Since Twitter and #ecomonday are all about community, instead of just telling you who I think you should follow, we decided to pass the torch and invite the previously recommended Tweeps to share their recommendations for this weeks #ecomonday. Last week I recommended David from @thegoodhuman and Adam from @twilightearth. I contacted them and asked them for their recommendations, and they both independently picked the same guy. I was afraid that might happen at some point during #ecomonday but didn't expect it the first time. Now that it did happen I think it's kind of cool because is really speaks volumes about this greenie, @sheagunther. Shea is a great pick and a must follow for anyone that enjoys green issues or generally interesting and witty tweets.
Shea Gunther, who has been around the green blogosphere for a few years now and is currently writing over at Mother Nature Network, is one of the first "greenies" I talked to and started following on Twitter back in the day. Shea currently has about 4,500 followers, and I am guessing he has so many because he takes the time to be "human" on Twitter - you hear about his daily life, his articles, the time he spent working out of a Tipi in the yard, and his ultimate frisbee games. With so many folks just tweeting news stories, it's cool to hear a personal voice. If you are interested in all things green, Shea should definitely be on your Following list.
But now I'd like to take the #EcoMonday Twitter Torch and suggest a great guy whom you should also follow on Twitter. His name is Shea Gunther, and those of you who know me, also know that he is one of my biggest #Green American Idols.
His Twitter Profile says "I'm a Mainer, a dad, a blogger covering climate change, politics, and renewable energy for MNN, a founder of #EcoMonday, and I write all 140 - character tweets."
Well his Twitter Profile doesn't do him justice. @SheaGunther is what I consider the Grand Daddy of Green Blogging. His name reverberates in all circles of the EcoSphere and he is directly responsible for starting or helping to start more of the largest environmental websites, than anyone I know of. But what really makes Shea stand head and shoulders above his peers, is the fact that he is one of the most down to earth guys you'll ever run into.
After learning about Shea, I did some research and realized that this was a guy who I wanted to model myself after, to help get Twilight Earth off the ground. Shea was open and receptive to my questions while conscious of the fact that I was the "new guy on the block." Over the last year, I've come to consider him a friend. So here's to you Shea!
My suggestion this week is Maria Surma Manka. She has been blogging about energy at MariaEnergia.com since August of 2006. Over the years she has made a name for herself and has become one of the leading voices in the renewable energy conversation. Her Tweets are what you'd expect from an energy guru and policy wonk, very focused and informative, but she's also not afraid to profess her love for Dairy Queen blizzards along side her in depth analysis of Waxman-Markey. Compared to her prolific stature in the blogitat and energy communications she has a relatively small twitter account with 789 followers at the time of this post. She engages with like minded Tweeps bringing real value to the conversation making her an unsung hero of the green Twitterverse.