This article was published on April 7, 2011

The 25 Most Influential People Tweeting About Augmented Reality

The 25 Most Influential People Tweeting About Augmented Reality
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Augmented Reality made a big impact during 2010 in the way brands market their products and offer services, especially via mobile devices. Augmented Reality helps us visualize new ways to connect the online with the off line world, reshaping the way we perceive reality and promising richer experiences in 2011 as the  technology evolves.

At the same time as Twitter is enabling its users to discover new people to follow according to their interests, we’ve partnered with PeerIndex, a service that offers topic-based authority rankings, to highlight the most influential people on Twitter on the topic of Augmented Reality. PeerIndex calculates its score by monitoring three key metrics:

Authority: measuring how much can you rely on that person’s recommendations and opinion on a given topic
Activity: measuring how much of a person’s activity that is related to the topic area
Audience: measuring a person’s reach being generated from the number of people who listen and are receptive to what that person is saying.

Our list is focused on people, not companies, and includes bloggers; industry insiders; CEOs; marketing and advertising people; as well as people working with AR startups.

You can follow our list of Augmented Reality’s top 25 influentials on Twitter or get more info on the PeerIndex group we’ve created.

1. Marshall Kirkpatrick

PeerIndex score: 70

Co-editor and Vice President of Content Development at ReadWriteWeb Marshall Kirkpatrick tops our list having written a number of posts on Augmented Reality business and the latest products.

Follow @marshallk

2. Takahito Iguchi

PeerIndex score: 66

Tonchidot CEO based in Tokyo. Takahito Iguchi founded Tonchidot Corp. in 2008 to develop the Sekai Camera AR service. His second account used to tweet in Japanese, @iguchiJP is almost equally influential, with Peerindex score: 64.

Follow @iguchi

3. Chris Grayson

PeerIndex score: 64

At number 3 we meet someone from the world of advertising – digital creative strategist Chris Grayson, who is also the Director of Digital at Grayson is a contributor to H+ Magazine covering Art at the intersection of Technology.

Follow @chrisgrayson

4. Gary Hayes

PeerIndex score: 60

Gary Hayes is based in Australia and is the director of and founder of Gary is an award winning multi-platform producer, author, educator and Director.

Follow @GaryPHayes

5. Brian Kim

PeerIndex score: 59

Tweets only in Korean, he is the CEO of GLARO. GLARO is Company of Industrial based Computer graphics art, making CBT (computer based trainning) contents for other companies.

Follow @donisblue

6. Jack Benoff

PeerIndex score: 57

VP, Product & Marketing at Zugara,  Jack Benoff describes himself as a recovering interactive agency guy that turned into an Augmented Reality startup guy, attempting to revolutionize how people shop online.

Follow @jack_benoff

7. Beverly Millson

PeerIndex score: 56

Founder of NPIRL, Beverly Millson focuses on virtual art, Augmented Reality, robotics and 3D immersive virtual worlds. She does PR for @BerkeleyBionics.

Follow @BettinaTizzy

8. Adrian David Cheok

PeerIndex score: 55

Professor in Keio University Graduate School of Media Design and Associate Professor in National University of Singapore.

Follow: @adriancheok

9. Gene Becker

PeerIndex score: 53

Becker works as an AR Strategist for Layar. He tweets about mobility, media, ubicomp, augmented reality, social stuff, invisible stories, infinite games, aurora digitalis and guitars.

Follow @genebecker

10. Jeff Powers

PeerIndex score: 53

Powers is the co-founder of @occipital, that enables users to capture and share everything in sight with 360 Panorama for iPhone.

Follow @jrpowers

11. Matthew Szymczyk

PeerIndex score: 50

Matt Szymczyk is the CEO & founder of Zugara, a Los Angeles-based Augmented Reality software developer working to make online shopping more social & engaging.

Follow @KobraKai

12. Danika Berlin

PeerIndex score: 50

Danika Berlin works at Augmented Reality company metaio

Follow @twitt_AR

13. Rich White

PeerIndex score: 50

A LAMP stack web developer and a 3D immersive environments user interface designer, developer and researcher. His primary professional interests are how 3D multi-user environments, Augmented Reality, and ubiquitous hardware merge for high fidelity learning experiences for kids.

Follow @richwhite

14. Fred Steube

PeerIndex score: 48

Digital Innovation Manager at Cox Target Media – Valpak, Fred Steube introduced industry-leading Augmented Reality as a digital product innovation resulting in a national promotion, B2B ad campaign and extensive publicity.

Follow @steube

15. Woontack Woo

PeerIndex score: 48

Director of CTI at GIST and associate professor at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology. He tweets mostly about Context-aware Mobile Augmented Reality (CAMAR), ARtalet for Digilog Book and miniAR.

Follow @wwoo_ct

16. Andrea Carignano

PeerIndex score: 48

Co-founder and CEO of seac02, augmented and virtual reality pioneer and evangelist.

Follow @Acarignano

17. Raimo van der Klein

PeerIndex score: 47

The CEO of Augmented Reality browser Layar.

Follow @Rhymo

18. Etsuji Kameyama

PeerIndex score: 45

Etsuji Kameyama blogs and tweets both in English and Japanese on using Augmented Reality applications, services and technologies

Follow @kurakura

19. M. Lens-FitzGerald

PeerIndex score: 45

Co-founder & GM of Augmented Reality browser Layar

Follow @dutchcowboy

20. Benjamin Thomas

PeerIndex score: 45

Project Manager at Echangeur. Tweets about mobile, social media, design, Augmented Reality and man-machine interfaces.

Follow @ben_thomas_ech

21. Claire Boonstra

PeerIndex score: 44

Co-founder of Layar Augmented Reality browser and platform, VP Platform & Community.

Follow @claireboo

22. Rouli

PeerIndex score: 43

AR blogger at Augmented Times for the last two years.

Follow @augmented

23. Johannes la Poutre

PeerIndex score: 41

Augmented Reality Director & CTO of TAB Worldmedia.

Follow @jlapoutre

24. Peter Meijer

PeerIndex score: 40

Available for new R&D job at research institute, founder, owner and director at Metamodal BV, CEO and CTO at The vOICe

Follow @seeingwithsound

25. Mathijs Gajentaan

PeerIndex score: 38

A marketer,creative and New Media Producer with focus on Augmented Reality. CEO of Winvolve.

Follow @mgajentaan

Bonus Follow: Christine Perey @cperey (with PeerIndex score 29) is a researcher and consultant with rich experience in Augmented Reality and organizer of AR focused events

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