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Top 100 HR & Recruiting Industry Pros To Follow On Twitter (2011)

One of the more popular posts on this blog is “Who Should Recruiters Follow On Twitter? 100+ Suggestions“, so for this week’s “Top __” list, I’ve created a “updated and improved” version of that list to share with you.

The list includes a variety of professionals in the HR and Recruiting spaces – not just practitioners (although there are many). The list also includes consultants, a few pundits and maybe even a “thought leader” or two. In other words, it’s a good mix of people throughout the industry who share a variety of perspectives and includes many people who’s entire day-job is to study and share best practices with me and you.

Since there are many, many HR & recruiting professionals using Twitter, I wanted to try to create a “Top 100″ list of people who are truly engaging and are providing value that is recognized by their Followers. As with prior lists I’ve created, my methodology is not perfect – but at least it’s consistent. To create this list, I looked at hundreds (yes hundreds) of Twitter accounts where Human Resources, HR, recruiting, etc. were mentioned in the person’s bio. (So if you’re not on this list and you think you should be, check your bio to ensure you have the right keywords included for which you want to be found.)

And while people are “ranked” on this list, it certainly doesn’t mean some are better than others. These tweeters come in all flavors. Some are verbose. Some savor their words – quality over quantity. Some share a lot of links. Some include quite a bit of their personal lives in their tweets. But all tweet about HR & recruiting at some point.

Methodology:

  1. Only individual accounts were included (i.e. no company accounts or multi-contributor accounts.)
  2. Accounts were ranked on number of Followers, Twitter Grader score, Klout and the number of Twitter Lists they have been added to by their followers. Each category was ranked 1 – 100 and weighted equally. My goal in using these measures was to not just look at who’s got the most Followers, but also their reach, influence and effect on their Followers.

Want to follow individuals on this list? Click on their Twitter name to check out their Bio and follow or click on this TweepML icon to see/follow the entire list.
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 Top 100 HR & Recruiting Industry Pros To Follow On Twitter (2011)

1. Jessica Miller-Merrell (CEO – Xceptional HR) @blogging4jobs

Follower: 58278                        Grader: 100            Klout: 77           Listed: 1388

 

2. William Tincup (CEO – Tincup & Co.) @williamtincup

Followers: 51007                        Grader: 100            Klout: 72            Listed: 958

 

3. Craig Fisher (Vice President, Sales – Ajax Social Media) @Fishdogs

Followers: 25045                        Grader: 100            Klout: 70            Listed: 893

 

4. Laurie Ruettimann (Principal Strategist – Starr Tincup) @lruettimann

Followers: 14327                        Grader: 100            Klout: 70            Listed: 893

 

5. Jennifer McClure (President & Chief Talent Strategist – Unbridled Talent LLC) @CincyRecruiter

Followers: 13494                        Grader: 100            Klout: 70            Listed: 1123

 

6. Jenny DeVaughn (Manager, Social Media & Employment Branding – Waste Management, Inc.) @JennyDeVaughn

Followers: 9648                        Grader: 100            Klout: 66            Listed: 1619

 

7. Steven Rothberg (President & Founder – CollegeRecruiter.com) @StevenRothberg

Followers: 88963                       Grader:  100            Klout: 60            Listed: 2190

 

8. Michael Long (Head of Culture Branding – Rackspace Hosting) @theredrecruiter

Followers: 22179                        Grader: 100            Klout: 64            Listed: 850

 

9. Meghan M. Biro (Principal & Founder – TalentCulture, LLC) @MeghanMBiro

Followers: 12941                        Grader: 100            Klout: 65            Listed: 848

 

10. Paul Debettignies (VP Recruiting & Co-Founder – HireCast Consulting) @MNHeadhunter

Followers: 8215                        Grader: 100            Klout: 70            Listed: 759

 

11. Bill Boorman (Founder – @BillBoorman) @billboorman

Followers: 8108                        Grader: 100            Klout: 69            Listed: 810

 

12. Jim Stroud (Director of Sourcing & Social Strategy – Bernard Hodes Group) @jimstroud

Followers: 11103                        Grader: 100            Klout: 68            Listed: 588

 

13. Margo Rose (Social Media Recruiter – Jackson National Life) @HRMargo

Followers: 8366                        Grader: 100            Klout: 66            Listed: 830

 

14. Gautam Ghosh (Product Evangelist – Qontext, Inc.) @GautamGhosh

Followers: 6495                        Grader: 100            Klout: 71            Listed: 880

 

15. Michael VanDervort (Social Media Community Manager – Publix) @MikeVanDervort

Followers: 11225                        Grader: 100            Klout: 64            Listed: 651

 

16. Joe Gerstandt (Speaker/Facilitator/Writer – joegerstandt.com) @joegerstandt

Followers: 9085                        Grader: 100            Klout: 66            Listed: 554

 

17. Morgan Missen (Head of Talent – foursquare) @mm

Followers: 13337                        Grader: 100            Klout: 65            Listed: 481

 

18. Mark Stelzner (Founder – Inflexion Advisors) @stelzner

Followers: 9152                        Grader: 100            Klout: 65            Listed: 578

 

19. Jason Buss (VP, Talent Acquisition & Diversity – Ameriprise Financial) @jjbuss

Followers: 45887                        Grader: 100            Klout: 56           Listed: 852

 

20. Bill Vick (Principal – Vick & Associates) @BillVick

Followers: 13108                        Grader: 100            Klout: 60           Listed: 742

 

21. Kevin W. Grossman (Chief Marketplace Evangelist – HRMarketer.com) @KevinWGrossman

Followers: 7857                        Grader: 100            Klout: 70            Listed: 469

 

22. Shally Steckerl (Executive Vice President – Arbita) @Shally

Followers: 11106                        Grader: 100            Klout: 64            Listed: 490

 

23. Steve Boese (Director, Talent Management Strategy – Oracle) @steveboese

Followers: 6941                        Grader: 100            Klout: 66            Listed: 589

 

24. Jim Durbin (Managing Principal – Social Media Talent) @smheadhunter

Followers: 7343                        Grader: 100            Klout: 62            Listed: 900

 

25. Moises Lopez (Health Sourcing Lead – Accenture) @Moiseslopez

Followers: 16474                        Grader: 100            Klout: 58            Listed: 568

 

26. Recruiting Animal (Recruiter – Self Employed) @animal

Followers: 6880                        Grader: 100            Klout: 65            Listed: 578

 

27. Mike Ramer (President – Ramer Search Consultants, Inc.) @MikeRamer

Followers: 11296                        Grader: 100            Klout: 55            Listed: 603

 

28. Irina Shamaeva (Partner, Chief Sourcer – Brain Gain Recruiting) @braingain

Followers: 14192                        Grader: 100            Klout: 52            Listed: 662

 

29. Rich DeMatteo (Co-Founder – Bad Rhino, Inc.) @CornOnTheJob

Followers: 5609                        Grader: 100            Klout: 66            Listed: 544

 

30. Amybeth Hale (Editor – The Fordyce Letter & SourceCon – ERE Media) @researchgoddess

Followers: 6561                        Grader: 100            Klout: 65            Listed: 479

 

31. Andy Headworth (Founder – Sirona Consulting) @andyheadworth

Followers: 6963                        Grader: 100            Klout: 65            Listed: 445

 

32. Greg Savage (Founder & CEO – Firebrand Talent Search) @greg_savage

Followers: 7557                        Grader: 100            Klout: 66            Listed: 371

 

33. Trish McFarlane (HR Business Partner – St. Louis Children’s Hospital) @TrishMcFarlane

Followers: 6899                        Grader: 100            Klout: 60            Listed: 634

 

34. Bryan Wempen (EVP & Candidate Experience Expert – PeopleClues) @bryanwempen

Followers: 16462                        Grader: 100            Klout: 63            Listed: 318

 

35. Kris Dunn (Partner & Chief Human Resources Officer – Kinetix) @Kris_Dunn

Followers: 6894                        Grader: 100            Klout: 64            Listed: 454

 

36. Charlie Judy (Global Director, Human Capital Strategic Development/Operations – Navigant Consulting) @HRFishbowl

Followers: 5492                        Grader: 100            Klout: 67            Listed: 421

 

37. Susan Strayer (Sr. Director Global Employment Brand & Marketing – Marriott International) @SusanStrayer

Followers: 8554                        Grader: 100            Klout: 53            Listed: 507

 

38. Harry Urschel (Executive Recruiter/CEO – e-Executives) @eExecutives

Followers: 8049                        Grader: 100            Klout: 57            Listed: 408

 

39. Thomas Shaw (Founder & Managing Director – Recruitment Director) @ThomasShaw

Followers: 19596                        Grader: 100            Klout: 44            Listed: 656

 

40. Chris Hoyt (Talent Engagement & Marketing Leader – PepsiCo) @TheRecruiterGuy

Followers: 8487                        Grader: 100            Klout: 51            Listed: 570

 

41. Geoff Webb (CEO – Radical Events) @radicalrecruit

Followers: 4798                        Grader: 100            Klout: 69            Listed: 311

 

42. Glen Cathey (Market Vice President – Kforce, Inc.) @GlenCathey

Followers: 6254                        Grader: 100            Klout: 59            Listed: 443

 

43. Stephanie A. Lloyd (Partner/Director Acquisition Team – Deloitte) @StephanieALloyd

Followers: 7308                        Grader: 100            Klout: 53            Listed: 448

 

44. Karla Porter (Director of Workforce Development & HR – Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce) @karla_porter

Followers: 5575                        Grader: 100            Klout: 60            Listed: 399

 

45. John Sumser (Principal Analyst – HrxAnalysts) @JohnSumser

Followers: 5256                        Grader: 100            Klout: 62            Listed: 397

 

46. Geoff Peterson (Managing Principal – General Lead) @GeoffPeterson

Followers: 32547                        Grader: 100           Klout: 45            Listed: 428

 

47. Matt Alder (Founder & Futurologist – MetaShift) @mattalder

Followers: 5094                        Grader: 100            Klout: 63            Listed: 349

 

48. Sarah White (Talent Acquisition Process & Technology Consultant – HCMFreelancer.com) @ImSoSarah

Followers: 4745                        Grader: 100            Klout: 56            Listed: 498

 

49. Sharlyn Lauby (President – ITM Group, Inc.) @sharlyn_lauby

Followers: 7686                        Grader: 100            Klout: 49            Listed: 454

 

50. Kirk Abraham (Partner – EASTeam) @EASTeam

Followers: 26757                      Grader: 100            Klout: 42            Listed: 408

 

51. China Gorman (CEO – CMG Group) @ChinaGorman

Followers: 5532                        Grader: 100            Klout: 58            Listed: 348

 

52. Lance Haun (Community Director – ERE Media) @thelance

Followers: 4145                        Grader: 100            Klout: 59            Listed: 395

 

53. Barry Deutsch (Partner & Executive Recruiter – Impact Hiring Solutions) @Barry_at_IMPACT

Followers: 10295                        Grader: 100            Klout: 49            Listed: 311

 

54. Jessica Lee (Vice President, Talent Acquisition – APCO Worldwide) @jessica_lee

Followers: 6445                        Grader: 100            Klout: 49            Listed: 471

 

55. Jason Averbook (CEO & Co-Founder – Knowledge-Infusion) @jasonaverbook

Followers: 4678                        Grader: 100            Klout: 64            Listed: 228

 

56. Josh Bersin (CEO & President – Bersin & Associates) @Josh_Bersin

Followers: 7494                        Grader: 100            Klout: 49            Listed: 322

 

57. Miles Jennings (CEO & Founder – Recruiter.com) @milesj

Followers: 5924                        Grader: 100            Klout: 57            Listed: 259

 

58. Harry Joiner (Ecommerce Recruiter – EcommerceRecruiter.com) @EcommerceJobs

Followers: 5567                        Grader: 100            Klout: 56            Listed: 268

 

59. Kelly Dingee (Strategic Recruiting Manager – Staffing Advisors) @SourcerKelly

Followers: 5743                        Grader: 100            Klout: 49            Listed: 376

 

60. Tracy Tran (Owner & CEO – Tran Recruiting, LLC) @tracytran

Followers: 3435                        Grader: 100            Klout: 64            Listed: 283

 

61. Peggy McKee (Owner/Sr. Recruiter – PHC Consulting) @salesrecruiter

Followers: 10183                       Grader: 100            Klout: 42            Listed: 350

 

62. Traci Deveau (Process Consultant – SilkRoad Technology) @Devoted2HR

Followers: 4238                        Grader: 100            Klout: 52            Listed: 370

 

63. Steve Browne (Executive Director of HR – LaRosas, Inc.) @sbrownehr

Followers: 4654                        Grader: 100            Klout: 54            Listed: 305

 

64. Sue Marks (CEO – Pinstripe, Inc.) @SueMarks

Followers: 6508                        Grader: 100            Klout: 50            Listed: 284

 

65. Ben Eubanks (HR Generalist – Pinnacle Solutions, Inc.) @beneubanks

Followers: 4050                        Grader: 100            Klout: 51            Listed: 388

 

66. Keith McIlvaine (HR Corporate Recruiter – Victaulic) @kufarms

Followers: 4688                        Grader: 100            Klout: 52            Listed: 290

 

67. Kristi Jones (HR Consultant – Self Employed) @kjoneskc

Followers: 5639                       Grader: 100            Klout: 49            Listed: 274

 

68. Naomi Bloom (Managing Partner – Bloom & Wallace) @InFullBloomUS

Followers: 3993                        Grader: 100            Klout: 54            Listed: 272

 

69. Karen Mattonen (CVO – HireCentrix) @HireCentrix

Followers: 6979                        Grader: 100             Klout: 50            Listed: 188

 

70. Kevin Wheeler (Founder & Chairman – Future of Talent Institute) @kwheeler

Followers: 4769                        Grader: 100            Klout: 52            Listed: 223

 

71. Jon Ingham (Author, blogger, consultant – Strategic HCM) @joningham

Followers: 5171                        Grader: 100            Klout: 43            Listed: 357

 

72. Peter Gold (Managing Director – Hire Strategies Limited) @petergold99

Followers: 5636                        Grader: 100            Klout: 50            Listed: 216

 

73. Carmen Hudson (Engagement Manager, Sourcing & Social Media Strategy – Recruiting Toolbox) @peopleshark

Followers: 3544                        Grader: 100            Klout: 54            Listed: 233

 

74. Chris Havrilla (Principal – Havrilla, LLC) @havrilla

Followers: 3807                        Grader: 100            Klout: 53            Listed: 220

 

75. Jeff Lipschultz (Principal – A-List Solutions) @JLipschultz

Followers: 4785                        Grader: 100            Klout: 42            Listed: 341

 

76. Adrienne Graham (Talent Acquisition Consultant – Hues Consulting & Management, Inc.) @talentdiva

Followers: 6722                        Grader: 100            Klout: 23            Listed: 319

 

77. Christa Foley (Recruiting Manager – Zappos.com) @electra

Followers: 6488                        Grader: 100            Klout: 44            Listed: 222

 

78. Shannon Seery-Gude (Vice President, Digital & Social Strategy – Benard Hodes Group) @seerysm

Followers: 4639                         Grader: 100             Klout: 49            Listed: 224

 

79. Darryl Dioso (Lead Consultant – Resource Management Solutions Group) @DarrylRMSG

Followers: 7791                        Grader: 100            Klout: 42            Listed: 209

 

80. Shauna Moerke (HR Administrator – The Outsource Group) @HR_Minion

Followers: 3351                        Grader: 100             Klout: 44             Listed: 320

 

81. Nora Burns (Principal/Sr. Consultant – Insightful Endeavors) @NoraBurns

Followers: 4177                         Grader: 100            Klout: 47            Listed: 218

 

82. Michael Specht (HR Technology & Enterprise 2.0 Consultant – Inspect Pty Ltd) @mspecht

Followers: 4222                         Grader: 100             Klout: 43            Listed: 235

 

83. David Graziano (Talent Acquisition Specialist – Social Recruiting Strategist) @DavidGraziano

Followers: 5119                        Grader: 100            Klout: 41            Listed: 220

 

84. Ryan Leary (Sourcing Science/Sourcing Lead – Kenexa) @ryanleary

Followers: 3611                        Grader: 100            Klout; 38            Listed: 294

 

85. Stacy Williamson (Recruiter – ESPN) @RecruiterStacy

Followers: 8700                        Grader: 96            Klout: 60            Listed: 246

 

86. Arie Ball (Vice President, Talent Acquisition – Sodexo) @Arie_Ball

Followers: 4082                        Grader: 100            Klout; 48            Listed: 162

 

87. Deirdre Honner (Associate Director, Human Resources – Calvin College) @theHRmaven

Followers: 3808                        Grader: 100            Klout: 35            Listed: 233

 

88. Ryan Estis (Chief Experience Officer – Ryan Estis & Associates) @ryanestis

Followers: 2753                        Grader: 100            Klout: 52            Listed: 156

 

89. Kimberly Roden (Director of Human Resources – Cover-All Technologies) @Kimberly_Roden

Followers: 2980                        Grader: 98.3            Klout: 62            Listed: 288

 

90. Mervyn Dinnen (Content & Community Manager – Jobsite) @MervynDinnen

Followers: 2775                        Grader: 98.2            Klout: 67            Listed: 213

 

91. Susan Burns (Director, Talent Acquisition & Diversity – Bonneville Power Administration) @TalentSynch

Followers: 3536                        Grader: 100            Klout: 31            Listed: 218

 

92. Glenn Gutmacher (Recruiter – Sourcing SWAT Team Group Manager & Talent Search Architect – Avenade) @gutmach

Followers: 3789                        Grader: 100             Klout: 34            Listed: 166

 

93. Lisa Rosendahl (Human Resources Director – Veteran’s Health Administration) @lisarosendahl

Followers: 3697                        Grader: 98.5            Klout: 48            Listed: 391

 

94. Robin Schooling (Vice President Human Resources – Louisiana Lottery Corporation) @RobinSchooling

Followers: 2685                        Grader: 98.1            Klout: 64            Listed: 244

 

95. Steve Levy (Managing Director, Technology & Social Media – Twiller-Moore) @LevyRecruits

Followers: 3201                        Grader: 97.8            Klout: 62            Listed: 293

 

96. Eric Peterson (Diversity & Inclusion Manager – Society for Human Resource Management) @EPetersonSHRM

Followers: 2793                        Grader: 98.3            Klout: 63            Listed: 213

 

97. Tim Sackett (Executive Vice President – HRU Technical Resources) @TimSackett

Followers; 3098                        Grader: 98.1            Klout: 58            Listed: 264

 

98. Duane Roberts (Technical Recruiter- Andiamo! Group) @DuaneRoberts

Followers: 4097                        Grader: 100            Klout: 34            Listed: 72

 

99. Cindy Ausman (Managing Partner – Gartner Partners, LLC) @CindyRecruiter

Followers: 3618                        Grader: 100            Klout: 31            Listed: 140

 

100. Franny Oxford (Vice President Human Resources – Leedo Building Solutions) @Frannyo

Followers: 2377                        Grader: 98.1            Klout: 67            Listed: 198

NOTE: If you’re wondering how you stack up, minimum number of followers to make the list – 2,377, minimum Twitter Grader score – 96, minimum Klout score – 23, minimum number of lists – 72.

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So who’d I miss? Who are your favorites – on or not on this list?

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