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Today everyone is getting their news and information from Twitter. At Business Insider, it’s how we get a lot of our story ideas.But figuring out exactly who to follow is a tough task. So we’ve put together a guide of some of the most influential thought leaders in the world who tweet.
Our criteria was simply this: that these people are respected voices in their fields — whether it be neuroscience, economics, business or journalism — and that they have developed a following for their insightful commentary on Twitter.
Abumrad has 2 million follows on air, and fewer on Twitter, but he's worth listening to. He'll give you quirky musings on science, technology and the world around us.
If you are a fan of Wired, you've got to follow Anderson. The guy is brimming with intel about the hottest gadgets and weirdest science research.
One of the most popular behavioural economists tweets about far-ranging issues like why we lie, and what psychological factors led to corruption on Wall Street.
Although she spends most of her time in New York, the Lebanese founder knows what's going on in the Arab tech startup world. She'll make you excited and hopeful about what technology is doing to change the world.
Bell's Twitter feed is an extension of his fascinating blog, mindhacks. He shares a smattering of articles on the latest trends in psychology, such as suicide as a global issue and changes made to the DSM.
Blakemore studies the brain, and she's fascinated with how we respond to social situations. She's one of the leading researchers on the teenage brain in the UK.
Bogusky is one of the biggest players in the advertising industry, and he's got lots of ideas he likes to share with people -- especially about environmentalism, and what people are doing to innovate in the space.
TIME called Botsman's forte, research on collaborative consumption, 'one of the 10 ideas that will change the world.' She offers the human side to an esoteric concept.
Branson could spend all of his time on Necker Island, but he's using his billions and voice (he's got over 2 million followers) to try and solve some of the world's biggest problems, like the HIV/AIDS pandemic and global warming. But it's Branson, so he also tweets out funny stuff.
The geopolitical analyst predicts a new world order with his book, 'Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World,' and now everyone wants to talk to him. He tweets constantly, so you can always know what he's thinking.
Brockman is on a mission to provide people with 'the edge of the world's knowledge,' and recently put out a book, 'This Will Make You Smarter.' On Twitter he describes himself as Einstein and Frankenstein.
The marketing consultant and speaker tweets a ton, but amidst all the personal chatter there's plenty of good stuff about marketing in the digital age.
People have been turning to Chopra for years. Now the guru tweets his thoughts on how to respond to life's tough questions. And his tweets aren't too heavy; they'll simply put your day into perspective.
Christensen changed the way companies do business with his theory of disruptive innovation. Today he's still trying to change the world, and his tweets are intended to help the process.
Costandi shares the latest neurobiology research, and gives us smart, quirky things like, 'According to my calculations, the human brain produces approximately 8.73 gadzillion nervous impulses every second.'
If you want to know about neuroscience and what it has to do with marketing, Dooley is sure to have the scoop.
Edelman strikes the right balance between demystifying McKinsey and not toeing the company line. He knows what companies are evolving right now, and shares what he can.
Freeland is a voracious tweeter who will RT smart opinion and analysis from all sides. She's up on all the news that moves markets and political systems.
Ghemawat will give you sharp global economic insights, and make you care about them. The Economist called him one of the top management thinkers in the world. He also won't overwhelm your Twitter feed.
Gross has founded 100 companies in the past 30 years, and he knows what people are talking about in Silicon Valley -- and he wants you to know, too.
It's Halligan's tips on marketing that has made him an all-star in his field. Along with running HubSpot, he's a senior lecturer at MIT.
The former Kodak exec has really embraced his 'thought-leader' persona. He throws some cool quotes into his feed too.
Sure, Huffington's job is to share news, but she'll engage you with huge global issues and intriguing facts about sleep and power. As one of the most powerful women in media, she also likes to share her tips for success -- and you ought to listen.
E-commerce, entrepreneurship and women in tech are Hunt's territory. Plus, she's really interactive.
Johnson heads up management guru Clay Christensen's investment firm. She uses her Twitter feed to make bold statements about life, investing, and women in the workplace -- all to get you thinking.
The former Apple chief evangelist is constantly broadcasting interesting bits of information from the internet, though he admits his Twitter feed exists solely to promote Alltop.
Krugman's one of the most polarising figures in economics, but no matter what you think of him, his tweets (which send you to his blog) are guaranteed to make you think.
The former Wired contributor shares the latest neuroscience research that is changing the way we think about psychology and intelligence.
Lindegaard embraces everything surrounding open innovation, a concept that is trending globally among executives and thought-leaders. He's a frequent tweeter.
Following Mann, a strategist focused on businesses and leadership, could very well help your company's bottom line. Many of Mann's tweets are maxims that double as sound life advice.
Marzano, a design, photography, and social media guru, often shoots his predictions of the future of social into the twitterverse. His blend of talents shines through in his terse but insightful posts.
Merchant has bold, inspirational tweets urging people to action. She has her finger on the pulse of what's going on behind closed doors at the country's biggest corporations and calls herself 'the female James Bond for innovation.'
Meyer takes current events -- like the John Edwards trial and Scott Thompson's resume scandal -- and ties it into her research on deception. Fascinating stuff.
He provides a look into all the crazy, groundbreaking (and really cool) things happening at Tesla, SpaceX, and elsewhere.
Paul's strategies on 'how we learn and how we can do it better' appear in her Twitter feed, and she may just tweet at you asking if you have a question about learning.
'The Red Bull of management thinkers' and 'lover of capitalism' has written a ton of business books, and he tweets on business empowerment and problem-solving.
The Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author wants to change the way we think about our jobs and careers. One of the '50 most influential business thinkers in the world,' Pink will have you mulling over his own message, and will provide some cultural recommendations along the way.
Popova is a self-described 'interestingness hunter-gatherer and curious mind at large,' and she loves sharing random, interesting facts about creativity.
Porter is one of the most important management figures of the last half-century. He doesn't tweet every single day, but when he does, you need to listen.
Qualman, the creator of Socialnomics, wants to predict how social will look a decade from now.
British author Matt Ridley believes that the 'mating of ideas' will propel us into a future of prosperity. He tweets provocatively about the environment, genetics, and society.
Sir Robinson will get you to think outside traditional systems and hierarchy, especially in the realm of education.
The infamous 'Dr. Doom' uses the medium to forecast and vex over global markets.
Salmon is a whipsmart financial blogger, and provides a counterpoint to everything. If he doesn't agree with you, be prepared to fight back.
The CEO and angel investor provides sensible thoughts about customer service in a world that's being flipped upside-down by social technologies. He's a savvy tweeter with a great voice, who provides insight on business through his own dealings.
Shirky knows everything about how technology -- and specifically, the Internet -- affects society. He's been studying it longer than most, so he's the perfect source.
He's a go-to guy for thought-provoking ideas in new media marketing and the consumer revolution.
Stratten is a source for anything and everything on 'Viral, Social, and Authentic Marketing.' He has been called 'one of the top influencers in the world on Twitter' and specialises in work/life balance, so expect some of his tweets to touch on this.
The consulting company CEO is a constant font of strategy and management ideas that will exercise your brain.
He promises 'useful, funny and challenging tweets about leadership, HR, stress and time management,' and he doesn't disappoint.
Wolfers interprets real-world events using economic research in ways regular people can (mostly) understand.
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