There's no question that Twitter drives website traffic. This is particularly true when one of your updates (blog post, special offer, etc.) is retweeted within the industry. And the effect is two-fold: You not only get a good dose of traffic to your site, but will also likely gain new Twitter followers as a result. This will help with future Twitter marketing and can even land you on other users' lists.
Also, take into account a September, 2009 study by Middleberg Communications and the Society for New Communications Research, that found 70 percent of journalists said they use social networks to assist in reporting - up from 41 percent the previous year. In all, social networks, including Twitter, can be a very powerful way to get your message and your brand in front of people who are seeking news stories and resources to share with their audiences.
With that in mind, Website Magazine conducted a little research to come up with a list of 100 Twitter accounts for Web Professionals to follow, and target as retweet prospects. This list is in no way scientific and it is not all based on the accounts' number of Twitter followers. In some cases, the account's willingness to retweet has been weighed along with total followers. We cannot guarantee that each account is an expert in the industry, or that they will follow you back - some will, but some will not. However, even if they don't follow you, consider an occasional "@" tweet to get their attention - just make sure it's a quality update that is relevant to their interests. The following list is in no particular order. Of course, you will want to start by following @WebsiteMagazine. Good luck.
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
WEBSITE MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTORS
Geno Prussakov: twitter.com/eprussakov
Bryan Eisenberg: twitter.com/thegrok
Tim Ash: twitter.com/tim_ash
Heather Lutze: twitter.com/Heatherlutze
Dante Monteverde: twitter.com/SEOcorner
Kim Krause Berg: twitter.com/kim_cre8pc
Ann Smarty: twitter.com/seosmarty
Karon Thackston: twitter.com/karonthackston
Jordan Kasteler: twitter.com/JordanKasteler
Cindy Krum: twitter.com/suzzicks
BONUS: BIG MEDIA
You might not stand much of a chance being retweeted by these, but it's worth a shot due to their sizable audiences.
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