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I recently started using twitter, not because I think people might be interested to know my mood every twenty minutes, or what position my cat is sleeping in right now, but because there is some genuinely interesting content hidden away in there.

In particular, it's become one of my preferred methods to skim tech and industry news.

I also recently followed Carmack and found that almost every post was kind of an interesting (if brief and impersonal) window into the daily workings/ponderings of another person building games. It immediately made me wonder who else out there I could follow that also post mainly this kind of dev stuff. For me, it's the perfect way to kill five minutes after work waiting for a train.

So does anyone have any recommendations?

If you don't use twitter or know first hand who has quality posts, maybe you could suggest some other well known people in the industry doing good stuff at the moment? the Twitter accounts of studios themselves are more news-based - pretty much geared for franchise fans, and that's fair enough too. I'm looking more for individual people posting their idle thoughts and learnings about all things game-tech related.

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hit up the @gdevnet twitter feed and see who we're following. We also have a list of staffers and mods but it hasn't really been maintained.

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But if I'm following someone who's my friend, there's still a category of information that's of interest to me about them, but wouldn't be of interest to random strangers. Whilst that isn't what the OP is asking for, it's still a perfectly good use of Twitter. IMO it's Facebook that has the biggest problem of people posting "What sandwich I'm eating now, and also the make of phone I'm using to post this that you don't care about" - partly because I think the UI encouraged people to post a "status" of whatever random thing they are doing at the moment.

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