Monday, April 25, 2011

Setting the multifamily world a-Twitter

An industry friend (who shall remain nameless, unless she desires to name herself) recently asked me to list my top ten multifamily tweeters, and provide some insight as to why I rank them so highly. In alphabetical order, here are my picks.
  1. @30lines
  2. @artchickhb
  3. @BSitko
  4. @CharityHisle
  5. @Eric_Urbane
  6. @LisaTrosien
  7. @mbj
  8. @mbrewer
  9. @SGreenough
  10. @trainingfactor
My list is pretty varied: it includes industry consultants, vendors, trainers, speakers, and execs from management companies. But in my eyes, what unites all of these individuals is their passion for the multifamily industry, and their commitment to making it a better space. If you check out any one of these Twitter accounts, you'll see lots of smart conversations. (And some silly ones, but I personally happen to like that. All business and no play makes for a dull interaction, in my book.) You'll also see tons of information and ideas being shared. These folks have their finger on the pulse of what works and what doesn't, and they're more than willing to share their opinions and experiences in an effort to pave the road for the rest of us through conversations on Twitter, Facebook, Quora, and blogs. (For the record, many of these people manage numerous social media accounts—both personal and professional—and multiple blogs. In what hour of the day, I have no idea, but I am in awe of their efforts, nonetheless.) If all that weren't enough, these people also donate their time and wisdom to various local and national multifamily organizations, speak at many of the industry's best known conferences, and participate in webinars and online chats.

I'm so proud to be part of the multifamily world: when you have such smart, generous people in your industry, it's really hard to NOT be excited about what you do. If my friend's "assignment" had been to think of a list of 20, or even 50 individuals, I would have happily done so: there are many more who share the passion and insight of my short list above.

Who's on your must-follow list? Please weigh in and share your thoughts in the comments section.