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Lots of new people joining Google+, so I figure now is a good time to update my list of follow recommendations! Add some (or all) of these public(ish) figures to your Following circle, and Google+ won't feel so much like a ghost town. (Please note: The following people may work for certain companies, but that does not mean they will always post about those companies. It certainly doesn't mean that they speak for those companies in any way at all - unless, of course, they do.)

Googlers: +Vic Gundotra, +Bradley Horowitz, +Larry Page, +Sergey Brin, +Natalie Villalobos (Community Manager for Google+), +Matt Cutts, +Andy Staudacher, +Owen Prater, +Joseph Smarr, +Trey Harris, +Andreas Koll, +Eric Cattell, +Darren Delaye, +Chee Chew, +Kelly Ellis, +Andrew Bunner, +Andy Hertzfeld, +DeWitt Clinton, +Matt Waddell, +Vincent Mo, +Yonatan Zunger, +Rick Klau, +Vanessa Schneider (Google Community Manager for Places), +Melissa Daniels (Google Community Manager for Chrome OS), +Brian Rose (Google Community Manager for Photos) & +Chris Messina (Inventor of the Twitter hashtag!)

From +Gina Trapani +Leo Laporte +Jeff Jarvis +Sarah Lane +Dr. Kiki Sanford

Other bloggers, press, and otherwise tech-affiliated people: +Ahmed Zeeshan, +Ben Parr, +Adam Pash, +Jesse Stay and +Steven Levy (check out his excellent story about Google+ in Wired:

From Pandora: +Alida Brandenburg

From Twitter: +Biz Stone +Evan Williams

From MySpace: +Tom Anderson (Yes, it's really him... your first friend!)

From Revision3: +Kevin Rose +Jeff Cannata +Veronica Belmont +David Prager +Mauricio Balvanera

From xkcd: +Randall Munroe

Freedom fighter: +Lawrence Lessig

From Dell: +Michael Dell

Other geeks: +Felicia Day

Wine expert, author, and entrepreneur, +Gary Vaynerchuk

After all those people, if Google+ still feels empty, just add +Robert Scoble or +Chris Pirillo and you'll be all set! ;)

For everyone who SHOULD be on this list but isn't, I'm sorry if I forgot you! Some of you I probably haven't found yet, others just slipped my mind. If you know of other interesting or helpful people who aren't on this list but should be, please add them in the comments below. All contributions are welcome!
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Sorry +David Byttow! Wouldn't want to forget not just a Googler but a member of the Google+ team. I tried editing, but I keep getting an error for some reason.

+Josh Brown, I think that's an excellent idea!
+Brian Koppe Apparently there is a limit on the number of times you can edit a post per day. Happened to me as well. You'll be able to edit again after 24 hours.

And thank you for the mention! :)
Hey +Brian Koppe, great list! Would love to be added to "press" or somewhere in there. Work at Huffington Post, share about tech, social, etc. BTW also graduated from DePaul. Thanks :)
Thanks for including me in your list, Brian!
Thank you! I was trying to remember his name while creating this post.
Thanks +Ted Sander ! Don't know about excellent -- but there are a few rambling ones... :-)
Thanks for chiming in, +Tom Conrad ! I was actually just in a Hangout a few minutes ago with some of my Google noodles discussing with them whether it would be kosher for me to + you in this thread. I wanted to give you your proper dues, but I also didn't want to put you on blast if you weren't comfortable going so public with your profile. Glad you got synced in. You have some excellent posts.
Love it that you're here +Alida Brandenburg. This is all really fun... and a great break from an otherwise stressful day.
Me, Luis Orellana, all eCommerce and web semantics worldwide extraordinaire.......
OMG what a treasure trove of brilliance to follow! Thank you, Brian! I just joined yesterday, what a par-tay!
I Just joined, feel free to + me : )
Have A Wonderful Weekend!
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