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30 top performance engineering leaders to follow on Twitter

Christopher Null Freelance writer

Twitter is a great place to get ideas for optimizing web performance. But wading through thousands of #webperf tweets is a hassle. So we've done some optimizing of our own, putting together a list of awesome performance engineers on Twitter.

1. Jake Archibald

Jake Archibald is a developer advocate for Google Chrome. He writes about web development on his personal blog and frequently shares posts and discusses ideas with fellow developers on Twitter.

2. Colin Charles

Colin Charles is a technopreneur and chief evangelist for MariaDB. He has a passion for open source software, and his Twitter feed is a great resource for links to stories about business and technology.

3. Joe Colantonio

Joe Colantonio is a test automation architect with GE Healthcare IT. He strives to show others how to succeed in their test automation efforts through his blog, his Test Talks podcast, and his daily tweets.

4. Mehdi Daoudi

Mehdi Daoudi is CEO and cofounder of Catchpoint Systems, where he blogs about web performance and other Internet issues. His many daily tweets include tech news, company updates, and shared insights from developers.

5. Andy Davies

Andy Davies is associate director for web performance at NCC Group. Follow his Twitter feed for helpful insights on web performance from him and fellow engineers.

6. Todd DeCapua

Todd DeCapua is Chief Technology Evangelist & Co-Founder of TechBeacon. He still finds time to tweet engineering articles and tips from around the web at a steady clip.

7. Laurie Denness

Laurie Denness is a staff operations engineer for Etsy. He (not a she!) gives detailed glimpses into his work on his blog, while his chatty Twitter feed provides amusing snapshots of whatever he's currently working on.

8. Tammy Everts

Tammy Everts is a writer, speaker, and senior researcher and evangelist at SOASTA. Her Twitter feed is chock full of insights into the impact of web performance on both businesses and users.


9. Camille Fournier

Camille Fournier is CTO of Rent the Runway. She occasionally writes about engineering leadership on her personal blog, and her Twitter feed is peppered with amusing anecdotes from her workday.

10. David Genn

Java tech lead at IG Group, David Genn is "passionate about building high performance software development teams." He regularly tweets articles and his own ideas about being a tech lead.

11. Brendan Gregg

Brendan Gregg is a senior performance architect at Netflix and the author of the book Systems Performance. He's a regular contributor to the Netflix Tech Blog, writes about Linux performance on his personal blog, and shares new posts along with other tech links and insights through his Twitter feed.

12. Ilya Grigorik

Ilya Grigorik is a web performance engineer at Google and the author of High Performance Browser Networking. His regularly updated Twitter feed is an indispensable source of links to news, tools, and case studies.

13. Christian Heilmann

When he's not speaking at events, Christian Heilmann writes about "all things open web" on his personal blog. He also finds time to regularly tweet links and insights with a healthy helping of snark.

14. Ariya Hidayat

In his own words, Shape Security VP of Engineering Ariya Hidayat "promotes software craftsmanship." He does this through writings on his personal blog and in his Twitter feed, where he shares links on a variety of web technologies.

15. Kelsey Hightower

Kelsey Hightower is product manager and chief advocate at CoreOS. If you need info on Kubernetes, follow his Twitter feed.

16. Jez Humble

Jez Humble is VP of Chef, a UC Berkeley lecturer, and coauthor of the books Continuous Delivery and Lean Enterprise. He brings his considerable experience to his tweets about software development and innovation.

17. Tim Kadlec

Web technology advocate at Akamai, co-host of the Path to Performance podcast, and author of Implementing Responsive Design, Tim Kadlec knows a few things about web performance. He shares his knowledge on his personal blog and in smaller bites in his Twitter feed.

18. Aneel Lakhani

SignalFx marketer Aneel Lakhani has 15 years of experience in tech, ranging from systems administration to product development to research and consulting. His writes about technology and business on his personal blog, and his Twitter feed is a great source of useful links.

19. Eric Lawrence

Developer Eric Lawrence is the creator of the Fiddler web debugger and principal software engineer at Telerik, where he continues to work on the product. He's not shy about sharing his opinion on a variety of dev topics in his Twitter feed.

20. Bruce Lawson

Opera Web Evangelist Bruce Lawson curates regular reading lists of web development content on his personal site, and his Twitter feed is full of helpful links and insights. He also shares his posts from the Dev.Opera blog.

21. Zach Leatherman

Zach Leatherman is a front end engineer/web developer with Filament Group. When he's not speaking at conferences, he shares his views on his blog and Twitter, where he also frequently tweets from conferences he's attending or speaking at.

22. Rasmus Lerdorf

Rasmus Lerdorf—the esteemed creator of the PHP scripting language, former infrastructure architect at Yahoo!, and current Etsy engineer—tweets regularly about PHP developments and a variety of other tech topics. Thirty-seven thousand followers can't be wrong.

23. Chris Love

Chris Love has two decades of web development experience and is currently focused on modern enterprise web solutions. He shares related insights, links, and posts from his blog Love2Dev in his Twitter feed.

24. Charity Majors

Charity Majors is production engineering manager at Facebook, with more than a decade of engineering experience. She shares insights and updates on her work in her entertaining Twitter feed.

25. Dave McCrory

Basho CTO Dave McCrory counts inventor, author, and founder among his many titles. His Twitter feed is just as eclectic, but when he posts about technology it's always worth a read.

26. Patrick Meenan

Google software engineer Patrick Meenan is a self-professed web performance geek. He tweets about his own work and frequently retweets insights by other top performance engineers.

27. Baron Schwartz

What do MySQL, the Tao Te Ching, and the Grateful Dead have in common? You'll find them all referenced in Baron Schwartz's Twitter feed. This founder and CEO of VividCortex and one of the authors of High Performance MySQL curates an entertaining mix of database talk, deep thoughts, and pretty much anything else that crosses his mind.

28. Steve Souders

Steve Souders is the cofounder of Speedcurve and previously held similar positions at Google and Yahoo! He shares links to articles, videos, and case studies, as well as insights from his own 15-year web performance career via his Twitter feed.

29. Yoav Weiss

Yoav Weiss is principal architect at Akamai and a confessed "WebPerf freak." He uses his blog as a platform for his opinions and insights and shares helpful content—as well as tweets from other engineers—via his Twitter feed.

30. Mark Zeman

Mark Zeman is the founder of Speedcurve. He contributes regularly to the Speed Matters blog and shares product updates and web performance insights via his Twitter feed.

Who did we miss? Share your must-follows in the comments below.


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