UPDATED 7/31/09: Below, you’ll find a list I compiled of mobile developer relations professionals on Twitter. It’s interesting to see how many mobile companies are starting to use Twitter to engage with their developer communities. The most prolific developer relations tweeps seem to be from Windows Mobile (which lists Twitter, Facebook and YouTube as communications channels on its site), the Symbian Foundation (which has devoted a whole page on its website to list its Twitterers), and Motorola’s MOTODEV (which also runs communities on YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn). Twitter is rapidly becoming a great way for developers to aggregate the latest news and information about the various developer programs they participate in, without having to separately check in with each mobile developer community site.
Most surprising to me were the companies that don’t have a developer relations presence on Twitter (or at least not one that was easy enough for me to find quickly) – including Apple, RIM, and several of the major mobile operators. Twitter is such a useful medium for disseminating bite-sized chunks of important information and driving traffic to a website or event. It seems like a no-brain-er resource to drive traffic to developer communities of all shapes and sizes.
If you or someone you know is missing from the following developer relations tweeps list, please ping me with your suggestions or post a comment, and I’ll update it accordingly:
- I couldn’t find anyone from AT&T’s devCentral team on Twitter. Ping me with your suggestions or post a comment.
- I couldn’t find many people from Apple’s Developer Connection team on Twitter. Ping me with your suggestions or post a comment.
- Thanks to Eric Litman from @medialets for suggesting the following folks from Apple via LinkedIn. It looks like many of these are personal tweet streams, rather than being work-related, but good to know about none the less:
- Bill Bumgarner: @bbum (Eric says Bill is “on the ObjC team but nobody bleeds in six colors more than Bill”)
- Ian Baird: @rtmfd Ian says, “My opinions are my own, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer”
- Michael Jurewitz: @jurewitz “Mac OS X Developer and Performance Tools Evangelist”
- Mike Lee: @bmf From Apple’s Developer Technical Support Team
- Robert Marini: @wisequark (Eric says he’s not officially developer relations but ‘might as well be’) Robert says, “My statements are my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of my employer.”
- @EricssonLabs: “About: open innovation, developers, API’s, new enabling technologies, mobile, applications, messaging, content push, maps” (Thanks to Alexey Volovoy for suggesting this one.)
- There are a handful of Developer Relations folks from Google on Twitter. Here are the Android folks (courtesy of Vivian Li):
- David McLaughlin: @dsmcl David works at Google and recently posted Developer Relations job openings on his team.
- Dan Morrill: @morrildl
- Jason Chen: @jasonchen Android developer advocate at Google, photographer, world traveler, and digital denizen. (Thanks to Eric Litman from @medialets for the suggestion via LinkedIn)
- Reto Meier: @retomeier: “Android developer, author, and Android advocate at Google.” (Added at the suggestion of reader, Kieran Gutteridge). Reto does developer relations for Android in EMEA.
- Here are some of the other Google Developer Relations folks I found (not Android specific):
- Ryan Boyd: @ryguyrg “Geek and Developer Advocate on OpenSocial at Google.”
- Jason Costa: @jasoncosta “Developer Relations, Google”
- Ryan Boyd: @ryguyrg “Geek and Developer Advocate on OpenSocial at Google.”
- @HTC: Thanks to Alexey Volovoy for suggesting this one. While not a developer relations specific tweet stream, Alexey says HTC often tweets developer-specific information.
- I couldn’t find anyone from LG’s Mobile Developer Network on Twitter. Ping me with your suggestions or post a comment. Here are the LG addresses I found:
Microsoft Windows Mobile:
- Windows Mobile Developer: @wmdev “We’re the Windows Mobile Developer team. Come chat with us, give us feedback & ask questions.”
- Loke Uei: @lokeuei Loke is on the Windows Mobile Developer team.
- Steve Hegenderfer: @hegenderfer Steve is on the Windows Mobile Developer team.
- Luke Lnyswonger: @lnyswonger Luke is on the Windows Mobile Developer team.
- Worldwide Partner Conference 09: @WPC09
- @mobiforge: “mobiForge is the site formerly known as dev.mobi.” It’s an independent mobile development community. (Added at the suggestion of Francesco Cetraro)
- Ruadhan: @rodono Editor of mobiForge.com (added at the suggestion of jamesgpearce)
- MOTODEV: @Motodev MOTODEV is Motorola’s developer community
- Lori Fraleigh: @lorifraleigh Developer tools and product manager for MOTODEV.
- Randy Ksar: @djksar Randy is on the MOTODEV web team and also writes as @MOTODEV.
- Roberto Serrano: @ohrock: “Motorola Android Platform member and developer advocate.”
- O2 Litmus: @o2_litmus“O2 Litmus is a platform for the initiation and development of new mobile applications” (Thanks to @jamesparton for clarifying that this is the primary O2 Litmus Twitter account)
- James Parton: @jamesparton “Head of O2 Litmus”
- Andrea Bovens: @andreasbovens “Group Leader Developer Relations at Opera Software“
- Molly E. Holzschlag: @mollydotcom “Web Evangelist, Developer Relations, Opera Software”
- @chuq: “Developer Community Manager for Palm.” (PDN)
- @palm: “Stay connected with Palm and learn about news, products, tips and tricks, deals and more.”
- Updated 5/11/10: @webOSdev: Palm’s Developer Connection team.
- I couldn’t find anyone from the Blackberrry Developer Program on Twitter. Ping me with your suggestions or post a comment, and I’ll update this listing.
- @SonyEricssonDev: “Sony Ericsson Developer World. We help you build cool stuff for our phones.”
- @SonyEricssonNA: Sony Ericsson North America
- The Symbian Foundation lists all of its twitterers here. These are the highlights for Developer Relations:
- @symbiandevco: The official Symbian Foundation developer hub on Twitter”
- @symbian: Symbian in general
- @symbiansigned: The Symbian Signed team’s tweets (application signing)
- John Kern: @kern3020 Developer Technical Support
- Bill Washburn: @BecomingWilliam “Community Manager”
- Lee Williams:@leemwilliams Executive Director of the Symbian Foundation
- David Wood: @dw2 Symbian Foundation. EVP Research and co-founder of Symbian Ltd.
- I couldn’t find anyone from T-Mobile’s Partner Network on Twitter. Ping me with your suggestions or post a comment.
- Alex Payne: @al3x is Twitter’s Platform Lead. He heads up the API team, and interacts with developers, leading developer discussions about Twitter here. (Suggested by Lars Kamp)
- Verizon Developer Conference: @VDCConference
- I also found the following Verizon Wireless PR people on Twitter who have talked about relevant topics for developers:
- Betavine: @betavine “Betavine is the open mobile application community: a place where anyone can come to find and share information and experiences about making applications on any technology platform whatsoever. While Betavine is a Vodafone project, it is in no way limited in its scope to Vodafone technologies for platforms.”
- Greg Reeve: @seat2d Greg isn’t ‘developer relations’ but he is the head of applications and connectivity for global technology.
- @mobilewidgets: News about Mobile Widgets from Betavine (at the suggestion of Sanj Matharu).
- Sanj Matharu: @sanjmatharu Sanj is formerly of Samsung and now works with developers at Vodafone.
WIP (Wireless Industry Partnership):
- WIP connects developers to the information, resources and people in the wireless industry. There are several WIP-related handles to follow on Twitter:
Miscellaneous: While not official “developer relations” reps at companies, these tweeps work closely with mobile developers on events:
- Matthäus Krzykowski: @matthausk Works with developers in his capacity as co-chair for MobileBeat 2009 and writes for VentureBeat (Suggested by Lars Kamp)
- Rudy De Waele @mtrends: Rudy organizes a ton of developer events including Mobile Mondays in Barcelona and Madrid and a variety of events at Mobile World Congress.
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