Top 10 Big Data Visualization Experts to Follow on Twitter

No one becomes a dataviz guru without help and insight from top industry experts. Following data visualization professionals on twitter is a great way to develop your understanding of big data and analytics. We’ve compiled a list of ten amazing industry experts that all have something important to say about big data and data visualization online.

As thought leaders, they represent a fountain of information on current trends and practices within the analytics industry that you can apply to your own work. Add them to your feed for interesting, informative insights that will help you manage big data decisions and apply them to growing your business.

1. Enrico Bertini

An assistant professor at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and author of the Fell in Love with Data blog, Enrico Bertini is deeply entrenched in the field of data visualization. His thesis for his PhD in computer engineering focused on information visualization and he currently researches and teaches on the same subject. Follow him at @FILWD.

2. Marcus Borba

If you want to understand how to integrate the many facets of big data and data visualization into one cohesive whole, Marcus Borba is the one to follow. The CTO at Spark Strategic Business Solution, Borba is known as an expert in big data, data management, visualization, business intelligence and business strategy. Add @marcusborba to your feed to take advantage of his extensive knowledge.

3. Jeffrey Heer

Following @jeffrey_heer gives you access to the wide-ranging experience of Jeffrey Heer, the lead developer of such data visualization tools Prefuse, Flare and Protovis. When it comes to making big data easier to understand, Heer knows how to provide what businesses need to succeed.

4. Noah Iliinsky

Author of Designing Data Visualizations, Noah Iliinsky specializes in information design and speaks about visualization design best practices for industries. His website,, states that he likes “to build things that are helpful and educational,” a goal supported by his past experience with interactive design. Follow Noah at @noahi.

5. Aaron Koblin

Aaron Koblin is the recipient of the 2014 National Design Award for Interactive Design and currently serves as the CTO for Vrse, Inc. His fresh perspective on data visualization makes following @aaronkoblin a smart choice if you want to take your business to the next level.

6. Alberto Cairo

Alberto is a data and analytics lecturer at the university of Miami. He is also the author of the book The Functional Art as well as the popular blog of the same name. His observational tweets are incredibly useful and always relevant. As an avid reader he often posts great extracts from the data and analytics books he is reading. Alberto is a never ending stream of wit, imagination, insight and humour. Follow him at @albertocairo and look for more from him on this blog.  

7. Scott Murray

Data visualization is one of Scott Murray’s major interests. He focuses on creating “design experiences that encourage people to slow down and reflect.” As an Assistant Professor of Design at USF and author of a book entitled Interactive Data Visualization for the Web, Murray has a lot to offer businesses that follow his @alignedleft Twitter feed.

8. Cole Nussbaumer

Follow Cole Nussbaumer at @storywithdata to learn how to move away from ineffective graphics and utilize big data visualization to tell stories about your business. Nussbaumer’s insights will help you make better sense of company data and use it to improve all aspects of business operations.

9. Gregory Piatetsky-Shaprio

Being the president of the analytics and data mining consulting company KDnuggets puts Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro in a position to help businesses bring diverse groups of data together. Follow @kdnuggets for valuable insights into data mining and knowledge discovery.

10. Naomi B. Robbins

Naomi B. Robbins speaks extensively to nonprofits, corporations, government agencies, universities and various societies on the subject of creating effective graphs. If you have problems making sense of big data, start following @nbrgraphs and check out her book, Creating More Effective Graphics.

Following big data visualization experts on Twitter gives you a better grasp of what’s going on in the world of data and how you can apply it to your own business to increase success. Take advantage of the opportunity to interact with these thought leaders and grow your network, and one day you may become one of the “go-to” people for data visualization information.

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