I have tried several tries to be more social with Twitter. I have set goals, put objectives and even banned all other social media platforms just to focus on Twitter. Each time I fail miserably and it didn’t bother me one bit. That is until my fellow Twitter friend @PoemedbyTony tweeted this:
I was upset not because he called me out on being a poor Twitter user. I was upset that I let down a reader and he had to kick me in the butt. It isn’t that I don’t like Twitter, I actually love talking to other users. It’s just putting in the time for it, it becomes a bit difficult. I than looked at one of my favourite bloggers Jim Yih and saw what he was doing on Twitter @Jimyih. His remarks and communication with his readers is outstanding. I started looking around more and discovered there are a ton of great Canadian finance related Twitter addicts users out their.
I decided I’d showcase them and promote them to our readers. I only picked the best Twitter users, that are actively talking about finance and knowing what they are talking about. Some might be shocked I didn’t mention some big papers or finance magazines. The reason is because they aren’t active on Twitter. I have no grudge or enemies…online.
What do I hope of getting out of this? Simple. I hope mentioning all these Twitter users will force me to be more active on twitter. Hopefully this piece will make our readers proud and hopefully I make new friends online from it.
The Finance Twitter User List
@krystalatwork – A 20-something personal finance blogger. She writes a kickass blog called Give Me Back My Five Bucks. Her posts are high quality and her commentors continue her work by providing a high level debate on each blog post.
@Larry_MacDonald – Blogger at CanadianBusiness.com. Never talked to him before but he seems to be in the same boat I am in with Tweeting. I included him because he writes some great pieces. Larry I think you and I need to tweet more.
@rcarrick – How can I forget about Rob, he provides probably the best information for Canadians on anything Finance. I pretty much only read the Globe and Mail because of him. Rob if you ever want to guest post (even under an alias) or collborate on a project, send us an email.
@BoomerandEcho – They live in Lethbridge (small town in Alberta) a great town I have actually visited. More importantly they (mother and son personal finance blog) are actively on Twitter and communicating with users all the time.
@FrugalTrader – another one of my favourite bloggers, though if you think I am bad at Tweeting. Frugal is even worse than me. That being said he provides so much value by just tweeting his own posts that he has to be put on this list. I still owe you a guest post!
@CEO_INGDirect – An actual CEO talking to his clients. That is pretty amazing and a great PR tool. Peter is down to earth and easy to talk to. Smart move on his part to join Twitter. Yes he does actually respond to tweets.
@MoneyMatters – He might be American and not drink real beer (Bud Light is really just water). Money Matters is based in Minnesota and really is a ‘cross-border’ blog as it does provide a lot of great information. He also actively tweets and RTs.
@MoneySmartsBlog – Based here in Toronto, Money Smarts Blog is run by Mike Holman. An avid and social media addict, he is just about to hit 5,000 tweets. Most importantly, each tweet (the ones I see) are all high quality. None of that fluff bs.
@moneyhighway – one of my favourite bloggers. Has tweeted an impressive 8k times, I am a bit shocked he has only 1.7k followers (still large) he has a massive site that is rich in fantastic content. If you don’t know who Money Highway is, where have you been?
@wisebread & @centsiblelife – They are both run by Kelly Whalen. A terrific twitter addict (I say that as a compliment), she actively tweets and creates discussion! WiseBread definetly made a smart decision in having Kelly run the Twitter platform. Kelly you are awesome.
@CdnCouchPotato – This one was tough, AWESOME resource but Dan tweets like once a week at best. He does RT (looks like through a feed…) a lot, so I gave him a pass. I just stumbled upon his blog today, I can’t stop reading his posts.
@Questrade – Ya I know, I was pretty shocked they tweet back to people also. I was expecting them to be stuck up and feel all high and mighty (seperate issue all together). But the person who is running the Twitter page is doing an awesome job. I like how they ask if a user needs help and actually tries to resolve the issue. Hats off to you.
@youngandthrifty – One of my favourite bloggers. Active community, great resource and run by a great girl. Honestly I have nothing bad to say at all. Definetly would love to replicate what she has done.
@squawkfox – Another one of my favourite bloggers. Haven’t talked to Kerry Taylor who runs the blog before. She seems nice from her tweets and all her articles a pretty insightful. She also has a book (I hear it is good) I hope to get my hands on it soon.
@SuperStarSaver – Honestly, I think ING Direct does everything awesome on Social Media. They tweet back to you and actually create a conversation. They create a dialogue between users, I’d be shocked if they haven’t grabbed or secured a client (or a potential client) from their twitter account. ING Direct… do not let go of that person who is running that twitter account go.
@TalkCondo – Run by Amit & Roy who are Twitter Maniacs. Why? They have only been using Twitter for about 2 months and have amassed over 2k in tweets and over 1k in followers. They also provide some fantastic information on investing in the Condominium marketplace in Toronto.
@michaelrpiper – Mike writes books and is also Oblivious…. well technically he is an oblivious investor (That is his blog, I don’t make fun). Mike creates some rich user interaction with his readers and provides a lot of useful information for investors.
@CameronBWilson – He tweeted me and damn am I glad. He interacts very well with the users that are following him, he provides some useful knowledge.
@JennFowler – Jen is the best Twitter addict so far. 33k tweets (not sure how long) but still… 33k is insane. I like how she individually tweets everyone who tweets her (I think she tweets everyone). Check out her blog.
@FrugalZeitgeist – He is from Egypt and tweets about 5 times a day (ball park figure). I like the fact that he is just down to earth and easy going. Plus on top of it he is a graphics designer and his website Frugal Zeitgeist looks awesome.
@ArleneDickinson – She hasn’t replied to my tweets but it does look like she tweets to people. I just like Arlene, a no bs type of women who tells you how it is. More importantly, she is one heck of a smart cookie.
@TurboTaxCanada – They sure do respond to you. They are friendly and really try to help you out. I like these guys.
@Green_Panda – Yes another Canadian Personal Finance blog. The site has been around for just about a year and provides great information for college students or just about anyone in the 20 year age bracket.
@YQRmortgages – Mortgage specialists from the Regina area of Western Canada. I like the frank/blunt responses, to the point with no fluff.
@OutOfYourRut – Run by Kevin, an avid blogger who is based in Atlanta GA. Home to peaches and awesome blog content.
Who Didn’t Make the Cut?
I wanted to add @preetbanerjee but he doesn’t tweet to others regularly. @MoneySenseMag is a rogers brand and it looks like they are trying to force old media into the online world. @hainsworthtv just talks about what he is doing on his show. @globemoney doesn’t interact at all, just spits out all of its articles (I find it funny when old media complains about new media). @fptradingdesk just spits out its articles, doens’t interact (or care about its readers?). @FinanceCanada run by the government, I think that states it all.
Did I miss anyone? Who else do you think should be part of this list?