It's true, LA doesn't have quite the massive tech community that SF has, nonetheless there is a healthy size group of heavy hitters in Southern California tech that must be recognized. From music venues to events, social media gurus to online publications, L.A.'s ever-increasing population of techies knows their stuff. These are some of the people in LA Tech & social media I follow on Twitter and why!
Blogger for CBSNews and all around tech gal 'On the Scene' (her blog of the same name). Shira shares my love for pop culture, and is a self-proclaimed social media maven and lives up to it. Her tweets keep me informed about trends, events around town and constantly aware of the stories she is working on. For a PR gal like myself, that's invaluable.
J.R. Johnson is the founder of @Lunch_com, a site I am...ahem...a BIG fan of. J.R. founded VirtualTourist.com back in the late '90s (sold to Expedia for a nice chunk of change), and knows a thing or two about startups. His vision for Lunch.com is inspiring, and his tweets are both intelligent and funny.
His tagline is 'Did you know that HTML stands for How To Make Love?' He founded @lalawag, a blog focused on LA Tech Culture for his wife (see #4 on my list) - so cute. If the LA Tech community had a Homecoming, Sean would be King and Laurie would be Queen.
This kid, Nic Adler, he's doing big things in Los Angeles, specifically the Sunset Strip. If you're not following what Nic and the kids over at @TheRoxy are doing with social media, you better recognize.
Andrew is the Digital Media Strategist for the LA Times. He has helped our hometown daily newspaper stay current and relevant through social media practices. If you live in LA, you definitely want to be listening to what Andrew has to say.
Alissa Walker, one of my favorite writers, and creator of the ever-so-fabulous deLaB (design east of La Brea) series of design & architecture events. Love her tweets, and especially love her logo. @GelatoBaby!
Doug is one of the minds behind @MindshareLA, one of the most inspiring monthly event series we have in this city. If you aren't familiar with Mindshare, pay attention to @projectfresh for the details.
Amy is the Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine (which is technically based in the OC, but close enough to LA). As a woman, I think is radical that there is a woman at the helm of such a reputable magazine. Amy has a fantastic online persona and balances news with her own 'voice' and opinion.