10 Mac tweeters not to miss

From tech celebs to hidden gems, our Mac expert names 10 sources whose Apple-related tweets he couldn't do without.

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@michaelbshane -- Michael Shane

Michael Shane is a self-professed Unix and Mac geek, but his tweets aren't limited to those two subjects. From commentary on iPhone apps to links to photography on his Web site, Shane's posts cover a wide variety of topics and moods.

Follow cost: 7.71 tweets per day all time / 7.13 tweets per day recently

Recent tweets that have caught my eye:

People who think the #iPad should run a full version of Mac OS X are elitists who assume anything with a circuit revolves around them. Fail.

Watching a talk from TED on my iPhone I was thinking that were I on an #iPad I wouldn't be able to compose this tweet simultaneously. Hmm.

My wish for the supposed #Apple press event later this month? Aperture 3 please. Pretty please. With crack on top.

@pa930 -- george

This recommendation comes with a bit of a warning: I don't know who george is, and my (basic) attempts to find information about him didn't turn up anything useful. (His bio says, "tech tech tech apple tech tech [apple icon] tech tech [apple icon] tech apple tech tech tech apple, and other...") George is obviously an Apple fan, but he doesn't appear to be affiliated with any specific technology company, and not all his tweets are about Apple technology.

His tweets are occasionally humorous (some have made me laugh out loud), and a good number of them link to interesting news bits. Be warned, however: If you're sensitive to offensive language, I would avoid this one.

Follow cost: 8.26 tweets per day all time / 15.93 tweets per day recently

Here's the series of tweets from george that won me over:

The iPad will be great in the future.

Downloading the last Apple keynote... 1.05GB but OK

I'm definitely gonna wait until the next generation of the Apple iPad. They'll add a ton of newer stuff into it.

After a few minutes had passed, I assume spent watching the keynote:

It is official

I want an iPad

Bonus: IDG Mac tweeters I follow

For the rest of my Apple news, I follow a select few folks whose comments, insights and links round out my Twitter experience. I chose not to include them in the primary list because they're all closely affiliated with Computerworld or its parent company, IDG. If you can forgive them that, they're worth your time and attention.

@ScotFinnie -- Scot Finnie is both editor in chief of Computerworld and a recent convert to the Mac platform. I find his perspective unique and a fair representation of all platforms.

@kmingis -- Ken Mingis is the managing editor of news for Computerworld -- and a huge Mac fan. Generally, Ken's posts are the retweets of Computerworld's own news stories, but there's enough personality thrown in to make it an entertaining add.

@ryanfaas -- Ryan Faas is a freelance colleague and frequent contributor to Computerworld whose articles I very much enjoy reading.

@jsnell -- Jason Snell, currently editor of Macworld, has been providing Apple fans with news and commentary since 1994 at MacUser.

@mdeagonia -- Michael deAgonia And, last but not least, me. If you like this article, go ahead and follow me. Also make sure to post your recommendations for the best Mac tweeters in the article comments.

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Michael deAgonia, a frequent contributor to Computerworld, is an award-winning writer, computer consultant and technologist who has been using Macs and working on them professionally since 1993.

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