The Web’s 20 most visible individuals in the UK

Using channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube, NowPublic has listed below, the Web’s 20 most visible individuals in the UK.

Their formula gauges connectivity and “publicness” across four categories, including:

  • Online Visibility
  • Presence on User-Generated Content and Social Networking Sites
  • Interactivity and Accessibility
  • The “R” Factor: Presence on Microblogging Platforms (Flickr, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.)

They also used Alexa and Compete, which I personally think are worthless. For example, visitors to your site must use the Alexa toolbar (considered by Spybot as spyware) in order for their visits to count. So, if you don’t have a techie driven audience, they’re less likely to have the toobar installed and your site’s rating will suffer as a consequence. Anyway, that’s for another debate.

Here’s the list:

  1. Rory Cellan-Jones
  2. Darren Waters
  3. Iain Dale
  4. Paul Bradshaw
  5. Erik Huggers
  6. Tom Coates
  7. Ewan McIntosh
  8. Stephen Fry
  9. Nick Robinson
  10. Neil McIntosh
  11. Suw Charman-Anderson
  12. Alan Connor
  13. Kevin Anderson
  14. Andy Murray
  15. Charles Arthur
  16. Ian Betteridge
  17. Robert Peston
  18. Jon Kossman
  19. Jack Schofield
  20. Euan Semple

What do you make of the list? Do they deserve to be there? Who is it missing, if anyone?

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Robin Grant said...

    You Paul, you’re missing. They clearly weren’t measuring volume…


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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Stewart Curry said...

    What exactly is the point of the list? Is it a list of people who have the biggest audience online? Seems to me they are mostly journalists except of Mr Fry

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Steven Livingstone said...

    Would be nice to see who are the most visible because of social networking versus this list which is mainly those who are already in very visible, public positions. Stewart comments that most are journalists.

    I suspect the quality of their network is higher as journalism is what they do and hence they have the contacts anyway, but there is an emerging social scene of independents (i follow as many of them as i can).

    It’s all good, but i do think there are separate clouds.

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Sam Sethi said...

    I saw this list this morning thanks to Alan Patrick. (@freecloud) Journalists by their very nature are followers not leaders and they report on the value created by other people like:

    Simon Willison
    Ian Forrester
    Nick Halstead
    Andy Mitchell
    Alan Patrick
    Umair Haque
    Gary Reid
    Pat Phelan
    Connor ONeill
    Matt Biddulph
    James Governor
    Ben Werdmuller
    Andy McLoughlin
    Daniel Applequist
    Jeremy Keith
    Steve Moore
    Judith Clegg
    Oliver Barrett
    Simon Grice
    Deidre Malloy
    Robert Loch
    Amanda Rose
    Stewart Townsend
    Helen Keegan
    Sam Michel
    Ian Delany
    Paul Walsh

    These are the people in the UK who are creating value with new technologies or events.

    This list is not exhaustive but off the top of my head. I would not add any VC’s to this list.

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Pat Phelan said...

    More Fellatio
    Come on Walshy, enough on the lists 🙂

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Euan W Semple said...

    The list is a load of bollocks

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Poppy Dinsey said...

    I agree with Sam’s comment and list although I would add his cheeky self to the list…would also add Christian Payne aka Documentally.

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Q said...

    Load of f*cking bollox..

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Chris Rawlinson said...

    Silly list if ya ask me. Where is Hugh Macleod, Steve Clayton and yourself to name but a few !!

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  links for 2008-11-26 « andrewlewin: let me think about that … said...

    […] The Web’s 20 most visible individuals in the UK NowPublic lists Rory Cellan-Jones, Stephen Fry, Nick Robinson, Ian Betteridge, Jack Schofield and of course Robert Peston among the top 20, using channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube to guage online visbility, presence on SMS/UGC sites, interactivity etc. (tags: socialmedia socialnetworking online) […]

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Thomas Power said...

    Disappointed not to make the list but I only know 5 so it’s not surprising.

    Thomas Power
    Chairman Ecademy

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Sarah Arrow said...

    Not many women on the list?
    Does the tech way of measuring them exclude their visibility or are they just plain not bothered about it?

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    Paul Walsh  Paul Walsh said...

    So… I think lists like this are likely to miss people, no matter who creates them – mostly because they can only include people they know.

    @Thomas – you’re never going to make a list if you continue to leave a signature in blog comments 😉

    Sarah – I don’t think it should include women for the sake of it. But I’m sure you didn’t mean that anyway. I’d love to see a list that includes as many business women (and men) as possible – like a directory.

    … I’ve just come up with an idea.

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Stig said...

    Thomas – it’s visible – you’re on the risible list.

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Nikki Pilkington said...

    I spend my life on the web and I had to look up half of those people to see who they were! Makes me wonder “visible to WHO?”

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Dave Angel said...

    “Disappointed not to make the list but I only know 5 so it’s not surprising.

    Thomas Power
    Chairman Ecademy”

    Erm…. who are you?

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Mitch said...


    Ego and stupidity is a very dangerous combination.

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Twitter and Facebook: not the same thing « andrewlewin: let me think about that … said...

    […] Facebook’s 120 million, those users tend to be (a) influential – take a look at the list of the Web’s 20 most visible individuals in the UK and you’ll find they’re mostly Twitter users, even Stephen Fry – and also very active […]

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