JAX London Blog


Jul 23, 2018

Who are the most influential Java people in the Twittersphere? After analyzing thousands of accounts, we created a list of people that every Java enthusiast or pro should be following.

All influential people have something in common: they can spread ideas faster and better than anyone else. We are aware that following these people has a handful of perks, including staying on top of the latest news and trends. Therefore, we decided to concoct a list of Twitter accounts all Java fans should follow. The analysis ranks the top accounts in accordance with their social influence, although interestingly enough, not all household names of Java evangelists are on the list. Nevertheless, we are very proud of the list that we came up with.

This year we really looked for the right combination of quality content, social credibility and a strong voice in the community. There are some big names in the software development world many of us probably know of and some of them do have a wide reach in in the Twittersphere, but we were looking for the ones who make a change today, the movers and shakers of Java in the social world in 2018. We decided to save the honorary spots for two names we are sure anyone in the Java community appreciates, though we didn’t add them to the infographic so we could really focus on the grassroots level of the Java network.

Congratulations to all influencers who made it into our Top 20 list. Click on each username to visit their Twitter accounts or the list on twitter. Below our detailed list, you find our Methodology and insights how we created the ranking.

Honourable mention 1. Martin Fowler @martinfowler

Programmer, Loud Mouth, ThoughtWorker

Kred score: 94
Moz score: 76
Total score: 170

Honourable mention 2. Uncle Bob Martin @unclebobmartin

Software Craftsman

Kred score: 94
Moz score: 74
Total score: 168

1. Bruno Borges @brunoborges

Brazilian promoting great technologies to the world @Java@Microsoft #Azure

Kred score: 87
Moz score: 69
Total score: 156

2. Markus Eisele @myfear

Writing code and more. Director of Developer Advocacy at @Lightbend.

Kred score: 89
Moz score: 66
Total score: 155
3. Jessica Kerr @jessitron
Developer, @Atomist. Panelist, @greaterthancode. she/her
Kred score: 87
Moz score: 66
Total score: 154

4. Guillaume Laforge @glaforge

Dev Advocate @GoogleCloud, @ApacheGroovy @java_champions

Kred score: 67
Moz score: 71
Total score: 153
5. James Governor @monkchips
Redmonk co-founder, industry analyst meets developer advocate
Kred score: 90
Moz score: 63
Total score: 153
6. Arun Gupta @arungupta
Java Champion, J1 Rockstar, Docker Captain, @awscloud
Kred score: 85
Moz score: 67
Total score: 152
7. Quentin Adam @waxzce
CEO @clever_cloud IT automation and application sustainability
Kred score: 83
Moz score: 67
Total score: 150
8. Mario Fusco @mariofusco
Java Champion, Milano Jug leader. Principal Software Engineer @RedHat
Kred score: 83
Moz score: 67
Total score: 150
9. Joshua Bloch @joshbloch
Effective Java author, API Designer, Swell guy

Kred score: 84
Moz score: 65
Total score: 150
10. Martin Thompson @mjpt777
Pasty faced performance gangster real-logic.co.uk
Klout score: 80
Moz score: 69
Total score: 149
11. Brian Goetz @BrianGoetz
Java Language Architect at Oracle. Author.

Kred score: 79
Moz score: 70
Total score: 148
12. Josh Long @starbuxman
Spring Advocate @Pivotal, @pearson, writer @OReillyMedia
Klout score: 80
Moz score: 68
Total score: 148
13. Liz Keogh @lunivore
Lean/Agile consultant, speaker, blogger, poet, Londoner.
Kred score: 87
Moz score: 61
Total score: 148
14. Lukas Eder @lukaseder
all things #Java, #SQL, and #jOOQ

Kred score: 79
Moz score: 69
Total score: 147

15. Oliver Gierke @olivergierke

Spring Data Project Lead @ Pivotal, Java Champion, OpenSource enthusiast

Kred score: 80
Moz score: 66
Total score: 147
16. Venkat Subramaniam @venkat_s
Programmer, author, founder Agile Developer, professor at U of Houston
Kred score: 82
Moz score: 64
Total score: 146
17. Charles Nutter @headius
JRuby guy. Java Champion and Ruby Hero. Linguistics.
Kred score: 88
Moz score: 58
Total score: 146

18. Eberhard Wolff @ewolff
Fellow at @INNOQ . Software Architecture. Technology.

Kred score: 84
Moz score: 62
Total score: 145
19. Mark Reinhold @mreinhold
Chief Architect, Java Platform Group, Oracle
Kred score: 79
Moz score: 67
Total score: 145
20. Aleksey Shipilëv @shipilev
Developing OpenJDK at Red Hat. JVM Performance & concurrency
Kred score: 84
Moz score: 61
Total score: 144


We first generated a list of twenty thousand Java-related Twitter accounts (including all accounts that contain the keyword Java in their bio or in any of their tweets.)
To score the account and rank them accordingly, we analyzed their social authority and reach using two key metrics: MozRank and Kred.

Moz Social Authority Score: Social Authority score is composed of:

    1. The retweet rate of users’ last few hundred tweets.
    2. The recency of those tweets.
    3. A retweet-based model trained on user profile data.

Visit this MOZ blog post for more in-depth information.

Kred Score: Kred Influence Measurement, or Kred, is a website created by PeopleBrowsr that attempts to measure online social influence. Read more in the Kred scoring guide.


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Rank increased compared to last year’s list.
Java Champion: The Java Champions are an exclusive group of passionate Java technology and community leaders who are community-nominated and selected under a project sponsored by Oracle. Java Champions get the opportunity to provide feedback, ideas, and direction that will help Oracle grow the Java Platform. This interchange may be in the form of technical discussions and/or community-building activities with Oracle’s Java Development and Developer Program teams.

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