Are you new to Twitter and/or the blogosphere? Trying to find the most influential thought-leaders in the space? Before the advent of web 2.0 and social media, it was easy: follow the leaders like Bersin (Josh Bersin’s blog & Twitter and Madeline Laurano’s blog & Twitter), Aberdeen (Mollie Lombardi on Twitter), Forrester and Gartner (Jim Holincheck and Thomas Otter on Twitter).
Now, in addition to those long-established leaders, there are a host of others cropping up or expanding their influence into the realm of social media.
Here's a brief list of the people I personally follow and look to daily, and if you're looking for a few good recommendations, these are mine.
1. Knowledge Infusion is the recognized consulting authority on human capital management (HCM), talent management, and emerging technologies. Jason Corsello, Jason Averbook and Bill Kutik are literally everywhere, from running HR Tech Conference, to speaking at iCIMS’ Customer Advisory Council, to all over Twitter. They are the leaders- pay attention to everything they say
2. iCIMS: Okay, blatant self-promotion here. But you should become an iCIMS Facebook fan, follow us on Twitter and read our iBlog.
3. ERE: ERE’s online community contains thousands of pages of content relating to recruiting, and continues to drive traffic from over 58,000 loyal members. Having established a strong brand associated with the cutting edge of the recruiting industry, the website continues to add new content and functionality regularly. I scour my ERE Daily newsletter, so I recommend signing up for it. Follow some of the ERE guys on Twitter, too: ERE on Twitter, Todd Raphael , Scott Baxt and David Manaster.
4. Laurie Ruettimann: Listed as one of the Top 5 career advice websites by CareerBuilder and CNN, Laurie is a full-time Human Resources speaker and writer who advocates for a common sense approach to traditional employment practices. She's the gal behind Punk Rock HR, @lruettimann and @punkrockhr. As talented and busy as she is, she still finds the time to be personable and kind.
5. Recruiting Blogs: Mmm, so between the time I started writing this blog and now, Recruiting Blogs actually acquired Punk Rock HR. So 4 and 5 might be a combo. But check them out on Twitter. You should especially follow John Sumser’s Top 100 influencers project, and also connect with Jason Davis. This is another newsletter that I look forward to every day.
6. William Tincup: This guy is pretty outrageous, but is a brilliant and effective marketer. If you are selling software or service solutions anywhere in the employee life cycle from hire to retire – you should know his company. Starr Tincup has helped more than 150 clients in the human capital space innovate marketing. Check out their Blog or follow them on Twitter @starrtincup (bio: human capital marketing rockstar.) You can also get his most recent book for free (and free=awesome).
7. Fistful of Talent: A well-known and even more well-respected blog that covers an extremely wide berth of HR topics in a fun yet informative style. Some of their superstars include Jessica Lee, Kris Dunn and Jason Seiden. Also, put faces to the names by watching their installments of FOTV, where the FOT team tackles pertinent issues in a really engaging video format.
8. Glen Cathey. This man is passionate (read: obsessed) with how to more effectively mine human capital data. He's the man behind the Boolean Black Belt blog and you can also follow him on Twitter. He recently reached out to iCIMS regarding a search feature within our system. It got a lot of great dialogue going and we took him up on some of his suggestions to better serve our clients.
9. Recruiter Earth. Check out the Recruiter Earth online community. (You can also connect with Chris LaVoie on twitter.) They come up with approximately 6000 new, creative and effective ideas a day. Also, I don't know how they do it, but they may have THE most active and engaged online community. Chris, are you bribing all these people? ;)
10. Penelope Trunk's blog gives readers advice at the intersection of life and work. You can also follow her on twitter. She's an outstanding writer and doesn't hold anything back. Some of her content may be controversial, but she backs it so strongly with irrefutable evidence that sometimes you just can't help but be amazed, and then agree.
11. iCIMS…? Become a Facebook friend, follow us on Twitter and read our iBlog.
And then to rattle off a few more:
1. Naomi Bloom
2. Sarah White
3. Recruiting Animal
4. Steve Boese
5. Cheezhead, of course
6. Sharlyn Lauby
7. Lance Haun
8. Renegade HR
9. HRM Today
10. Did I mention iCIMS? Become a Facebook friend, follow us on Twitter and read our iBlog. Ok, ok, enough.
Well, the hyper-linking of all these resources is killing me, so I'm going to call it quits here. Who did I miss? Whose advice do you follow religiously? Which person or group do you consider an authority in the HR space?