It’s a snowy day in Chicago…it finally looks like winter. I don’t mind the cold, as long as there is snow to accompany it. AND it’s time for the winter Olympics to begin, my favorite games. With that, let’s look at five of my favorite people on Twitter, along with reasons I think you, too, should follow them.

@ArikHanson I “met” Arik when he wrote a great blog post on the seven most intriguing people in PR. There were a couple of people on the list who fly under the radar, but that I agree should be on the top of lists. I commended him for a great list and we began to get to know one another on Twitter. He is one half of the brain behind “Help A PR Pro Out” and we’re working closely together to pull that off next Friday. He’s smart, he’s creative, he’s innovative, and he’s someone you will learn from daily.

@TedRubin Ted is the chief marketing officer at e.l.f. For you men, you likely don’t know the company, but women, you know what I’m talking about. It’s a make-up company that sells everything for less than $5. My sister introduced me to them seeral years ago, when she put some fun items in my Christmas stocking. He is the social media champion for the company and my co-speaker for @SarahRobinson’s Gamechangers Roundtable. Earlier this week, BrandWeek did a story on Ted and the e.l.f. story. It’s worth the read.

@GRIPCOMMPR I met Greg on Twitter because he’s in PR and in franchising. As we got to know one another, we realized we know a lot of the same people, even though I’m in Chicago and he’s in New York. Most of you know my philosophy about “competitors.” I think there is room for all of us and it’s more likely we change the industry if we collaborate than if we compete. I’m DYING to find a reason to work with Greg. Follow him and you’ll see why I think he’s smart and savvy.

@RickBakas I think I’ve done a #FollowFriday on Rick before, but he’s worth another mention. I met him in Denver about a year ago when he showed up at a TweetUp. We talked about food and wine and I learned, at the time, he was in the finalist round for a wine social media job. He ended up moving to Napa and working for St. Supery, where it looks like they trust him to do what he does well. Last night he hosted #CaliCabs on Twitter, where people from around the world had a glass of California cabernet and tweeted about the experience. Don’t be scared by the number of followers he has…he pays attention to you and will engage.

@ChicagoDiane I met Diane in real life, when her college roommate, Kasey Crabtree was in Chicago for a few days. I met Kasey on Twitter and she said Diane was a must…and she was right. I actually prefer seeing Diane for drinks or brunch because she is so flipping funny. She has great stories, tells them well, and (if you’re lucky), @ChicagoJulia will come along and that’s a special treat. I also love Diane because she’s engaging and fun on Twitter, but she doesn’t let it rule her life. She is an executive who travels the world and she’s worth a follow to learn from her.

And here is a compilation of all of the previous recommendations:

Feb. 5

January 29

December 11

December 4

November 6

October 16

October 2

September 25

September 4

August 28

August 21

August 7

July 24

July 17

July 10

July 3 (which is a culmination of the previous five weeks)

Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder, CEO, and author of Spin Sucks, host of the Spin Sucks podcast, and author of Spin Sucks (the book). She is the creator of the PESO Model and has crafted a certification for it in partnership with Syracuse University. She has run and grown an agency for the past 15 years. She is co-author of Marketing in the Round, co-host of Inside PR, and co-host of The Agency Leadership podcast.

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