Today, Twitter and Starbucks announced you can now tweet a Starbucks gift card at other users on Twitter. Sounds good, right? But before you start sending lattes left and right, you may want to follow a few more people in the tech space and in the IT community.
Enter today’s #FollowFriday, or #FF. If you’re on Twitter and don’t know what this is, it’s a Friday standby where Twitter users recommend a list of accounts to others. For example, you might tweet, “#FF @itworldca @itbusinessca @compdealernews” to encourage your followers to follow these accounts, especially if you see value in their tweets.
For this edition of #FF, here are a few Twitter handles that we think are worth a click on the “follow” button.
Claudiu Popa, president of Informatica Security and Privacy
Google fined over $200,000 for failing to comply with E.U. privacy law, failing to explain reasons for collection and methods of disposal.
— Security & Privacy (@datarisk) January 9, 2014
As the president of Informatica Security and Privacy, Claudiu Popa is the key person curating the tweets behind the handle @datarisk. This account shares news and headlines on cybersecurity, including news on trends like virtual currencies, social media, and Popa’s own analysis of the topics. He also blogs for IT Business.ca – check out one of his most recent posts on the cyber attack on Snapchat here.
Shawn Freeman, partner and manager of operations at TWT Group Inc.
Made it to #ces2014 and found the intel booth.. #vegasbaby pic.twitter.com/SZbhG7KQOD — Shawn Freeman (@shawn_freeman) January 7, 2014
Based in Calgary, A.B., Freeman is currently down at CES 2014 in Las Vegas and is blogging about some of his experiences for IT Business.ca. Another blogger for IT Business.ca, right now you can follow him for more on what’s going on at CES. You can also read one of his posts on how U.S.-based Not Impossible Labs is using 3D printing to help people who need prosthetic limbs in South Sudan.
Shahrzad Rafati, founder and CEO of BroadbandTV Corp.
Be positive & express gratitude – check out how changing your outlook can benefit your #startup: http://t.co/2ZJ5yX4USw
— Shahrzad Rafati (@shahrzadrafati) January 6, 2014
Named one of Fast Company’s most creative people in business in 2011, Rafati is the head of BroadBand TV Corp., a Vancouver-based startup that helps brands and content creators monetize their YouTube videos. In December 2013, she received a double dose of recognition – she was named Executive of the Year at the Next Media Digi Awards, and the Women’s Executive Network placed her on the list of 100 most powerful women. Rafati regularly tweets about entrepreneurship and leadership. And as a bonus, she’s also down at CES 2014 right now.