My Social Media Favorites; Who Are Yours?

Desiree Scales, left, at SoCon14. (Credit: Steve Burns.)

Desiree Scales, left, at SoCon14. (Credit: Steve Burns.)

Social media has been called “now news,” among other things. I say the word “social” is redundant, now that hashtags and Twitter posts are being flashed before us whenever we watch television.

So I took a moment to think about who my top social media favorites are. I’m not necessarily talking about the people with the most followers or “likes.” I mean people with whom I have a personal connection, and people who regularly have a high degree of “exclusivity” — original thoughts and material that are of strong value and interest to many of their followers.

I’ve listed their Twitter handles for convenience, and they are listed alphabetically — after the “@” symbol, of course.

@buster_espn: (Buster Olney) The ESPN baseball headliner is a former Southern California colleague of mine. The Vanderbilt U. grad gives original insight, which he has a ton of, and key statistics that most fans and fantasy players are not aware of.

@desireescales: (Desiree Scales) She had me at “We are the media,” which she told SoCon08 attendees in an impromptu speech. The Atlanta-area business owner and mother regularly travels and conducts events and webinars.

@haleyveturis: (Haley Veturis) The social media manager at mammoth Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif., regularly travels for her job/faith. Also, CrossFit fans, she’ll keep you up with her efforts there. Social media is in her genes: sisters @rochelleveturiscoles and @chelseyveturis also are prominent.

@mcdiana: (Diana McCabe) Business editor of, she’s also into running, family and Ohio State sports, giving her musings variety.

@nickmasino: (Nick Masino) The Gwinnett County (Ga.) Chamber executive is well connected in business and politics in metro Atlanta. For example, he has traveled abroad with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on missions to attract jobs to the area. And he’s another Ohio State fan (those people are rabid).

— Do you follow any of these people on social media? Who are your favorites? Leave a comment below.





About Steve Burns

I live in the Atlanta area. I also lived for many years in Southern California. I'm into mainstream media, social media, sports, business and politics. I worked for AOL's Patch, but this is my personal blog. I'm on Twitter (@bsteve76), Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest. See ya 'round!
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