Who controls the Internet? Below are the list of Top 10 Most Influential People Online according to Adam Toren and his justification:
#1 Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook.com
Any site that boasts over 500 million users, as Facebook does, is going to be highly influential, and as Founder and CEO of Facebook, much of that influence falls to Zuckerberg.
#2 Larry Page – Google.com
When you co-found and run a company whose name has become a commonly used verb, you definitely have influence. Google is, of course, the most popular search engine, but it’s so much more.
#3 Steve Jobs – Apple
It’s hard to imagine a world without Apple products in it, and that’s why Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, is highly influential. Apple has changed the way we interact online.
#4 Matt Mullenweg – WordPress.org
For changing the face of the Internet, the prize has to go to Matt Mullenweg, the developer and founder of WordPress. Millions of websites run on this open source blogging platform (including this one), which has become synonymous with blogging.
#5 Arianna Huffington –HuffingtonPost.com
HuffingtonPost.com has become the go-to site for millions of people seeking news and commentary on everything from politics and world events to entertainment and green living. Even before AOL agreed to acquire Arianna Huffington’s company for $315 million, the site reached 25 million unique visitors per month.
#6 Steve Ballmer – Microsoft
He might not be as hip or trendy as a lot of people on the list, but there is no denying that Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, is highly influential. Chances are the computer you’re using right now is running some version of a Windows operating system, and even though alternatives like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome have gained a lot of traction, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still holds the largest market share for Internet browsers.
#7 Michael Arrington – TechCrunch.com
You know how if Oprah recommends a book it becomes an instant best seller? Well, TechCrunch.com has a similar level of influence in the world of technology and electronics. As the site’s founder and co-editor, Michael Arrington is considered by many to be one of the most influential people anywhere.
#8 Jimmy Wales – Wikipedia.org
With a stated life goal of, “To create and distribute a free encyclopedia of the highest possible quality to every single person on the planet in their own language,” Jimmy Wales has guided Wikipedia to household name status throughout the world.
#9 Gary Vaynerchuk –Garyvaynerchuk.com
Gary Vaynerchuk is showing others that changing the way you think can change your chances of success. With his first NY Times Best Seller, Crush It! he showed people that passion can be the best reason to start a business, and in his latest book The Thank You Economy, he explains how the rise of the Internet and the empowerment of the common consumer has created a fundamental shift in how businesses are expected to behave.
#10 Guy Kawasaki – AllTop.com
The man behind Apple’s rejuvenation is influencing others in a big way. Currently, Guy Kawasaki is promoting the idea of enchantment and how that feeling can pull in readers, customers, and communities – how’s that for influence?
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