One of my favourite things about Twitter is how it provides me with VIP access into the minds of some very smart people.
We all know about the Lady Gaga's, Justin Bieber's and Deepak Chopra's of the world and the social impact of their tweets.
However it is the lower profile geniuses whose tweets that I find are the most interesting.
Below are 5 lesser known Twitter accounts that provide me with insight and inspiration.
1. The research and statistics type: Horace Dediu
This Harvard man knows his graphs. He has been working in computer science since long before the Twitter egg was hatched. He has an online project collecting data and analysis of Apple's business strategy and predictions of their finances called Asymco.
i) He can predict the future:
Windows Phone will probably overtake BlackBerry install base in the US by end of this year.— Horace Dediu (@asymco) October 4, 2013
ii) He shares fun, colorful graphs:
Currently colored areas provided by comScore measurements. Fun exercise: Fill in the grey areas with color. pic.twitter.com/2wTGsDv11Z— Horace Dediu (@asymco) October 5, 2013
iii) He tweets interesting fun facts:
Original Siri voice was recorded in 2005.— Horace Dediu (@asymco) October 4, 2013
iv) His expectancies can be expected:
Post-traumatic life expectancy. (Blog post to follow) pic.twitter.com/gvNRFfiiXU— Horace Dediu (@asymco) October 4, 2013
2. - The philosophical type - Alain de Botton
Author, speaker and professional philosopher shares his insights on life in a unique eloquent and fresh style.
i) He provides insights into cultures
The US believes: everyone has the right to be special. Europe holds: being ordinary should be OK for everyone.— Alain de Botton (@alaindebotton) October 17, 2013
ii) He tweets interesting observations about human weaknesses
It's so tempting, but ultimately too easy, to settle on just being misunderstood.— Alain de Botton (@alaindebotton) October 17, 2013
iii) He articulately tweets about the unobviously obvious ...
It isn't disrespectful to the complexity of existence to suggest that despair is, at times, just low blood sugar and exhaustion.— Alain de Botton (@alaindebotton) October 16, 2013
iv) More of the unobviously obvious
Most business meetings involve one party elaborately suppressing a wish to shout at the other: 'just give us the money'.— Alain de Botton (@alaindebotton) October 10, 2013
3. The social justice, worldly type - Jacqueline Novogratz
Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder of the Acumen Fund and is actively changing the way the world handles poverty. Following her on Twitter allows you to hitch a ride on someone's journey to change the world ... furthermore ...
i) She shares high impact quotes:
Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest -Maya Angelou— Jacqueline Novogratz (@jnovogratz) October 16, 2013
ii) She provides an insight into her intellectually exciting world:
On my way to moderate readings on what makes a good society by Plato, ibn Khaldun, Aung Sun Suu Kyi, MLK, etc w @acumen fellows - inspired.— Jacqueline Novogratz (@jnovogratz) October 16, 2013
iii) She highlights some of the important stuff:
9 out of 10 Americans are wrong about the extent of inequality in the US - the top 1% own 40% of the wealth; must-see http://t.co/i6aQsz1Gy6— Jacqueline Novogratz (@jnovogratz) October 14, 2013
iv) Smart people ask smart questions:
Roughly 2/3 of world's largest 150 economies are not countries, but companies - what are the responsibilities of the new global mktplace?— Jacqueline Novogratz (@jnovogratz) September 20, 2013
4. The wise, business savvy type - Rosabeth Moss Hanter
Rosabeth Moss Hanter is a professor at Harvard Business School, a book writer, and an award winner. She has 23 honorary degrees and was chosen as one of the "50 most powerful women in Boston" by Boston Magazine and one of the "125 women who changed our world" over the past 125 years by Good Housekeeping magazine.
i) She posts links to her own great blog articles:
Passion separates opportunism from real accomplishments. Does Your Passion Match Your Aspiration? http://t.co/iDCmbo6vYL— Rosabeth Moss Kanter (@RosabethKanter) October 11, 2013
ii) She is smart:
Anger & blame are unproductive, make it worse - at home, work or Congress. Ask not whose fault, ask what to do now— Rosabeth Moss Kanter (@RosabethKanter) October 5, 2013
iii) But not overwhelming:
If world problems feel too big to tackle, think small. Step by step small wins build confidence, lead the way to change— Rosabeth Moss Kanter (@RosabethKanter) October 3, 2013
iv) And inspirational:
A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.— Rosabeth Moss Kanter (@RosabethKanter) September 20, 2013
So who is on your list of "Smart People on Twitter" that we should know about?