10 Mac tweeters not to miss

From tech celebs to hidden gems, our Mac expert names 10 sources whose Apple-related tweets he couldn't do without.

Macworld's Twitter feed is a great starting point for folks who wish to maximize their education-to-noise ratio. The tweets are mostly Apple product-based, but there are occasional tweets about interesting news in the PC sector. To keep up with everything that's going on in the world of Apple, Macworld is a sure bet.

Follow cost: 1.81 tweets per day all time / 1.98 tweets per day recently

Recent tweets that have caught my eye:

Ben Long explains how to build your own Drobo-like media server http://is.gd/7HmJm

Here's more info on Aperture 3: http://bit.ly/cMyZnK

Mac OS X Hints: Customize the root shell's prompt in Terminal http://is.gd/8KW4q

@feedmyapple -- apple correspondent -- and @awtisa -- awtisa

Making up for the obvious Macworld selection, here are a couple of lesser-known Twitter accounts for those who want to know every scrap of information that leaks out of Apple's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters. I've found that by following these two in concert, I rarely miss a Mac story worth reading.

While Apple-focused, these feeds occasionally dip into other news as well, from music to Google's Nexus One smartphone to the Fox TV show Glee. However, if you absolutely want to make sure every bit of Apple news gets to you via Twitter, add these two to your follow list.

@feedmyapple follow cost: 44.01 tweets per day all time / 35.40 tweets per day recently

Recent @feedmyapple tweets that have caught my eye:

Get a TUAW discount on Mac theft recovery service from hidden http://bit.ly/bXGNUW #Apple

Mac users damn, defend Microsoft's 'ribbonizing' of Office 2011 http://bit.ly/dt4EfP #Apple

Current MacBook Pro Models Deleted From Best Buy's Inventory System? Updates Imminent? http://bit.ly/cC94l2 #Apple

@awtisa follow cost: 39.87 tweets per day all time / 45.95 tweets per day recently

Recent @awtisa tweets that have caught my eye:

Apple Planning Smoother Transitions Between Graphics Processors in Upcoming MacBook Pros?: AppleInsider reports th... http://bit.ly/awPEwa

Sharing data between your Mac and iPhone: The iPhone to me is less phone, and more of an extension to computing. ... http://bit.ly/cdENLX

What's that menu item mean on my Mac? Filed under: Mac 101 Ever since you've started using your Mac, you've been ... http://bit.ly/9RlPgK

@robpickering -- Rob Pickering

Rob's bio tells us he's a "Technology geek and IT VP with interests from SCUBA to Macintosh and iPhone to UNIX and World of Warcraft." In other words, he fits right in on this list. His tweets are mostly about technology, with many focusing on his Mac and software for the Mac.

Follow cost: 2.12 tweets per day all time / 2.08 tweets per day recently

Recent tweets that have caught my eye:

Experts weigh in on Mac vs. PC Security (http://bit.ly/awUOpC) - Yes, Macs are more secure. #Security

I installed Click2Flash into Safari, it hasn't crashed or locked up since (http://bit.ly/bvmbLT) #OSX

Installing Windows 7 into Boot Camp under Mac OSX (SL) (http://bit.ly/b679R1) #Macintosh #Windows

@michaelbshane -- Michael Shane

Michael Shane is a self-professed Unix and Mac geek, but his tweets aren't limited to those two subjects. From commentary on iPhone apps to links to photography on his Web site, Shane's posts cover a wide variety of topics and moods.

Follow cost: 7.71 tweets per day all time / 7.13 tweets per day recently

Recent tweets that have caught my eye:

People who think the #iPad should run a full version of Mac OS X are elitists who assume anything with a circuit revolves around them. Fail.

Watching a talk from TED on my iPhone I was thinking that were I on an #iPad I wouldn't be able to compose this tweet simultaneously. Hmm.

My wish for the supposed #Apple press event later this month? Aperture 3 please. Pretty please. With crack on top.

@pa930 -- george

This recommendation comes with a bit of a warning: I don't know who george is, and my (basic) attempts to find information about him didn't turn up anything useful. (His bio says, "tech tech tech apple tech tech [apple icon] tech tech [apple icon] tech apple tech tech tech apple, and other...") George is obviously an Apple fan, but he doesn't appear to be affiliated with any specific technology company, and not all his tweets are about Apple technology.

His tweets are occasionally humorous (some have made me laugh out loud), and a good number of them link to interesting news bits. Be warned, however: If you're sensitive to offensive language, I would avoid this one.

Follow cost: 8.26 tweets per day all time / 15.93 tweets per day recently

Here's the series of tweets from george that won me over:

The iPad will be great in the future.

Downloading the last Apple keynote... 1.05GB but OK

I'm definitely gonna wait until the next generation of the Apple iPad. They'll add a ton of newer stuff into it.

After a few minutes had passed, I assume spent watching the keynote:

It is official

I want an iPad

Bonus: IDG Mac tweeters I follow

For the rest of my Apple news, I follow a select few folks whose comments, insights and links round out my Twitter experience. I chose not to include them in the primary list because they're all closely affiliated with Computerworld or its parent company, IDG. If you can forgive them that, they're worth your time and attention.

@ScotFinnie -- Scot Finnie is both editor in chief of Computerworld and a recent convert to the Mac platform. I find his perspective unique and a fair representation of all platforms.

@kmingis -- Ken Mingis is the managing editor of news for Computerworld -- and a huge Mac fan. Generally, Ken's posts are the retweets of Computerworld's own news stories, but there's enough personality thrown in to make it an entertaining add.

@ryanfaas -- Ryan Faas is a freelance colleague and frequent contributor to Computerworld whose articles I very much enjoy reading.

@jsnell -- Jason Snell, currently editor of Macworld, has been providing Apple fans with news and commentary since 1994 at MacUser.

@mdeagonia -- Michael deAgonia And, last but not least, me. If you like this article, go ahead and follow me.

Michael deAgonia, a frequent contributor to Computerworld, is an award-winning writer, computer consultant and technologist who has been using Macs and working on them professionally since 1993.

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