- Venture capitalist Bijan Sabet
) of Spark Capital. Yes, he's an investor in some of the services he uses, such as Twitter and the blogging service Tumblr, but he's also an active user of Flickr, last.fm, Stickybits, and other novel stuff.
- Antonio Rodriguez
, an entrepreneur who just joined Matrix Partners as an investor. (@antrod
on Twitter.) Rodriguez has written recently about why he felt compelled to order Apple's new iPad ... using the Nike+ run-tracking system... and hacking Google's NexusOne phone.
- Google Ventures executive (and former entrepreneur) Rich Miner talks not only about Google's Android operating system, which he helped develop, but services like Foursquare, Oneforty
, Vitality's GlowCaps
, and Google investments like SCVNGR
- Laura Fitton (@pistachio
) was an early consultant and speaker on the dynamics of social media; now, she's chief executive of the Boston start-up Oneforty, which manages a directory of Twitter-related software... and she has 52,000 Twitter followers.
- Steve Garfield
was among the first vloggers (video bloggers), someone who tested all sorts of new cameras and video-sharing sites. More recently, Garfield was one of the first Bostonians to regularly broadcast live video from his mobile phone using the Qik service. (@stevegarfield
- Author, conference organizer, and social media consultant Chris Brogan
thinks constantly about how technology is changing the way we talk to each other (and the way we interact with businesses); he has amassed 130,000 followers on Twitter, where he is @chrisbrogan
- Omnipresent at social media gatherings, every time I see Joselin Mane
), he fills me in on a new site worth knowing about, like SpeakerRate
— a way to share slides from your presentations, and let the audience rate you. Mane also runs BostonTweetUp
, an online calendar and video series that keeps tabs on many of the social media oriented events in town. (Disclosure: Mane was just a speaker at a conference I helped organize in New York.)
- IBM technology architect Eric Anderson is a hard-core Foursquare user
(he's mayor of nearly 100 spots around town); he's also good for tips on new mobile apps like Gatsby
, which helps make introductions to people (in the real world) based on shared interests. (@eric_andersen
- Angel investor, entrepreneur, and MassTLC board member Bill Warner
tries out new technologies like Prezi and the blogging service Posterous (in which he is an investor), and frequently posts videos
from local start-up events. (@billwarner
- Performable CEO and Compete.com co-founder David Cancel
often mentions a new bookmarklet he's trying out, or a new start-up like Next Big Sound that he's helping get off the ground as an angel investor. (@dcancel
And a few honorable mentions: Google exec Don Dodge (@dondodge
) ... Betahouse co-founder Jon Pierce (@jonpierce
) ... start-up advisor Sim Simeonov (@simeons
) ... recruiter Tom Summit (@tsummit
) ... HubSpot co-founder Dharmesh Shah (@dharmesh
) ... Dayna Grayson of North Bridge Venture Partners (@daynagrayson
) ... techie and Lotus alum Chris Herot (@cherot
) ... Mike Hirshland of Polaris Venture Partners (@vcmike
Now, I left out some people who may have a vast blog audience or Twitter following, but don't regularly test out new stuff. And others who may always tell you about some cool new Android app when you see them at a cocktail party, but don't have a public platform. Neither of those kinds of people qualify, to me at least, as true alpha users.
But who else would you add to the list? Post a comment if you would.
: my entire lis
t is now also on Twitter, where you can see what these alpha users are saying, or opt to follow them all in one fell swoop.)