This has maybe become the Dave Serino love fest. I don’t think anyone would hate on that though. It’s undeniable that he’s extremely important to the tourism community both on Twitter and off. He’s got major skillz, y’all.
|Twitter Account||Number of Pros Following||Klout Score|
|TIE – 36. @PeterSGreenberg|
|TIE – 36. @traveldudes|
|TIE – 50. @CajunMama|
|TIE – 50. @TravelBlggr|
|TIE – 72. @mike_vspc|
|TIE – 72. @theslynch|
|TIE – 83. @KellyDeanOttawa|
|TIE – 83. @thePRguy|
METHODOLOGY: I took the top ten from the December list and looked up who they followed. I then determined who was followed by six or more of the ten and was also an account possessed by an individual in tourism. I looked up who those accounts followed and then from that determined the 126 top followed accounts by an individual in tourism. From there I looked up Klout scores. The combination of the number of tourism pros following and Klout score gave rank. Due to the closeness of the tourism community on Twitter now, there were a lot of ties, so I had to come up with a deciding factor. To me, the best result came when I broke ties by who had the most tourism professionals following. Those marked with an asterisk (*) did not have a Klout profile, so they received an estimated Klout score based on other influence measuring tools.
I also created a Twitter list, so you can easily follow these individuals.
This is kind of a bittersweet list to me. It’s likely the last time we’ll see two of my favorite names.
The first is Amy Brock. Amy is what we shall call the Original Gangsta of tourism and social. We bonded over bad reality tv and I’ve loved her ever since. She is also one of the people that has been consistently pushing our industry forward. The first CVB with a Pinterest and Instagram? That would be Amy’s Visit Savannah. When people asked me who they should watch to see what’s next, I always said Visit Savannah, because Amy really wasn’t afraid of trying. I’m going to miss seeing her work.
The second person is Nina Simmons. Nina came in a little later after the community was established. I remember thinking, “Where did this Nina come from?” It was in a good way, because she came out of nowhere but it felt like she’d always been there. Nina has brought smarts and fierceness to our community. She’s awesome for a good laugh, and she has one of the most beautiful babies ever.
Luckily, I don’t think these two have any real plans to leave the tourism community, so we will still see them around. It isn’t goodbye. It’s a chance to cheer on new triumphs for these guys.
Who do you think I’m missing? Who do you love to follow on Twitter.