You read our Nerd Alert! posts, you glance over your favorite tech blogs and sites, and maybe you even read the tech/business section of your hometown paper, all in an attempt to stay on top of what's going on in the tech world. But sometimes even all that won't cut it. These days, news travels at speed of tweet. If staying up on the latest gadget news, industry shake-ups, rumors, and gossip is as important to you as it is to us, we suggest you start following these notable techies on Twitter.

natew

Nate Westheimer
Why: Leader of the NY Tech Meet Up, co-founder of Any Clip (a site specializing in paid downloads for movie clips), blogger for Innonate (his personal op-ed blog), and all-around entrepreneur, Westheimer is the face of NYC's Silicon Alley.
Tweets: Notable tech headlines, posts from his Innonate blog, replies to other tech industry tastemakers, and colorful rants about what he's doing or where he's at.
Followers: 3,846
Follow @innonate

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juliak

Julia Kaganskiy
Why: Part-artist and part-tech geek, Julia bridges the gap between several subcultures to produce the Arts, Culture & Technology Meetup, a NYC-based group for those interested in the convergence of all three domains.
Tweets: Kaganskiy manages to keep her followers engaged with all the latest excitement that's going down in the world of tech, MOMA, and of course, NYC.
Followers: 4,322
Follow @juliaxgulia!

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peterc

Peter Cashmore
Why: The CEO/founder of Mashable, a site dedicated to trends in social media, Cashmore has turned his site into into one of the primary destinations for social-media-related news.
Tweets: Although his Mashable account is updated more frequently than his personal one, expect by-the-post updates with the latest in social-media news.
Followers: 8,007
Follow @petecashmore! or @ Mashable

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jesus-11

Jesus Diaz
Why: As senior contributing editor for Gizmodo, one of the Net's top gadget sites, Diaz usually has the lowdown on what's about to hit the market.
Tweets: Diaz usually rants and raves about the latest Apple products in both English and Spanish, providing followers with a bilingual nerd experience.
Followers: 3,718
Follow: @jesusdiaz

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jennyd

Jenna Wortham
Why: A quintessential nerd girl with downtown style (look at those glasses!), Wortham is a NY Times tech blogger who's usually quick to keep her followers updated about the latest in tech news.
Tweets: Most of her tweets are fed from her NY Times blog, but expect a mix of world news, local news, as well as those random NYC moments that make Twitter oh-so-entertaining.
Followers: 342,899
Follow: Follow @jennydeluxe!

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caro

Caroline McCarthy
Why: A CNet News writer, McCarthy pens a column called The Social that focuses on the role that social networking plays in modern society.
Tweets: Expect plenty of interactions with her followers and personal thoughts on the latest in tech news. Got a question about Starbucks wi-fi policy? McCarthy isn't afraid to sound off.
Followers: 13,364
Follow @caro!

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calil

Cali Lewis
Why: Host of the now-defunct online tech culture showGeekBrief.TV and all-around tech pundit, Lewis adds her insight, experience, and thoughts to virtually anything she is attached too.
Tweets: The newest iOS, XBox 360, Wordpress plug-ins--you name it.
Followers: 76,214
Follow @calilewis!

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philipd

Phillip DeFranco
Why: Founder of the YouTube Channel "Like Totally Awesome," De Franco speaks on various geek-related news, whether it's the latest iPhone, anime release, or Xbox360 incarnation. His most recent efforts helped him break the recently hyped-up Mortal Kombat: Rebirth teaser trailer.
Tweets: Whether he's about to hit up E3, chilling with game babes or letting YouTube fans know about the latest video, DeFranco makes sure to keep followers updated about how, like, totally awesome his life is.
Followers: 125,353
Follow @phillyd!

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heatherh

Heather Harde
Why: Because she's the CEO of Tech Crunch, one of the most influential tech sites on the web. Ask TIME Magazine.
Tweets: A cool mix of posts fed from the Tech Crunch site, as well as musings on working with Tech Crunch co-founder Michael Arrington and other fellow technologists.
Followers: 2,607
Follow @heatherharde!

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tbaratunde

Baratunde Thurston
Why: A Harvard grad/comedian/author, Thurston embodies the universal renaissance man. His most recent exploits include hosting the Science Channel's Future Of and being a regular on Leo Laporte's This Week in Tech.
Tweets: Usually the latest Silicon Valley gossip, which event he's speaking at, or promoting his latest podcast appearance.
Followers: 36,614
FOLLOW @baratunde!

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