Knowledge Management on Twitter: Who to Follow

KM_influencerTwitter is increasingly a popular way to connect with experts across a variety of fields. Finding the people you know is easy enough, but how do you discover people who are actively tweeting about the topics you’re interested in? For me, I’m interested in a number of subjects, but of particular interest is the field of knowledge management — helping connect people to share and leverage knowledge and expertise.

On the subject of knowledge management, MindTouch has attempted to do just that — creating an annual list of the Top 100 Influencers in KM. While I’m honored to be included on the list (at #53), I should point out that it’s far from perfect. The list evaluates Twitter users, based on their use of the #KM and #KMers hash tags. If you’re a key influencer who does not use Twitter, you’re not on the list. If you’re a key influencer who doesn’t use the key hash tags, you’re also not on the list (sorry @elsua).

Keeping up with the Top 100 KM Influencers

Following all 100 of these users is probably not of interest to most of you, even if you have a passion for KM. You may have other interests, and other topics that you follow. Here’s how you can easily keep up with the KMers on this list, without necessarily following all of them. I’ve created a Twitter list. You can subscribe to this Top 100 #KMers Twitter list. Whenever you want to view their latest tweets, visit your Twitter profile, click lists and then select the subscribed list. You’ll see all their latest tweets.

Over time, you may see certain people that you want to follow. If you choose to follow someone, all of their tweets will appear in your Twitter stream.

You can create your own Twitter lists, and I encourage you to do so. Lists are a great way to help you filter and refine the tweets you see, and manage the exchange of information.

Who are the Top 100 #KM Influencers for 2013?

Here’s the full list:

RankTwitter HandleNameDescriptionURL
1weknowmoreweknowmoreKnowledge management and social media for individuals, networks and organizations #education #KM #training #e20 NL Ì¢èωۼ http://weknowmore.nl
2DavidGurteenDavid GurteenKnowledge Management consultant, speaker and facilitator. Founder of the Gurteen Knowledge Community and Gurteen Knowledge Cafes. iPhone: +44 7774 178 650 #KM
3snowdedDave SnowdenFounder and Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge
4StanGarfieldStan GarfieldKnowledge manager, communities of practice evangelist, community facilitator, social business practitioner, writer, presenter, and leader
5NancyWhiteNancy Whitechocoholic, online facilitator, learner, visual thinker. Co-author Digital Habitats:stewarding technology for communities
6VMaryAbrahamVMaryAbrahamBlogger, Knowledge Management Consultant, Corporate Lawyer, Workshop/Meeting Facilitator, Strategic Conversations Coach, Social Media Enthusiast.
7JackVinsonJack VinsonTheory of Constraints and Knowledge Management. Also: cycling, personal effectiveness, books, wife & kids (two boys), Boston.
8euanEuan SempleHelping people understand the web

/Author of Organizations Don't Tweet People Do
94KMAlice MacGillivrayInspired by natural systems, I work with leadership, knowledge & complexity. PhD in systems. Health entrepreneur and Fjord horse owner. Art by Amy Lenzo.
10knowledgetankknowledgetankFeeding the best knowledge management blogs to Twitter. Served by @weknowmore #KM #KMers
11ithorpeIan ThorpeKnowledge manager, international development worker, suburban dad. Tweets represent my views, not my organization's etc.
12RichardHareRichard HareIntranet Troubleshooter Richard Hare fixes broken intranets: knowledge management, social media, internal communications - and acts in his spare time
13WestPeterPeter WestNewly-published, subscription & fee-based scholarly articles, books, etc. of interest to knowledge workers (#KM). Free articles *echoed* to @WestPeter_Free
14gaurisalokheGauri SalokheIKM Officer @ #UNFAO, Social media, communications, organizational skills dev, food security, hunger, environment, green issues etc. Thoughts R my own!
15chris_collisonChris CollisonAuthor, Advisor, Consultant, Coach in Knowledge Management (#km) and Organisational learning
16KMersChat#KMers organizes weekly Twitter chats for knowledge professionals by using the #KMers hashtag. Would you like to contribute? Get involved
17DeltaKnowledgeStuart FrenchFocus: Knowledge Management & Wikis - enjoys Blogging, Ice Hockey, Go, Guitar, Photography, Watercolor Painting. Public speaker.

Drawing on the input of knowledge management communities and industry experts
19johntJohn TropeaCollaboration Lead...and interested in all the c words - collaboration, coordination, cooperation, complexity, community, communication...
20KMWorldMagazineKMWorld MagazineCovering the latest in Content, Document and Knowledge Management.
21cdnChristian DE NEEFSeasoned consultant. No dogmas. No preconceptions. No schools. Working at the crossroads of innovation management, knowledge management & learning organizations
22mariosoaviMario Soavi#KM #semantic #communication #trend #advertising #marketing
23ewenlibewenlbLearning, KM, innovation, comms, M&E for social change and empowerment is my work. Ì¢‰âÂèÏFun, focus & feedbackÌ¢‰â‰㢠my mantra. +friends+family+music+food+sport my life.
24KMAsiaPacificKM AsiaKM Asia - over 10 years of running knowledge management events.
25StephenDaleSteve DaleLearning about life and a life-long learner. Willing to pass on what I find out - even the useful stuff!
26KM4devkm4devKnowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev) is a global Community of Practice that learns and shares on the same.
27etiennewengerEtienne Wenger
28klowey22John HovellPractitioner, speaker, and writer in knowledge management strategy and methods.
29KMskunkworksDavid GriffithsPhD (Edin) Founder K3-Cubed Ltd - Org. Complexity, resilience, KM and HR speaker, educator and consultant
30nickknocoNick MiltonKnowledge Management guide and coach, trainer and service provider, with more than 19 years experience. Director and founder of Knoco Ltd.
31jeanneHolmJeanne HolmEvangelist,; Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA/JPL; UCLA Teacher and Alum
32KnowledgeBossManaging Knowledge?Sharing knowledge and collaborating? Get news from the Boss. Learn more here
33StrategicKMKnowledge ManagementKnowledge, KM, Strategic KM, Knowledge Creation Process, KM programmes, Creativity & Innovation.
34driessenSamuel DriessenSenior Consultant at Entopic. Interests: enterprise 2.0, social business, knowledge management, social media, intranet, communities, change, innovation, ideas
35BarbaraFillipBarbara FillipInterested in knowledge management, learning (organizational, e-Learning, etc..) international development, aerospace, fiction writing, and film music. (en, fr)
36panklamPatti AnklamNetworks, complexity, relatedness/it's all Net Work
37LawyerKMPatrick DiDomenicoDirector of Knowledge Management at @OgletreeDeakins, Lawyer, KM, Social Media, Apple, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
38APQCAPQCOne of the worldÌ¢‰â‰ã¢s leading proponents of knowledge management, benchmarking, and best practice business research. Make best practices your practices.
39rsamiiRoxanna SamiiDevelopment worker, KM practitioner, social media strategist, interested in potential of mobile telephony and how web2.0 tools can help eradicate poverty
40carlfrappaoloCarl FrappaoloKM, BPM, ECM practitioner and zealot
41nancymdixonNancy DixonI focus on the human side of knowledge management
42metaphorageArthur ShelleyEducator, Author, Speaker: Metaphor tools for behavioural environment development, Projects, Mentoring, Leadership, Performance.

Meta (above), forage (seek)
43mathemagenicLilia EfimovaResearcher/practitioner: changing workplace and social media. Mother of two kids: value of attachment and non-standard educational options. Learning to balance.
44johanlammersJohan LammersMusic Maker, Knowledge Management Proclaimer, Organizational Psychologist, Social Media Trainer, Idea Generator and Overall Enthusiast
45JBordeauJohn BordeauxGrandfather, veteran, consultant. Most interested in issues of organizational knowledge design for the public sector. Views not those of my employer.
46markgouldMark GouldCommitted to exploring and sharing interesting stuff about law, knowledge, design, music, life, technology, und so weiter...
47swanwickRobert SwanwickFocused on innovation and online collaboration. Founder of twebevent and #KMers
48CollaboratrixCollaboratrixEntrepreneur | Social Business & KM | SharePoint Analyst | Writer | Photographer & Eternal Dreamer
49jmcgeeJim McGeeHelping organizations make better use of technology
50kmjugglerFrank Leistner5-Ball juggling CKO - passionate about knowledge flows
51jeffhesterJeff HesterChampion for KM & social media, online community curator, husband, dad, grandfather, friend, hiker, MTBer, backpacker, dog walker, and damn good listener.
52ckreutzChristian KreutzEntrepreneur and open knowledge advocate. Exploring the potentials for social innovation through collaboration. @ffminfo @okfde @ict4d
53lehawesLarry HawesObserver. Thinker. Writer. Advisor. Principal and Founder of @DowBrook. @GigaOMPro analyst. @Forbes contributor.
54KnowledgeBoardKnowledgeBoardIf you're interested in knowledge management, KnowledgeBoard is interested in you! It would be great if you could stop by.
55kdelarueKeith De La RueAcKnowledge Consulting - acting on knowledge, communication and learning. Facilitation, Education, Public Speaking. Opinions expressed are mine alone.
56KMHobbieDavid Hobbielitigation knowledge management attorney, husband and Dad, violinist and violist; also manage blog at
57roanyongRoan YongInnovation, KM, and Social Collaboration Consultant & Design Thinker. I'm the author of Social Collaboration.
58MadanRaoMadanmohan RaoAuthor and consultant in knowledge management, ICT4D, innovation, new media; world music editor and DJ
59collabguyMichael SampsonMaking Collaboration Work - culture, governance, adoption.
60chieftechchieftechI'm a consultant with Ripple Effect Group (was Headshift). Trying to design better applied technology. Not always serious on Twitter :-)
61KMeducationKMedu HubFind and promote Knowledge Management education & training worldwide | Mod.: Boris Jaeger (@borisj, @jaegerWM) | hashtag: #KMedu
62corzaCory BanksCollaboration Catalyst | Problem Solver | Change Agent | Social Business Activist | Innovation Advocate

My personal views. RT Ì¢‰Û¡åÊ Endorsement
63glambertGreg LambertLaw Librarian (BigLaw), Blogger,, Competitive Intelligence, Social Media, Knowledge Management (KM), Speaker, not Adam (sorry)
64nimmypalnimmypalKnowledge Seeker. Books. Flora & Fauna. Animation & Cartoons. Music. Silence. Humor. Words. Writing. Creativity. Entrepreneurship. Spirituality. Wodehouse. C&H.
65JohnGirardJohn Girard, Ph.D.Keynote Speaker, Author, Professor. Download our free #KM #Technology #Leadership #Culture iPad book Leading Knowledge
66mneffmneffInnovation, Knowledge Management, Organizational Change, Authentic Leadership, Learning, Connecting People
67s2d_jamesrJames RobertsonAuthor of Designing intranets: creating sites that work and What every intranet team should know. Intranet and CMS guru, owner of Step Two Designs.
68GurteenNewsGurteenNewsGurteenNews is a Twitter newsfeed that informs you of new resources and updates posted on Gurteen Knowledge.
69RonYoungRon YoungKnowledge Management and Innovation consultant, conference speaker, lecturer, writer
70roojwrightAndrew WrightEnd user intranet benchmarking, intranets, SharePoint, manages the Worldwide Intranet Challenge (WIC)
71neridahartNerida HartInformation and knowledge management specialist who is passionate about empowering people and sustainable agriculture - and also an alpaca breeder (suris)
72engin_eerMatt MooreI failed the Turing Test
73rickladdRick LaddProfessional Eclectic - Talented, experienced businessman offering varied skills for hire. Jack of all Trades, master of some. Iconoclast, boat rocker. Dad.
74jschunterjschunterKM Specialist at @UNDP interested in knowledge management (#KM), #development cooperation, organizational change, #ICT4D, #socialmedia and enterprise 2.0
75sagenetJenny Ambrozek
76michellelambMichelle LambChange & Knowledge Sharing practitioner - Facilitator of KMRt, into all things KM, Change, collaboration and Web 2.0, learning from others sharing with all
77kcbowerKate BowerChange management consultant, knowledge management & social media enthusiast.
78juneholleyJune HolleyNetwork Weaver,
79ictkmICT-KM of the CGIARCollaborate, Create, Communicate - a unit of the CGIAR
80JoeRaimondoJoe RaimondoPrincipal & Executive Strategist at Ontologique; focus on making sense of the emerging world of semantic awareness. Founding Principal: The Infotention Network.
81vanderwalThomas Vander WalI work at the intersection of social interaction design (SxD) & Enterprise 2.0 (a block from Web 2.0) - Work-ish account @infocloud. Open @openvanderwal
82tomknocoTom Youngone of the world's most experienced knowledge management practitioners
83BestKMresearchBest KM ResearchAcademic research findings about Knowledge Management and best practices for workplace collaboration, innovation and efficiency.
84rsimsRay SimsSenior knowledge management professional supporting tech, media and telecom industries. Outdoor adventurer. Aspiring dad, husband, social activist and Buddhist.
85borisjBoris JaegerKnowledge Management & Social Media consultant #jaegerWM | SmartPeople magazine #SPmag | KM Education Hub #KMedu | JÌÄå_ger-Mei(st)er-Fete #jmf
86carge77Seth CargiuoloBy night, Deep Thinker & Writer-In-Chief @ By day, CKO & Digital Strategy Guy at The Saint Consulting Group. All content my own.
87deb_lavoyDeb Louison LavoyReinvention of Marketing and Work. Be clear, be excellent, be kind.
88dineshtantriDinesh TantriPractice Lead - Social Collaboration at ThoughtWorks - Intensely passionate about the impact of social technologies on enterprises and education.
89AppliedWisdomCheryl CooperGlobal Knowledge Sharing Ninja. Ex-CKO. Team Leadership Trainer. Executive Coach. Expert Facilitator of Innovation #SocEnt & #KM fan
90KM_ForumKnowledge ManagementKM Forum - Knowledge Management Forum |

Join KM:
91MPuzzlePieceStephanie BarnesKM Consultant & I co-facilitate Knowledge Workers Toronto also check out
92knowledgeEnablerJoris Claeys# Econologics | Extended ENTERPRISE Econological SUSTAINABLE ValueChain SOLUTIONS Ì¢‰â‰ÛÏ Corporate & Public SUSTAINABILITY Ì¢‰â‰ÛÏ Resilience Coaching || WE are Unlimited!
93tribStephen CollinsThinker, doer, iconoclast, professional loudmouth. Runs @acidlabs, Creative Catalyst for @TEDxCanberra. Husband. Dad. CrossFitter. Rugby tragic. WoWer.
94joitskeJoitskeI tweet about social learning, workplacelearning, communities, innovation. I am fascinated by the way social media supports learning - Dutch and English tweets
95mrjcleaverMartin CleaverWiki, Distributed Collaboration, Atlassian Partner; 2010 Industry Chair for WikiSym conference. MSc Comp Sci & MBA. Co-runs;
96JeffMerrellJeff MerrellLecturer learning & organizational change at Northwestern Univ. @NU_MSLOC, ed tech & KM enthusiast, exploring digital collaboration for social benefit
97md_santoMd SantoKnowledge Management Ì¢‰â‰ÛÏ Complexity Theory Ì¢‰â‰ÛÏ Philosophy of Science Ì¢‰â‰ÛÏ Theoretical Physics Ì¢‰â‰ÛÏ Organizational Learning Ì¢‰â‰ÛÏ Higher Education Ì¢‰â‰ÛÏ Nature Knowledge Theory
98KnowledgePadAlan O'NeillPassionate about Sharing Knowledge.
99InmagicInmagicHelping organizations leverage their information and knowledge assets
100rdattaRaj Dattalove the intersection of technology, business, people, knowledge; Into collaboration, innovation, e2.0, social networks, communities;

Who is missing?

As I pointed out, the science behind this is imperfect, as it relies on people tweeting with the appropriate hash tags. Some of the Top 100 are “official” twitter accounts for organizations, and don’t interact so much as broadcast. Who would you include on your Top 100 KMers list? 

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