Following (pun intended) Twitter’s lead, LinkedIn has introduced a pretty cool new feature, which allows you to subscribe to a lengthy list of thought leaders.

LinkedIn Thought Leaders

You can now select from an absolutely impressive line up of 150 influential thought leaders from all walks of life and receive their personal posts in your regular LinkedIn feed.

US President Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron, Virgin Group founder and super cool dude entrepreneur Richard Branson, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman the Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington and visionaries such as Tim O’Reilly and Eric Ries are among the first 150 thought leaders that LinkedIn users can follow. I’m already following all of the above.

You can check out the full list of thought leaders here.

What makes this different from Twitter is that LinkedIn has effectively curated some of the top minds in the world to participate. I know,.. Twitter is much more organic in it’s growth and use by celebrities but the true thinkers I want to hear from are not as engaged on Twitter as I’d like. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Twitter but even though this is invitation only participation and not totally inline with true social media principals, I’m excited to see where this goes.

Fingers crossed that they don’t blow it!