This is very rough, sorry but this was an email I made for my friend @SlackerMark as he is brand new to Twitter and FriendFeed.  As I typed it up I thought it might make an OK blog post. 

 Here is my uber list of people in no particular order to follow on Twitter.  They will make your life a more meaningful existence, or something like that:

http://twitter.com/darthvader Cause if you don’t he will choke you with the Force
http://twitter.com/biz one of the Twitter founders
http://twitter.com/ev another Twitter founder
http://twitter.com/laughingsquid News and humor in the tech world
http://twitter.com/cnnbrk CNN – NEWS duh
http://twitter.com/Scobleizer Scobleizer is a huge tech guy and social media fan find him on FriendFeed too
http://twitter.com/twitter it’s what you are using so follow it
http://twitter.com/mashable Tech/social media news
http://twitter.com/TechCrunch Michael Arrington – if you don’t know who he is, your not into tech
http://twitter.com/wilw Remember Weasly Crusher from Start Trek…well he grew up and now is an uber nerd
http://twitter.com/timoreilly The guy with a bunch of tech books…yeah that O’Reilly
http://twitter.com/JohnCleese Monty Python funny man
http://twitter.com/hodgman PC funny man
http://twitter.com/algore yes…the former vice president
http://twitter.com/BarackObama yes…the president-elect.  He hasn’t made an update since he won the election but the next post will probably cure cancer
http://twitter.com/jimmyfallon another funny man from SNL
http://twitter.com/jabancroft tech blogger who lives in Portland and works for Intel
http://twitter.com/guykawasaki very smart man in social media and in general
http://twitter.com/LeoLaporte More tech news, very personable
http://twitter.com/CamaroSS My friend Kase…he rarely updates but follow him to make him feel better
http://twitter.com/amtrekker Go look at his blog and adventures!  really worth it!

You can find most of these people on friend feed as well so if you want to follow them there you can.  Here are a couple that I follow there:

http://friendfeed.com/ultrasur1 she usually posts something thought provoking
http://friendfeed.com/problogger Darren Rose a blogger in Australia, very good
http://friendfeed.com/justinkorn some dude
http://friendfeed.com/louisgray tech dude
http://friendfeed.com/thepuck weird but interesting dude
http://friendfeed.com/scobleizer more scoble
http://friendfeed.com/techcrunch more arrington
http://friendfeed.com/pathawks programmer

FriendFeed also has rooms which usually feature conversations about topics or locations rather than people’s individual feed. 

http://friendfeed.com/rooms/birmingham-alabama This is my room
http://friendfeed.com/rooms/friendfeed-feedback Good one if you want to bitch about friendfeed
http://friendfeed.com/rooms/appleroom Yes it’s about Apple, but think of it as cross training!
http://friendfeed.com/rooms/movie-reviews Movies and someones opinion of it
http://friendfeed.com/rooms/pro-blogger About blogging and social media
http://friendfeed.com/rooms/rww About tech, blogging, and social media
http://friendfeed.com/rooms/weloveapps Very cool site that features (normally) free Windows, Mac, Linux, and web apps
http://friendfeed.com/mitchelltsai some guy
http://friendfeed.com/tad more tad

Because both of these sites have opened their API’s for the world to program there are many programs that let you access these websites from a desktop app.  I recommend trying http://www.twhirl.org/ first.  It’s a better twitter client than anything else.  Friend Feeds website is so good you really will want to use it over the app.  But twitter is nice to pull updates to the desktop.

Since you like using and (I assume) pay for text messages, you can interact with Twitter via SMS.  Check out their help pages for more, as I never use it in this manner but it looks interesting!  Also look into Friend Feeds Imaginary Friends which lets you add people who are not using FF to still appear in your FF stream.  For example, my friend @CamaroSS is on Twitter but not FF so I created an imaginary friend of @CamaroSS in FF and now his Twitter updates appear in my FF stream, even though he has never signed up for a FF account.  Pretty cool!

Well, that’s it for now.  I’m tired, that was a lot of typing.  Time for some food.  Hit me up as I am on Twitter constantly @bmbufalo.  It’s crack I tell you!

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