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At Rigor, we leverage the open source and Web Performance community to build performance and availability tools, which were previously only available to large enterprises, to everyday organizations. I often find myself discussing the Web Performance world and it’s recent evolution, which prompted make a “Who’s Who” list of those who are pushing the envelope in the space.

The following, in no particular order, is a Top 10 list of the individuals and organizations that contribute to the Web Performance ecosystem:

  1. @souders – Steve Souders is likely the most influential person in the field of Web Performance.  He is currently Head Performance Engineer at Google, where he spends his focus on open source initiatives for Web Performance and was previously held the position of Chief Performance Yahoo where he was the creator of YSlow. His High Performance Web Sites Blog and published works are also great sources of  data on the subject.
  2. @slicknet – Nicholas C. Zakas is a past Principal Engineer at Yahoo! and has done some great work in the realm of high performance JavaScript. He’s authored a number of articles and books on the subject including High Performance JavaScript, and can be found blogging here.
  3. @janodvarko – Jan Odvarko of the Software is hard blog is a major contributor to a number of extremely useful open source projects including Firebug, the HTTP Archive spec and HAR Viewer. Jan does a great job of breaking down complex principles of Web Optimization into bite-sized tips and tricks.
  4. @zoompf – This is my hometown pick that’s run by ex-hacker, and fellow Georgia Tech alumnus, Billy Hoffman. Billy has wealth of knowledge in all things technology, and his “How fast is…” posts do a great job of picking apart performance issues in some of the most web’s well known sites.
  5. @velocityconf – The official account for the Velocity Conference, which O’Reilly’s Web Performance and Operations conference that many of the top names in the industry.
  6. @getify – Kyle Simpson is a JavaScript Systems Architect that focuses on JavaScript, Web Performance Optimization, and “middle-end” application architecture. If something can’t be done in JavaScript or web stack technology, he’s probably bored by it. Kyle works as a Software Engineer on the Development Tools team for Mozilla.
  7. @PatMeenan – Created the incredibly useful while at AOL and now is a part of Google’s team helping to make the web faster. You will find a high signal to noise ratio when following Patrick.
  8. @AutomatedTester – David Burns is a Mozilla tester and a contributor to the Selenium project, which automates the testing of web apps. Catch the latest on Firefox tools and Selenium testing by following David.
  9. @perfplanet – The Performance Planet twitter account, managed by Sergey Chernyshev, retweets news and views from the Web Performance blogosphere. You will find a nice aggregation of useful tweets on the topic here.
  10. @SeleniumHQ – The official twitter account of Selenium’s open source browser automation tools. Get the latest by reading their “A Smattering of Selenium” posts.

So there they are, the influencers in the community. Collectively, they are making the web a more useful place.

As a Top 10 list, it’s by definition not exhaustive, so feel free to add to the list below. Let’s hear your opinions… Who did I leave off?


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