By Kevin Westerling,
The Twitterverse is as big as you want it to be. You can follow 10,000 people or just 10. If you prefer economy yet want to stay informed on water issues, you need to separate the wheat from the chaff, or the substantive from the frivolous. To help, I’ve compiled 10 follows that are worthy of your news feed, validated by years of interaction with @WaterOnline and @KevinOnWater (OK, make that 12 worthy follows).
But it’s not just my opinion. The social network analysts at Onalytica recently published a report on the top “water security influencers” on Twitter, and only those of my favorites who made their ranking are included here.
Onalytica rates influence based on “the number and quality of contextual references that a user receives,” calculated through its software program, while my rating is strictly empirical. Our methodologies coalesced on the following accounts, all of which deal at least in part with water scarcity/security (as per Onalytica’s criteria), but many of which cover broad water issues.
Listed alphabetically; descriptions from Twitter.
Business, economics, and policy related to water+infrastructure, cities+munis, energy, and the environment. Fan of UVA sports. Admirer of #InfrastructureAsArt.
I am the REAL Erin Brockovich. Mother, Wife and Consumer Advocate... 20yrs+ and Still Fighting
Hydrologist, NASA JPL Senior Water Scientist and UC Irvine Professor
EDF Manager focusing on energy efficiency, climate change, and the energy-water nexus.
I am a confessed obsessive-compulsive workaholic California water news junkie. I can't help it. It's what I do!
Michael E. Campana
24/7 WaterWonk. Professor @OSUCEOAS; Technical Director @AWRAHQ. Hydrogeologist, Hydrophilanthropist (http://www.acjfoundation.org )
Oxford Water Network
Oxford University science tackling global #water risks.
Climate/water/sustainability scientist; member US National Academy of Science; MacArthur Fellow; President Pacific Institute.
Stockholm Intl. Water Institute is a policy institute that supports decision-making for a water wise world. Arranges #WWWeek.
US Water Alliance
Driving a #onewater movement for an innovative, inclusive & integrated water future. Won't you join us?
Want more? See all the accounts @WaterOnline follows here.