Late this afternoon, Twitter added a bunch of social entrepreneurship focused Twitter users to their “suggested users” list. For the most part the “suggested user” list is made up of people like Al Gore, Lance Armstrong, Ashton Kutcher, John McCain and Martha Stewart who have millions of followers on Twitter.
When the list was updated, Kiva.org co-founder Matt Flannery thought there was a spam attack and complained about the 500 new users a minute he was getting. This is a big and important move by Twitter. The new “suggested users” are:
- Social Edge
- Skoll Foundation
- Matt Flannery
- Acumen Fund
- charity: water
- Kjerstin Erickson (FORGE founder)
- Jacqueline Novogratz (Acumen Fund founder)
- Room to Read
In June the New York Times wrote about the “suggested user” list saying that Twitter was now a “king maker”. They said being listed could add 500,000 followers and pointed out that social media titan Jason Calacanis offered $250,000 to be listed.
Stuff like this is what pushes the evolving social capital markets into the mainstream.
Update from new “suggested user” Kjerstin Erickson: “From what I can tell, this is an initiative of Claire Williams (@trippingonwords), a 2009 Skoll Scholar now working on Social Innovation for Twitter. Just another little example of how the movement is evolving, and how social entrepreneurship can be just as effectively (and often more impactfully) practiced from within existing companies. They are also compiling a list of Twitter best practices specifically for NPOs. Cool stuff.