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20 Australians you should be following on Twitter

I thought I would suggest some of the people I am, and would recommend following on Twitter, and being a Online Marketing guy in Australia, obviously all these are Australia based.

twitter is not a chat wallpaper

Before anything I’m Lucio_Ribeiro on twitter

Darren Rowse
Company/Website: Problogger
WHO?: Probably the most notable and famous of Australian’s bloggers.
WHY: Hugely popular, highly respected and well worth following

Gavin Heaton
Company/Website: servantofchaos
WHO?: Gavin works at SAP in Global Business Development and writes The Servant of Chaos blog.
WHY: Well connected, interacts and bring value for conversations.

Andrew Richardson
WHO?: Creative Director at News Digital Media
WHY: Good source of information

Chris Sylvester
WHO?: Web and Marketing Consultant.
WHY: Great sense of humour, well connected, interacts a lot

Jacob Cass
WHO?: Designer
WHY: I look forward for his Twitts “Logo of the day”

Duncan Riley
Company/Website: Inquisitr
WHO?: Editor, The Inquisitr, CEO Nichenet.
WHY: Hugely experienced blogger, ex TechCrunch and VERY well connected

Mark Pollard
WHO?: Digital & brand strategist. IA, SEO, SM, content, community, utilities. Strategy Director (Sydney) / McCann Sydney. CEO / Stealth Magazine.
WHY: Great, down on earth, collaborative guy.

Keith Don
Company/Website: World Vision Australia.
WHO?: Digital Project Manager
WHY: I can’t stop learning from him.

Company/Website: Yabble / Deloitte Digital / The Hive Co-Founder
WHO?: internet entrepreneur
WHY: Great guy, Ross is my guide for Web related events in Melbourne.

Steve Hopkins
WHO?: Internet Savy Man
WHY: Great Person, and hugely entertaining twitter read

Kate Kendall
WHO?: Online Editor of | Writer | Blogger
WHY: Kate, participates and integrates Twitter ideas to the MarketingMag

Markus Hafner (Eskimo_Sparky)
WHO?: Online Recruiter & business grower
WHY: Velociroflcoptersaurus admirer

WHO?: Guitarist, artist, web designer, teacher, geek
WHY: Can talk Dexter, politics, art, photography, technology, the environment and something else.

Trevor Young
WHO?: The PR Warrior
WHY: Talks public relations, marketing and communications, PR 2.0, social media, word-of-mouth and brand engagement

Laurel Papworth (Silk Charm)
WHO?: Social Networks Strategist
WHY: She’s been listed in the top 150 marketing and media bloggers worldwide (Power150) by AdAge and in the top 5 Australia (B&T)

Pete Williams (Preneur)
WHO?: Australian Entrepreneur
WHY: Referred as Australia’s Richard Branson

Stephen Collins (Trib)
WHO?: Internet Strategist
WHY: Stephen is the prominent Twitter voice from Canberra, his blog at acidlabs is in the AdAge Power 150 and I need to s, He’s a great guy to have a chat!

Julian Cole
Company/Website: Adspace-pioneers
WHO?: Digital Strategist @ The Population
WHY: Julian connects people

John Johnston
Company/Website Jjprojects
WHO?: Social Media Manager, Global Team at Earth Hour
WHY: Enthusiasm for generating conversation

Michael Specht
WHO?: HR Technology, Recruiting & Enterprise 2.0 Consultant
WHY: He’s a twitter Shotgun

Others to follow/watch:

Thats just some of my recommendations, Please feel free to add yours on the comments


Lucio Dias Ribeiro

Lucio Ribeiro is Online Circle Digital’s lead strategist. You can find him at @lucio_ribeiro, or

55 Responses to “20 Australians you should be following on Twitter”

  1. good list and some excellent and v interesting peeps thx (from

    Posted by pete davis | January 13, 2009, 10:56 am
  2. Also, please feel free to follow me if you like –

    Posted by David Talamelli | January 13, 2009, 11:29 am
  3. Apologies, forgot to include link to my Twitter ID:

    Posted by David Talamelli | January 13, 2009, 11:30 am
  4. Apologies, forgot to include my Twitter ID:

    Posted by David Talamelli | January 13, 2009, 11:32 am
  5. Hi Lucio,

    Yer a little light on the ladies there

    Check out @OMG, @GetShouty, @annikskelton, @zebrabites

    And that’s just for starters

    Kate Richardson’s last blog post..Do audiences expect their theatre to be brand free?

    Posted by Kate Richardson | January 13, 2009, 11:39 am
  6. Lucio

    I’m delighted to be on the list – that you think my influence and value to the community is that high is very flattering. Thank you. Like Laurel and a couple of others here, my blog at acidlabs is in the AdAge Power 150 (equally astounding and flattering).

    While Mr Mansfield is someone to watch, it’s not for reasons that he should be proud of – His notoriety (for want of a less flattering word) precedes him…

    BTW, you’ve got the text for my Twitter address incorrect, even though the link is right.


    Stephen Collins’s last blog post..Social Media Club Canberra launches

    Posted by Stephen Collins | January 13, 2009, 11:40 am
  7. Hi Kate
    Thanks, There are so many good ones, it’s so difficult to nail down.
    I expect to grow this list with maybe 100 or so :-)

    Posted by Lucio Ribeiro | January 13, 2009, 8:15 pm
  8. You missed my bacon wrapped Aussie friend @MarvLove – Animator for the Diz, father, sneakerhead, Java junkie, and all around good egg.

    MaxWeb’s last blog post..MaxWeb: Bacon wrapped filets from Omaha Steak:

    Posted by MaxWeb | January 13, 2009, 8:59 pm
  9. If wayne is in there, I think the least you could do is add Australia’s favourite mascot @gustheboxer

    Posted by Matt | January 13, 2009, 9:32 pm
  10. Great list Lucio, thanks for including me on the list. I look forward to watching it grow.

    Kate, I think the fact that it is light on in terms of females is probably because it is a reflection of the ratio in the Twitter/Blogosphere of male to female.

    Julian Cole’s last blog post..A Digital Perspective – Crystal Ballin’

    Posted by Julian Cole | January 13, 2009, 10:17 pm
  11. Thanks for the inclusion Lucio. I’m in some amazing company.

    This is a great list as you’ve made it based on the value to you rather than a quantitative measure. I think that is what makes Twitter special – the ability to get value in bit sized chunks that meets your particular needs.

    Your 20 may not be the next person’s top 20, but people that follow you are likely to be interested in who you follow, and what you have found. That’s also why I retweet often – everyone’s networks aren’t the same but the knowledge can be valuable to others.

    Again, great list and I’ll catch up with you on twitter!

    Posted by Keith Don | January 13, 2009, 10:21 pm
  12. Hi Lucio.
    Great list. Helps the rest of us grow good lists more quickly – thanks.
    Added 80% of them. Look forward to a more extensive next step.
    Jeff Richardson

    Posted by Jeff Richardson | January 13, 2009, 10:45 pm
  13. Hi Lucio,

    Great list, and a humble thanks for the nomination :)

    You’re right in terms of expecting this list to grow – Australia’s Twitter community is becoming really vibrant as more and more people enter the fray, which is all very exciting. The by-product of this is not just growth on Twitter but across social media generally as practices such as blogging and other platforms start to become even more mainstream in terms of participation.

    Thanks once again for the inclusion.

    Posted by Trevor Young (PR Warrior) | January 13, 2009, 10:47 pm
  14. blatant self promotion for an up’n’comer@andrewdever

    And an idea for another post – why don’t you track how much impact your post has had on follows to these top 20 accounts?

    Posted by Andrew Dever | January 13, 2009, 11:41 pm
  15. Thanks for the inclusion Lucio :)

    Jacob Cass’s last blog post..Copyright Issues In Logo Design

    Posted by Jacob Cass | January 14, 2009, 1:14 am
  16. Great list, look forward to following these people

    My twitter is


    Thomas Shaw’s last blog post..Interview with Tim de Jardine from Hirewall

    Posted by Thomas Shaw | January 14, 2009, 2:02 am
  17. Would love to be on that list. I’m a technology news blogger and podcaster from Wodonga, Australia.

    Check me out

    Posted by Jason Cartwright | January 14, 2009, 3:46 am
  18. A lady twitter waving hi!
    Artist, Designer, Photographer
    Photoblog and Photography Software Blog

    Kerri’s last blog post..Canon fix 5D Mark II black dot problem

    Posted by Kerri | January 14, 2009, 4:26 am
  19. Nice list – we’ll have to catch up again soon!

    Posted by Ross Hill | January 14, 2009, 4:32 am
  20. Thanks for including me amongst these esteemed tweople – I’m glad that someone has been able to articulate a reason to follow me ;-)

    Markus Hafner’s last blog post..eskimo_sparky: making magic happen

    Posted by Markus Hafner | January 14, 2009, 4:36 am
  21. Hey Lucio!

    Thanks for the addition mate – I’m very touched and honoured to be amongst such a cool group of people. I’ve had the pleasure to work with a few and feel the likes of @keithdon, @rosshill and @juliancole make the world a better place.

    @kate richardson I agree the list is a little light on but also tend to agree with @juliancole that it’s a demo thing rather than anything else. I agree with your list and also recommend: @becmatheson, @cait, @hsuenwen and @tephdee

    Finally, @andrewdever, my presence on the list gave me a bump of 29 people since the post went live…which is roughly a 10% increase in my followers. On average, I get maybe 2-3 followers a day so it certainly has been great for me on a follower level.

    Thanks again Lucio!!!


    Steve Hopkins’s last blog post..Strategic Tips when applying for Grants

    Posted by Steve Hopkins | January 14, 2009, 4:48 am
  22. I find @sarahprout great – always positive and inspirational.

    Also, feel free to follow me – @marnieb :)

    Marnie B’s last blog post..All I want for Christmas…

    Posted by Marnie B | January 14, 2009, 6:29 am
  23. I would have to recommend @bengrubb as well – Founder of Aussie tech blogcast

    Posted by Samuel Wells | January 14, 2009, 9:39 am
  24. Wow, thanks Lucio. Glad to be useful. I enjoy a lot of the same people. Will have to put something together on others to look out for.


    Posted by Mark Pollard | January 14, 2009, 10:15 am
  25. I don’t care what you say Lucio… I’m still not joining! :)

    James Duthie’s last blog post..The 5 most important lessons from my first year of blogging

    Posted by James Duthie | January 14, 2009, 10:35 am
  26. Another shameless overture from a gal Aussie tweeter :) I’m the Community Manager at LonelyPlanet:

    Great list, and terrific addendums from comments. We need a Twitter pack for Aussies if there isn’t already one.

    Posted by VenessaP | January 14, 2009, 11:03 pm
  27. Look at me, in all my glory, coming out of lurker mode.

    Good to meet you this morning, your RSS subscription just bumped itself up by 1. =)

    Zac Martin’s last blog post..+ Consider The Pot Stirred

    Posted by Zac Martin | January 15, 2009, 11:44 pm
  28. Does @SantaClause do gift delivery? ” :-)

    Kimberly Bock’s last blog post..What is Seo? Who Needs It? Why?

    Posted by Kimberly Bock | January 16, 2009, 1:38 am
  29. From an Australian’s viewpoint this is an interesting article, but out of everyone on the list Liam Alexander is the one that I’m going to add to my twitter list. Artist and fan of Dexter. He sounds like the right Slice of Life for me :P

    Darren’s last blog post..What came first, the chicken or the egg?

    Posted by Darren | January 16, 2009, 1:54 am
  30. @ Darren feel free to add more people on the list Darren, they are all influential in one way or another, and they might like Dexter.

    @ Kim – just for you darling!

    @Zac – you are great mate. It’s really nice meet you this morning.

    TO ALL OF YOU – Zac’s blog – is a must rss.

    @venessa – you’re so lovely, I enjoyed greatly to meet you this morning. You’re a sweety

    Posted by lucio | January 17, 2009, 11:16 pm
  31. @Samuel Wells
    Why thankyou :)

    Posted by Ben | January 18, 2009, 5:12 pm
  32. I picked up a handful of new names – thx for the list!

    Andrew McMillen’s last blog post..Eternally Yours, Addendum

    Posted by Andrew McMillen | January 28, 2009, 12:11 pm
  33. What about Gina Riley lol! Kim from kath and kim! @GinaRiley !

    Posted by Ales Mnad | February 18, 2009, 5:35 pm
  34. I feel left out! :D
    A blogger, living in Australia too:

    Michael Aulia’s last blog post..Raven, a free online vector editor, released to the public

    Posted by Michael Aulia | February 24, 2009, 5:03 am
  35. If you are into rugby, @ruggamatrix is a great one to follow. It’s a fairly new site launched with fantastic podcasts from folks in the world of rugby.

    Rosey’s last blog post..Women and children escaping violence.

    Posted by Rosey | March 5, 2009, 5:06 am
  36. Great list of great entrepreneurs. I never knew all these are having their presence at Twitter.

    Posted by Blog Stats and Updates – IV | March 9, 2009, 7:43 pm
  37. Great post, Lucio, thanks for the food for thought.

    You are a little light on the ladies there, but I would have to disagree with Julian Cole about Twitter being a male-dominated arena.

    I think it just depends upon the area of the blogosphere that you frequent. :)

    Posted by Jane Blogs | March 13, 2009, 9:58 am
  38. I have more women then men in my Twitter network. That might just be me :)
    @SilkCharm thanks you for including her :)

    Posted by Laurel Papworth | May 5, 2009, 9:24 am
  39. Laurel, you deserve
    As I said it wasn’t propositional it happened :-)
    Lucio :-)

    Posted by lucio | May 6, 2009, 9:16 am
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  41. Visit our twitter at @DNRTV101 ,we have around the clock Tech news & previews from around the world,we are aussie and wish to grow our twitter,we review TV’s,Pc’s, mp3 players,blu-rays,gaming,everything, so check us out @DNRTV101
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  43. Most of them are not on my list heehehe!
    should start adding them.

    Posted by Henry | July 11, 2010, 4:14 pm
  44. Would be great if you could add @bsivc… Thanks Lucio

    Posted by Ivan Kaye | November 5, 2010, 9:08 pm
  45. Great list, thanks for the share.

    Posted by SEO TO GROW | June 4, 2012, 8:28 pm


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