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28 software container experts you should follow on Twitter

Mitchell "Moe" Long Freelance writer

The container space has erupted in popularity. Docker and Kubernetes have risen to the ranks of the tech world's hottest technologies as developers have adopted containers to increase reliability and scalability. Are you looking to stay abreast of the latest happenings in the container realm? Here are 28 Twitter accounts you need to follow. This list comprises vetted practitioners, thought leaders, and projects in the space.

Kelsey Hightower


Hightower is an expert on containers, Google’s Go programming language, and Kubernetes. An advocate for open source, he works at Google and frequently shares his knowledge in workshops and conferences.

The New Stack


The New Stack is a publication devoted to the developer world, specializing in infrastructure and services—with containers as a major focus. There’s a cultural impact component to the New Stack’s content, differentiating it within the space. For those seeking coverage of the dev industry from a multitude of angles, from technical to business-minded perspectives, the New Stack is a must-follow. 

Libby Clark


Clark is a thought leader and the editorial director at The New Stack. She’s passionate about open-source communities and collaboration. Check out Clark’s tweets for an exploration of the intersection of tech with business. 

Michael Hausenblas


Mesosphere developer and cloud advocate Michael Hausenblas is an Apache Mesos, Docker, and Kubernetes guru. He says his experience with Docker, Kubernetes, and Mesos is based on both profit and fun. His tweets often cover data processing, microservices, and the Internet of Things. 

Solomon Hykes


A conversation on containers that doesn’t include Docker would be deficient. Who better to follow in the twittersphere than Hykes, the founder of Docker? The self-professed entrepreneur and hacker regularly engages in discourse with fellow thought leaders.

Vincent Batts


Red Hat principal software engineer Batts focuses on Linux, Linux containers, and polyglot programming. An open-source enthusiast, Batts is an open container proponent. Tech tweets aside, Batts often shares meditative thoughts and humorous quips. 

Joseph Jacks


Jacks founded Kube Con and was one of the Kismatic founders, a Kubernetes company that was acquired by Apprenda. Currently, he’s the senior director at Apprenda and tweets about all things Kubernetes. Check out Jacks’ Twitter feed for thoughts on startups and open-source tech.

Alex Polvi 


In 2008 Polvi founded Cloudkick, and he had stints at Mozilla and Rackspace before becoming CEO of CoreOS. He also serves as a board member with the Internet Security Research Group. Polvi concentrates on CoreOS and Kubernetes, advocating regularly for open containers. Follow him for excellent performance and security coverage. 

Adrian Cockcroft


A technology fellow at Battery Ventures, Cockcroft remains at the forefront of breaking technology. He has extensive knowledge of the cloud space, evidenced by his former role as a cloud architect at Netflix. Cockcroft being a true renaissance man, his Twitter feed is peppered with articles ranging from microservices to science and politics. 

Alex Williams


Williams founded The New Stack, a go-to for development news and features. The editor in chief and founder hails from a journalism background, so he's regularly sharing content and engaging in discussions with fellow SMEs. Follow Williams for dialogue on agility, microservices, containers, monitoring, and dev culture.

Usman Ismail 


Ismail works for Kik Interactive as a DevOps lead. Among his projects, Ismail manages Kik’s real-time messaging system and cloud deployments. He’s an expert in distributed systems and cloud services. Ismail notably enjoys the Docker platform and is a fantastic source for cloud tweets. Follow him for info on bots, scalability, and container monitoring. 

Alan Shimel


Shimel is a DevOps guru, writer, and founder and editor in chief of DevOps.com. While DevOps fanatics are sure to enjoy Shimel’s tweets, there’s quite a bit for cloud security and container enthusiasts as well. 

Sebastian Goasguen


Goasguen is an avowed lover of open source, Docker, the Apache Software Foundation, and Kubernetes. The open-source cloud architect at Citrix and vice president of Apache CloudStack shares his wealth of technical expertise. His book Docker Cookbook delves into topics such as running Docker on a Raspberry Pi. Goasguen is a virtualization and cloud computing master. 

Craig McLuckie


McLuckie is a group product manager at Google, and he co-founded the Kubernetes project. He is a native cloud advocate whose passions include clusters and containers. Within the container space, McLuckie notably covers container standards.

Bryan Cantrill


Joyent CTO Cantrill is a system software master. His in-depth knowledge of kernels, code, and Unix in particular permeate his Twitter feed. Follow Cantrill for technical talk that’s often quite hilarious. 

Brandon Philips


Philips serves as the CTO of CoreOS and has an abundance of Linux kernel and systems knowledge. He focuses on Kubernetes and remains heavily involved in open-source communities. He’s a go-to for the latest info on Tectonic, Quay, Go, and the rkt container runtime.

Ben Hall


Self-described developer, product hacker, tester, and trainer Hall runs Katacoda, which is an awesome platform for technology education straight from a browser. Its hands-on approach features labs for learning Docker and containers, Kubernetes, running .NET in Docker, and loads more. Hall spreads his knowledge through his blog and social media. Follow his thoughts about Docker, .NET, and Kubernetes. 

Patrick Chanezon


A technical staff member at Docker, Chanezon works on building the widely used open platform. He’s an excellent resource for all things Docker. With a bevy of expertise in the tech field, he stays active as an evangelist spreading his knowledge of REST APIs and Docker orchestration.  

Andrew Vest


Vest is the director of business development at Redapt. Among his many spheres of influence are cloud computing, Docker containers, and DevOps. Vest lends a unique perspective on the DevOps space and areas where business meets tech. 

Anil Madhavapeddy


Madhavapeddy holds the distinction of working on engineering at Docker and lecturing at the University of Cambridge in the UK, with a focus on virtualization. His extensive involvement includes development at the OpenBSD Project, Citrix, and Unikernel systems. 

Chanwit Kaewkasi


A scholar and Docker captain, Kaewkasi is an assistant professor of computer engineering at the Suranaree University of Technology and a Docker Swarm contributor. As a maintainer for Docker Swarm, Kaewkasi reviews pull-requests and writes patches. He is a must-follow for Docker Swarm junkies. 

Dieter Reuter


Reuter holds the title of Docker captain, and he’s got a neat niche interest: running containers on IoT devices. On his Twitter feed are posts advocating running Docker Swarm on a Raspberry Pi.

Scott M. Fulton III


A 32-year tech journalism veteran, Fulton knows both software and media coverage. His Twitter feed is a veritable treasure trove of breaking news and opinions. Check out Fulton for all the latest developments and his thoughts on containers. 

Paul Bakker


Bakker is a leading authority on Docker, Go, Kubernetes, and TypeScript. The author of Building Modular Cloud Apps with OSGi and Java 9 Modularity, Bakker enjoys chatting about Kubernetes, Java, and Docker. You have to read his retrospective about his first year with Kubernetes

Brendan Burns


As the lead engineer on Kubernetes, Burns is a seasoned authority in the container space. He's a good person to follow if your cloud applications are in the Azure ecosystem since that's the space he primarily tweets about.

Key container projects to follow



Docker made quite a splash, rising to prominence as everyone’s favorite suite for distributed apps. If you’re interested in containers and not following Docker, you’re doing it wrong. There’s a fantastic dedicated community with loads of collaboration.  

CoreOS Linux


The lightweight, open-source Linux distribution is well suited to clustered deployments. Offering scalability, security, and ease of automation, it’s a true must-follow with a passionate user base. 



The open-source container cluster management platform began as a Google project in 2014. Scalability and automated deployments are among the plethora of stellar features. Like any good open-source project, the Kubernetes Twitter feed is chock-full of shared tutorials, tips, and tricks from experts and influencers.

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