Our recent post asking for recommendations for the best podcasts for professionals brought tons of reader comments, so now we’re wondering: Who do you follow on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Medium (and other platforms), for professional reasons and otherwise? Whose thoughts, advice, and analysis do you appreciate most? Is there anyone whose writing you’ve added to your daily or weekly reading list specifically because that person’s experiences and/or views are very different from your own? Or (no matter what your political leanings are) do you fear you’ve created a virtual echo chamber where everyone more or less shares your views? (See SNL’s sketch from last year, “The Bubble.”)
We’d love to hear your recommendations for the viewpoints you enjoy reading — and to start the conversation, here are a few wide-ranging suggestions for people and publications for professionals to follow on Medium:
- Julie Zhuo, VP of product design at Facebook: In Zhou’s posts on Medium, where she has 170,000+ followers, she offers career advice taken from her email newsletter, The Looking Glass. A few examples of her leadership and business advice (which she writes in answer to questions she receives from readers) are “Receiving Feedback,” “Battling Perfectionism,” and “Always Be Learning.”
- Benjamin P. Hardy: Hardy, who has 149,000+ followers on Medium and has become the site’s top writer, shares posts about productivity, motivation, entrepreneurship, and similar topics. Sample posts are “This Morning Routine will Save You 20+ Hours Per Week” and “If You Don’t Believe In Setting Goals, It’s Because You Don’t Know How To Do It” (just ignore the clickbaity titles).
- The Establishment: A progressive publication that focuses on women and is led by women, The Establishment was founded by former Intel exec Shauna Stark (who contributed $1 million of her own money). The publication is committed to boosting the voices of those who don’t always get a platform to speak out. Examples of articles: “The Ethics of Doxing Nazis,” “What the Future of the ACA Could Mean for Eating Disorder Treatment,” and How to Talk to Your White Best Friend About Racism.”
- The Cauldron: Produced by Sports Illustrated, The Cauldron collects stories on, not surprisingly, sports: the NFL, the NBA, college sports, and more — plus content that’s written by the athletes themselves, which has included everyone from the captain of the Pittsburgh Pirates to the first Olympic champion in women’s wrestling to pro skateboarder Tony Hawk. A good bet is to start with the posts tagged Best of the Cauldron.
Readers, who do you follow on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Medium? Do you write on Medium or LinkedIn yourself? How do you find the people and publications that you think are worth following? Do you tend to look at one site for one kind of commentary (e.g., this recent joke that Facebook = essential oils, Snapchat = I’m a bunny, and Twitter = THIS COUNTRY IS BURNING TO THE GROUND).
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