Please nominate your favorite travel Twitter personality of 2012


Who’s worth following on Twitter?

I’m compiling the definitive list for 2012. But I can’t do it alone.

Here’s how it works: Between today and Friday, Nov. 19, I’m accepting nominations for your favorite Twitter users in the travel biz. Whose microbloggy quips in 140 characters or less are worth paying attention to? Whose aren’t?

A few things to keep in mind:

• Nominees must be real persons, not gnomes, newspapers that use antiquated honorifics or figments of your imagination.

• They should limit themselves to travel content, mostly.

• They must have a reasonably well-established presence on Twitter. (I leave it to your good judgment to decide what that means.)

So no, technically I don’t qualify for this list, since I cover customer service issues. But you can follow me at @elliottdotorg if you want to know when I’ve published an updated list of nominees.

Here are a few sources to consider.

Klout
I trust Klout’s algorithm about as much as I do any of the candidates running for president, which is to say, I don’t. But like presidential candidates, they are the best we have.


Here’s who Klout thinks is important:

Gary Arndt
Melvin Boecher
earthXplorer
Michael Hodson
Iain Mallory
Paul Steele

Tweet top
I’m not entirely sure how they come up with their list, but you might find a few folks worth nominating. Adventure Girl, for example, has a cool million-plus followers. Who knew there were a million people on twitter who cared about travel? Anyway, definitely worth a look.

The Telegraph List
This thing pops up in all the searches. It’s old and Brit-focused, but the thing just won’t go away. For your consideration.

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The Shorty Awards
You don’t have to be a cynic to see that this one devolved into a big ballot-box stuffing party, but then again, every online popularity contest eventually does. Some of these names will be familiar. Others are delightfully obscure. Check out the entire list of “winners.”

Well, that ought to get you started. Use the comments for nominations or send me an email. I’ll post a poll soon, and then the voting will begin.

The pool’s open.

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Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is an author, journalist and consumer advocate. You can read more about him on his personal website or check out his adventures on his family adventure travel site. Contact him at chris@elliott.org.

  • @AirfareWatchdog:twitter  and @GaryLeff:twitter 

  • Ian Mallory. Information, engaging, and a great guy!

  • Fran Rickenbach

    Joan Eisenstodt

  • Since you humbly excused yourself from the conversation, I nominate @elliottdotorg for one of the best Twitter personalities. Just questioning Klout instead of trying to game it should count for something :)

  • Jo-annmac

    I have to give a shout out to @TLWH Dave’s tweets are always informative & his rants when traveling are awesome sauce!

  • Stephen0118

    I’ll have to agree with InsiderPerks. I nominate @elliottdotorg:disqus

  • Thanks for the Shorty mention. Just wanted to point out that the winner is ultimately decided by the Academy http://rtacademy.org/

    You might want to also check the top travel people on Listorious http://listorious.com/tags/travel

    Good luck with your list and please submit it to Listorious when you’re done.

  • chickky311

    Kristin Luna @lunaticatlarge

  • DoctorK

    I nominate Pres. Obama.  2012 might be the only chance to reward him,
    if the GOP gets its way.

    Dr. Alan Kardoff

  • Scott Rumberger

    @weblogtheworld:disqus 

  • Sbrehaut

    I dig @weblogtheworld as they cover travel content from around the world as well as culture, arts and food/wine from different countries.

  • Sarah Counten

    As reader for many years on your website, I just read and was quite confused and disappointed by: http://www.elliott.org/blog/please-vote-for-your-favorite-twitter-personality/

    On this post, right here, you asked for nominations. I see from the comments that no one made it to your “new” list.
    @airfarewatchdog:twitter
      @garyleff:twitter
    @TLWH:twitter
    @lunaticatlarge:twitter 
    @weblogtheworld:twitter x2

    These people, were all nominated by your readers, here, like you asked. Yet not one made it to your new voting list????

    Why bother asking your readers to nominate if you don’t pay any attention to them? And then, have the audacity to thank them in your new post?

    As you so rightfully stated about klout “I trust Klout’s algorithm about as much as I do any of the candidates running for president, which is to say, I don’t.”

    I now, unfortunately, have to say the same about you. Which in turn leads me to wonder about the rest of what you write here. How much of it is truth vs whatever?

    I even wonder if you will publish or respond to this comment? Elliot, make things right: reply, and publish your logic behind this. Because at the moment I am not seeing it, meaning; it’s not clear. I serious doubts about continuing on reading here.

  • Actually, @airfarewatchdog and @lunaticatlarge both made the list. 

    Please be sure you’re reading the right post: http://www.elliott.org/blog/please-vote-for-your-favorite-twitter-personality/

  • There are many travel, in this case how we give a nominee to any one travel, because all travel are provide good services.

  • Thanks for the Shorty discuss. Just desired to indicate that the victorious one is eventually determined.

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