I know the feeling.
Last summer, I set out to make a list of every person I could find in oil and gas on Twitter. With a little help from followerwonk, I was able to cultivate a pretty boss list, which you can find here.
But, while it may point you in the right direction, it’s still filled with hundreds of people. With so many to choose from, who should you follow first? And even if you start following them, who is worth your time? Who shares the best links and has the wittiest repartee? These are the questions I aim to answer today.
50 Top Oil and Gas People Methodology
The list below is not scientific and it has clearly been influenced by no small amount of favoritism (see #3). I looked at a combination of industry influence, follower count, quality of shares and personal affinity to determine who made the cut. I can say with confidence that the following 50 people are the Twitter Rock Stars of oil and gas. I guarantee they will add value to your day, or your money back (disclaimer: the DI Blog is free, buyer beware).
Notice also that this list is interactive. If you click the “crowd rank” tab, you can vote people up or down. If you would like to add these people to your own “Top Oil and Gas People” list, login to your Twitter account and click the “Me” tab at the top of the page. Then click “Lists” on the left side of the page and “Create list.” Give your list a name and description, then choose if you would like it to be Public or Private and click “Save list.” Finally, when you go to any person’s page, click the person drop down directly to the left of the “Follow” button. Select “Add or remove from lists…” and then click the checkbox next to the name of your list.
Alright, let me have it! Who did I miss? Leave your Twitter oil and gas “must-follows” in the comments below.
The 50 Top Oil and Gas People on Twitter
Finding great people to follow on Twitter is hard enough in general. But, when you work in Oil and Gas, it's even harder. I compiled this list to make your life a little easier.
T. Boone Pickens' official Twitter account, updated by Boone himself and members of his team. For more Pickens Plan news, follow @PickensPlan. Dallas, TX
Vice President of Public and Government Affairs at Exxon Mobil Corporation
Chairman & CEO of @Drillinginfo. Transparency. Independent Oilman. Texan. Proud Contributor to Making the World a Better Place. Austin, TX
US Industry and Energy Editor at the Financial Times, based in New York. New York
Professor of Economics, AEI Scholar and Blogger. Washington, D.C.
Expert on energy, environment, utilities. Former Sec. of Pa DEP & Com. Pa. PUC. Special Counsel at Eckert Seamans. Grad of Duke and Penn Law. Hershey's home. Hershey Pa
Energy strategist and economist, particular expertise on Middle East. Author of 'The Myth of the Oil Crisis' & 'Capturing Carbon'; columnist at The National. Dubai
Energy, politics, sports. Opinions are my own, unless you retweet them. Washington, DC
Public & Gov't Affairs. #Energy. #Oil, #NatGas. Politics. Traveler. Runner. Foodie. Proud La. native. GEAUX Tigers. All thoughts my own. Washington, DC
Also tweet @EdelmanEnergy. DC, Calgary, energy @EdelmanCalgary, politics, and oil and gas. Shawarma aficionado. Tweets here = my own. Washington, DC
Digital Communications at @Chesapeake, #OkState alum, college football fan, @okcthunder fan, fitness, golf, geekdom and mother. Views expressed here are my own. OKC, Oklahoma
Native Detroiter. Recovering New Yorker. Aspiring Texan. I'm asst editor for @HoustonChron energy site, @FuelFixBlog. From fracking to fueling, we cover it all. Houston, Texas
Four decades in the international oil & gas industry. Proud to be Followed by: @SenTedCruz & @JohnCornyn (Hobby: Larruping liberal trolls) #TexasPatriotGene. Great State of Texas
Working to de-risk the aboveground in shale energy, with a global focus. Shale energy is too important to be a political issue: Science not emotion please! London
Business writer for @TheOklahoman, @NewsOK sharing the #energy beat with @awilmoth, @pmonies. Fortunate spouse of @dawnmarks. Oklahoma City, OK
Vice President of U.S. Federal Affairs HBW Resources--Houston, Denver, Calgary, Chicago,and Washington, DC. Interested in energy & environmental policy. Washington, DC
Ernst & Young Global Oil & Gas Marketer, wife, mother and dog lover who needs a cup of tea to start my day. Views are my own. Follow @EY_OilGas. Houston, TX (TN when I can!)
VP at American Petroleum Institute, communications strategist and political gadfly. RT's ≠ endorsements, except when they do. Arlington, Virginia
An expert in energy and technology, Ken can be found on most networks as @yagelski. Stafford, VA
Washington, D.C.-based reporter who covers energy, oil, Congress & other issues for @HoustonChron and other @HearstCorp newspapers. Washington, D.C.
Blogger/editor for API's Energy Tomorrow website. OU grad. Partial to the Sooners, Angels and the Army of the Potomac. Opinions, RTs my own. Occoquan, Va.