my top ten #followfriday list for 2010

Today is not only Friday but it is the last day of 2011.  I want to take this final post of the year to thank and recognize a number of people. 

So in a Twitter tradition, I dedicate this post to the following 10 people who I suggest you follow for all the right reasons:

  1. @saulcolt – He’s not the Mayor of Twitter for nothing.  Saul is a word of mouth marketing genius whom I have had the good fortune of getting to know over the past 12 months.  And one thing I can always count on is his time.  He is not only generous with his time but with his knowledge and ideas as well.
  2. @vasta – Sameer Vasta actually told me how to use Twitter: Just do it (paraphrased of course).  He is kind and wise beyond his years.  And although we seldom personally see each other or speak, it is always a pleasure when we do.
  3. @scolirk – Nile Livesey is the President of Perpetual Radio Networks and has given me my first opportunity to podcast.  My show is now called thirdocean’s Social Media Show.  I hope you have a chance to check it out.
  4. @mehnazt – Mehnaz is actually someone who I have not yet met in person. But I’ve had the pleasure of her being my editor on a couple of articles I’ve written for The Ismaili. She is the best editor I’ve ever had.
  5. @greggtilston – Gregg Tilston is the Social Media Manager for Flight Centre Global.  He’s also a good guy who is 100% behind Toronto’s local tech and social media communities.
  6. @soniyamonga – Soniya is a go-getter in the truest sense.  She is bright and articulate in all forms of communication.  She can be found blogging and even moderating events about the Canadian tech scene.
  7. @CarolynVan – CVan is an amazing business partner.  I am so freaking excited to be her business partner.  I totally lucked out.  She is not just an intelligent businesswoman.  She has insight and wisdom beyond her years.
  8. @karimawad – Karim. His first name says it all.  The name of his company says it even more: big time.
  9. @mycitylives – Adil and Adam have grown from a small little company with big dreams to one of Toronto’s most popular start-ups. They are also some of the nicest people in the city.
  10. @AlexBlom – I recently met Alex at FreelanceCampTO.  He has gone out of his way to introduce me to some of the most interesting and successful people in the Canadian tech scene.

I’m sure I have forgotten many people here.  There have been many people who I met this year who I’m excited to get to know more in the coming year. 

To EVERYONE who I communicate with on Twitter, thank you.  Thank you for following. Thanks for your ReTweets.  Thanks for your amazing and insightful commentary on life and business.  Thanks for the sillyness too.  Thanks for shaking my hand when we meet face-to-face.

Thanks for an amazing 2010.  2011 is gonna rock!

P.S. Not following me on Twitter? I’m @karimkanji and my business is @wearethirdocean