8 Essential Technology Journalists To Follow On Twitter

Dave Parrack 29-08-2012

technology journalistsIf you’re reading this then the chances are you’re a fan of technology. Not only is MakeUseOf a website dealing with technology, the word is also in the byline, so even if you’re a first-time visitor you’re likely to be interested in hardware, software, the Internet, social networking, and gadgets. To name just a few of the different sides the umbrella term ‘technology’ encompasses.


I would also hope, as a fan of technology, you’re on Twitter by now. All the cool kids are, and only refuseniks such as our own James Bruce cannot seem to bring themselves to embrace it. But who should you follow on Twitter? I’ve sorted the wheat from the chaff to bring you a rundown of the 8 essential technology journalists you should be following on Twitter. Now. Go. Do it. Well, after you get to the end of the article at least.

Seth Weintraub @llsethj

Seth Weintraub has written for various websites and publications, including Fortune and Computerworld. But he’s mainly known for co-founding 9to5Mac, which he still contributes to. Unsurprisingly, Weintraub is a fan of Apple but he has more recently started covering Google as well.

Twitter Style: Lots of linking, lots of conversing.

Josh Topolsky @joshuatopolsky

Joshua Topolsky used to be editor-in-chief at Engadget before upping sticks and co-founding The Verge, where he is the current editor-in-chief. Topolsky may be a bit of a hipster 7 Great Websites Poking Fun At Hipsters Hipsters, or scenesters as they're sometimes called, are a sub-culture who want to be different. At all costs. That longing to be different has now come full circle, where it's actually the norm (or at... Read More but don’t hold that against him. He knows his stuff and knows his staff.


Twitter Style: Fun, frenetic, and full-on.

Nilay Patel @reckless

Another member of The Verge, this time the managing editor. Nilay Patel has opinions on most things tech-related and would like to share them with you. This means he has as many haters as he does fans. It’s a tough life writing for the Web.

Twitter Style: Opinionated and observational.


Om Malik @om

Om Malik has been writing about technology for well over a decade, during which time he has contributed to Forbes, Red Herring, and many other websites. He eventually founded GigaOM and the network of blogs that now reside under its ever-spreading wings.

Twitter Style: Always interesting, always engaging.

Charles Arthur @charlesarthur


Charles Arthur is the technology editor for British newspaper The Guardian. He has also written a book looking at how Apple, Google, and Microsoft has evolved over the last two decades. One of the few tech journalists to successfully maintain a non-fanboy stance.

Twitter Style: Intelligent and inclusive.

Nick Bilton @nickbilton

Nick Bilton is a technology columnist for The New York Times and the lead blogger for Bits. Bilton’s job is talking about technology in as accessible a manner as possible, and he manages to do so extremely well.


Twitter Style: Broad, brash, never boring.

Ed Bott @edbott

Ed Bott was writing about technology when I was still at school. And yet he still has his finger on the pulse. He mainly writes for ZDNet, and mainly about Microsoft and Windows. Apple fanboys should probably avoid Bott, unless they fancy getting taken down a peg or two.

Twitter Style: Amusing and abrasive in equal measure.

Farhad Manjoo @fmanjoo

Farhad Manjoo wrote for Wired and Salon before becoming the technology columnist for Slate. He also now occasionally contributes to PandoDaily. Manjoo was once called a hater alongside Louis Gray and some guy called Dave Parrack by the CEO of Cuil.

Twitter Style: Straight, sober, to-the-point.


There are some big names missing from that list of technology journalists. Believe me, I had trouble paring the names in the frame down from 20 to just 8, and even the first number wouldn’t include everyone who deserves a mention. But these are 8 tech journalists who not only write, and are passionate, about technology, but also tweet multiple times per day with interesting content. Even journalists have to be entertaining to be worth listening to, don’t they?

If there are any other technology journalists, bloggers, columnists, or writers you feel deserve a mention then feel free to give them props in the comments section below. It goes without saying you should be following all of the MakeUseOf writers, who you can find by clicking on their usernames at the end of @makeuseof tweets.

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  1. Filipe Costa
    September 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Nice to know.

  2. Qwerty
    August 30, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Where can I read about James Bruce's dislike of Twitter?

  3. winstonleong
    August 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm


  4. gpvprasad
    August 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I thought following make use of is sufficient

    • Dave Parrack
      August 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      MakeUseOf is clearly the first source you need but there are hundreds of others that specialize in reporting on different facets of technology.

  5. April Eum
    August 29, 2012 at 6:01 am

    great quick insight on these journalist/bloggers, didn't know some worked in such positions

  6. John Paul Wohlschied
    August 29, 2012 at 3:04 am

    My favorite tech writer is Bob Cringely (@cringely). He's been writing about the computer industry for 25 years and has some great insights and contacts. i'm surprised he did not make the list. Check him out.

    • Daniel Escasa
      August 29, 2012 at 8:23 am

      I understand that Cringely isn't one single writer, although it might be the case that there's one Cringely at any given time, and when he moves on, someone takes over. Previous Cringelys, for instance, might take a kinder view of Julian Assange.

    • Dave Parrack
      August 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      I wasn't aware of Bob Cringely until now. Having looked him up it's primarily the pen-name of Mark Stephens with a few others thrown in to the mix. Thanks for the recommendation :)

      • John Paul Wohlschied
        August 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm

        Well, the Mark Stephens' Bob Cringely is the only one I have ever read or heard of. In fact it was a documentary that he did for PBS on the history of the PC (Triumph of the Nerds) that got me interested in computers. He also wrote a fascinating book on the same subject (the book was the source for the documentary) with a great name: Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition and Still Can't Get a Date. Check it out.

  7. jpgwapo
    August 29, 2012 at 1:33 am

    thanks for the list...