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Who are the most influential .NET people in the Twittersphere? After analyzing thousands of accounts, we created a list of people that every .NET or Microsoft enthusiast should be following.

BASTA! 2018 – TOP 20 Influencers

The .NET, Windows & Open Innovation Conference BASTA! proudly presents the top 20 social influencers regarding the Microsoft and .NET World. All influential people have something in common: they can spread ideas faster and better than anyone else. We are aware that following those people has a handful of perks, including staying on top of the latest news and trends. Therefore, we decided to compile a list of Twitter accounts all Microsoft and .NET fans should follow.

This list was created by analysing thousands of twitter profiles extracting the MozRank and Kred scores which rank both quality and influence. 

If we missed anybody, it has nothing to do with the fact that we don’t think that they are just as important or shareworthy as any person on this list. We ourselves though do believe that such analytical lists do have the right to exist and furthermore we at BASTA! follow the listed speaker on their social channels and enjoy their quality content.

We congratulate everyone who made it on this list. If you click on the name or on the picture of each speaker you will be redirected to their twitter profile and check out the useful information they share every day.



We first generated a list of two thousand .NET-related Twitter accounts.
To score the account and rank them accordingly, we analyzed their social authority and reach using two key metrics: MozRank and Kred.

Moz Social Authority Score: Social Authority score is composed of:

  1. The retweet rate of users’ last few hundred tweets.
  2. The recency of those tweets.
  3. A retweet-based model trained on user profile data.

Visit this MOZ blog post for more in-depth information.

Kred Score: Kred Influence Measurement, or Kred, is a website created by PeopleBrowsr that attempts to measure online social influence. Read more in the Kred scoring guide.

Congratulations to all the influencers who have made it into our Top 20!

To visit the associated Twitter profiles, just click on the respective portraits. We hope you enjoy exploring new perspectives and find some inspiration.

Scott Hanselman @shanselman

Tech, Code, YouTube, Race, Linguistics, Web, Parenting, Black Hair, STEM, Inclusion, @OSCON chair, Phony. MSFT, but these are my opinions. @overheardathome

Kred score 98,1
Moz score 87
Total score 185,1

Addy Osmani @addyosmani

Eng. Manager at Google working on @GoogleChrome. TodoMVC, @Yeoman, Material Design Lite. Make the web fast

Kred score 96,2
Moz score 87
Total score 183,2

Jeff Atwood @codinghorror

Co-founder of and Abyss domain expert. Disclaimer: I have no idea what I’m talking about.

Kred score 98,1
Moz score 85
Total score 183,1

Troy Hunt @troyhunt

Pluralsight author. Microsoft Regional Director and MVP for Developer Security. Online security, technology and “The Cloud”. Creator of @haveibeenpwned.

Kred score 95,9
Moz score 84
Total score 179,9

Tom Warren @tomwarren

Senior Editor at The Verge. Primarily focused on Microsoft news and reviews. Tips: Telegram at tomwarren, or Twitter DM.

Kred score 98,5
Moz score 78
Total score 176,5

Miguel de Icaza @migueldeicaza

Started Xamarin, Mono, Gnome with great friends. Working at Microsoft on beautiful .NET Mobile tools.

Kred score 93,5
Moz score 80
Total score 173,5

Mary Jo Foley @maryjofoley

I am All About Microsoft on ZDNet ( ). Oh, and I am also sometimes (more often than not) all about craft beer.

Kred score 98,1
Moz score 75
Total score 173,1

Scott Guthrie @scottgu

Vice President of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group.

Kred score 91,9
Moz score 79
Total score 170,9

Paul Thurrott @thurrott

Paul Thurrott is an award-winning technology journalist and blogger and the author of over 25 books. He is the majordomo at .

Kred score 98,3
Moz score 72
Total score 170,3

Daniel Rubino @Daniel_Rubino

Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. Full-time curmudgeon, science geek and play-acting anarchist. HoloLens user. [email protected]

Kred score 94,4
Moz score 75
Total score 169,4

Robert Cecil Martin @unclebobmartin

Software Craftsman, Consultant/Speaker

Kred score 94,3
Moz score 74
Total score 168,3

Ed Bott @edbott

Tech journalist at ZDNet. Now with added blockchain. „With all due respect, I don’t get confused.“

Kred score 96,3
Moz score 72
Total score 168,3

Chris Heilmann @codepo8

Londoner, German, European. Developer Evangelist – all things open web, writing and helping. Works at Microsoft on Edge, opinions totally my own. #nofilter

Kred score 96,9
Moz score 71
Total score 167,9

Kelly Sommers @kellabyte

4x Windows Azure MVP & Former 2x DataStax MVP for Apache Cassandra, Backend brat, big data, distributed diva. Relentless learner. I void warrantie

Kred score 93,6
Moz score 73
Total score 166,6

Mark Russinovich @markrussinovich

CTO of Microsoft Azure, author of novels Rogue Code, Zero Day and Trojan Horse, Windows Internals, Sysinternals utilities.

Kred score 89,3
Moz score 75
Total score 164,3

Brad Sams @bdsams

Executive Editor of & Writer, Speaker, Podcaster, Human.

Kredt score 89,7
Moz score 72
Total score 161,7

Ben Rudolph @BenThePCGuy

Managing Director, @Microsoft Modern Journalism. Co-founder, @pollwithstraw. Jiu-jitsu black belt. Krav Maga instructor. Aspiring photographer.

Kred score 96,6
Moz score 64
Total score 160,6

Peter Bright @DrPizza

Ars Technica writer. I do not speak for my employer. Retweets are endorsements unless ironic. Immigrant. Londoner, New Yorker, European. Kinda queer. He/Him.

Kred score 95,6
Moz score 65
Total score 160,6

Joe Belfiore @joebelfiore

Tweeting Microsoft Windows 10! My team creates the Windows experience & Microsoft Edge

Kred score 93,5
Moz score 67
Total score 160,5

Sarah Drasner @sarah_edo

Award-winning speaker. Sr. Developer @Microsoft. @vuejs Core Team, Writer @Real_CSS_Tricks, [email protected], work:

Kred score 79
Moz score 81
Total score 160

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