If you’re still trying to navigate the labyrinth that is Google+ and are wondering who to follow, we’ve got a list of 10 must-follow photographers, techies, and more that will liven up the quietest Google+ feed out there. With Google employees, tech bloggers, photographers, vloggers, designers, entrepreneurs, and more, there’s an incredibly lively discussion going on on Google+, it’s just a matter of knowing where to look.
If you’re still looking for tips on how to use the social networking site itself, be sure to check out our list of quick tips for Google+ newbies , on how to manage your circles, send private messages and more, as well as MakeUseOf’s Google+ guide .
Once you’ve got the hang of Google+, be sure to add the 10 following accounts to your circles:
Trey Ratcliff describes himself as “a warm-hearted, old-school gentleman explorer with really cool toys.” Best known for his stunning HDR photography, Ratcliff is not only a must-follow for his fascinating and beautiful photography posts, he’s also a must-follow for his efforts to connect with Google+ users the world over, organizing photo-walks everywhere from Austin to Australia.
Who should follow Trey Ratcliff? Photographers, photography-enthusiasts, and anyone who’s been bitten by the travel bug.
Natalie Villalobos is Google+’s community manager, so you know that you’re going to get the inside scoop by following her. Not only are you going to get Google+ news though. You’ll get a sneak peak at her own life, at what’s going on in Google Headquarters (which happens to include a Googley rendition of Harlem Shake, and more)
Who should follow Natalie Villalobos? All Google+ fans.
Mike Elgan describes himself as “the world’s only lovable technology writer.” A dedicated Google+ user, you can be sure to find a ton of interesting content from all over the web shared on Elgan’s Google+ account. Why? Because Elgan has actually abandoned his traditional blog in favor of his Google+ page. He’s so sold on Google+, you can even get his Google+ stream by signing up for aor email.
Who should follow Mike Elgan? Anyone interested in tech, gadgets, social media, and of course, Google+.
Robert Scoble certainly needs no introduction. Describing himself as “Rackspace’s startup liaison officer”, Scoble is far more than that. One of the most prominent names in tech, he can have such a positive impact on startups, his recommendation has earned itself the catchy phrase: The Scoble Effect. To find out all about Scoble’s recommendations, follow him on Google+.
Who should follow Robert Scoble? Anyone interested in tech. Period.
While Google+ appears to be a male-dominated social network, there are a few women who have earned themselves a significant following and with good reason. One of them is Cali Lewis. Her tagline reads: “Host of Tech Show GeekBeat.TV, Tech Expert for CNN/FOX/SiriusXM, Tech & Social Media Speaker,” and it seems there’s little Lewis doesn’t do. Her posts are a combination of tech articles, tips, videos, and she’s even known to run the occasional giveaway with impressive prizes.
Who should follow Cali Lewis? Anyone interested in all things geek.
Alireza Yavari has four topics listed in his tagline, “Art, Design, Tech, Science” and he also adds “a little bit of fun” to the mix. Yavari himself created a Google+ service that you might find handy. Recommended Users helps you find other interesting people to follow on Google+ based on specific categories with everything from photographers to foodies. Yavari’s own Google+ is constantly bustling with new posts.
Who should follow Alireza Yavari? Anyone looking for a heavy dose of design with a healthy side of tech.
Who better to follow on Google+ than one of Google’s very own? Vic Gundotra is Google’s Senior Vice President for Engineering, and is of course, an avid Google+ user. Follow him to keep up, not only with the latest Google news and Google+ updates, he’s constantly sharing heartwarming, hilarious and fascinating stories. Did we mention he has photos posted that were taken using Google Glass?
Who should follow Vic Gundotra? Any Google fan.
Gina Trapani’s tagline on Google+ is impressive: “ThinkUp co-founder, Host of This Week in Google and All About Android, Todo.txt creator, founding/former editor of Lifehacker.” A staple name to anyone in the tech world, Trapani’s Google+ feed is everything you would expect it to be. Not only can you keep up with interesting articles and videos she shares from around the Web, you can also keep up with updates to her own projects.
Who should follow Gina Trapani? Anyone interested in productivity, social media, gadgets, and much much more.
Chris Pirillo’s tagline tells you he’s been online since 1992. It also describes him as an entrepreneur, speaker, consultant/coach, entertainer and geek. In other words, there’s little Pirillo can’t do. An energetic and enthusiastic blogger and vlogger, you can keep up with Pirillo’s latest videos without ever leaving the comfort of Google+. Like Cali Lewis, he’s also been known to organize some pretty cool giveaways.
Who should follow Chris Pirillo? Anyone interested in keeping up with his Vlog, and the very latest in technology.
Last but not least, another official Googler, Louis Gray keeps his followers up to date with all things Google, and a lot more. Add sports, TED videos, and photos of his adorable kids into the mix, and you have a genuine person you’ll really want to follow on the social network. And of course, you’ll always be one of the first to find out Google’s latest news by following Gray.
Who should follow Louis Gray? Anyone looking for a down-to-earth, all-round nice guy who knows his tech.
In addition to finding interesting people to follow, Google+ isn’t any fun unless you have a few people following you as well. In addition to sharing engaging and interesting content, MakeUseOf’s Bakari Chavanu has put together a great list of tips for improving your Google+ status , to help you gain more of a following on the social network.
Who do you recommend we should follow on Google+? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to add MakeUseOf to your Google+ circles.