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10 More Big Data Pros To Follow On Twitter

Looking for big data expertise in 140 characters or less? Here are 10 more industry players that can help.
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In May, we covered the top 10 big data pros to follow on Twitter, and not only did you follow, but you clamored for more. So we're back with 10 more pros that are great Twitter follows and know the difference between Hadoop and de-dupe.

Yes, the irony isn't lost on us that all these tweets are generating a giant mess of data, and that the data is hard to parse and sort through. But if you think reading Twitter is hard, try making a business decision in real time using big data. Or try helping to visualize all that data so a manager can access it and understand it in a useful way. Try making sure the data is accurate and answers the right questions. Try making sure it is relevant to the real world.

Those are the kinds of problems our experts are handling every day. And we know enterprises are struggling with them. That's why IDC predicts that the market for big data services and technology will grow to $16.9 billion in 2015, representing 40% growth. Companies are looking for the next strategic advantage and they think it is hidden deep inside their own servers, but they are having real troubles squeezing it out. If you're like everyone else, you could use all the help you can get.

We're not promising you'll solve all your big data problems overnight just by following these 10 (+ the first 10 = 20) folks on Twitter. But we do know they're going to give you a lot to think about.

Last time, we had some rules about who we could pick and who we couldn't. For instance, we excluded folks in sales and marketing. We are a little more lax this time, but don't worry. We still haven't picked anyone whose feeds are going to be one big marketing ploy after another. It's just that social media, business intelligence and analytics, and marketing are starting to get tied up into one pretty confusing knot.

It just didn't seem fair to exclude someone because gleaning detail from social media data (clearly an extension of marketing) was part of their job. But you won't find anyone on the list who is known only for that.

You know the drill: Click the arrow to get started. Pictures, whenever possible, came directly from the feeds of our experts, so you know what to expect when you follow them. Check out our list, follow these folks, and let us know in the comments section who you are following.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

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kstaron
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7/24/2014 | 6:18:38 PM
Need to get tweeting
Those lists of favorite tweets was just about good enough to make me want to set up that twitter account I've been putting off for the last few years. I especially liked the first guy. Anyone who can use numbers to say something socially profound in a tweet is awe-inspiring.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/11/2014 | 2:55:47 PM
Re: Twitter list to subscribe to?
@johnnykelso- Good suggestion. There isn't a list yet. But I'll look into making one for all of IWeek's favorite follows.
PedroGonzales
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7/11/2014 | 11:48:38 AM
Re: Twitter list to subscribe to?
The people you mentioned really are true experts in the field of big data.  I will try to follow them as well.  I like how each of them try to look at big data in their own way. They also mentioned the challange big data has in their own work as well.
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johnnykelso,
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7/11/2014 | 8:07:54 AM
Twitter list to subscribe to?
Is there a Twitter list we can subscribe to that has all these accounts, or do we need to add each one individually?
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/10/2014 | 6:35:53 PM
Re: Data Pros
A meant with a feather touch. An example would be providing data that proves a point without ever trying to make that point. Just let the data stand on its own and slowly work on the viewer until they come to your inevitable conclusion.
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7/10/2014 | 6:25:10 PM
Re: Data Pros
@David, can you give an example of data being using as a feather? Is the data being tickled or is the end user? Or are you talking feather as in feather touch?
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/10/2014 | 12:17:51 PM
Re: Data Pros
@jastro- Shouldn't we all read more literature? :)

What I like about Kline is that he uses numbers to contextualize the news rather than prove a point. Data can be used like a hammer or a scalpel or a feather. He seldom uses it as a hammer.
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7/10/2014 | 10:10:02 AM
Data Pros
great list @dave -- I'd forgotten I had to follow Ezra Klein. I must have been asleep that day I followed fewer people on Twitter. It's not that I don't like him, I just wish he would read more literature...
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