Vancouver's 20 Most-visible Individuals on the Web

by Rob Lewis | Culture

The Vancouver Sun published NowPublic's first-ever index identifying the web's 20 most-visible individuals in Vancouver today. The MostPublic Index measures whose voices are most heard in the digital landscape as new channels - including Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube - transform how media is created and spread.

"These are folks who are engaged. They are involved in the world around them," said Leonard Brody, CEO of NowPublic, a Vancouver-based site where people can post and discuss news stories.

The Vancouver index is the latest effort by NowPublic to identify the MostPublic influencers in specific urban centres. Previously, NowPublic published similar lists in New York, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. NowPublic's measurement formula gauges an individual's online visibility, presence on user-generated content and social networking sites, audience interactivity and accessibility, and the presence on microblogging platforms such as Flickr or Twitter.

Topping the list in Darren Barefoot who introduced me to blogging back in 2004. Others notables on the list are Techvibes guest contributors Boris Mann, Rebecca Bollwit, and Ian Andrew Bell.

The Top 20 is as follows:

  1. Darren Barefoot
  2. Tim Bray
  3. Boris Mann
  4. Kris Krug
  5. Roland Tanglao
  6. Tom Williams
  7. Megan Cole
  8. Rebecca Bolwitt
  9. Arianna Schweber
  10. Tod Maffin
  11. Dick Hardt
  12. Tris Hussey
  13. Alfred Hermida
  14. Matthew Good
  15. Ian Andrew Bell
  16. Travis Smith
  17. Danny Robinson
  18. Paul Sullivan
  19. David Beers
  20. David Eby

So.... I've got to ask. Who did NowPublic miss on the list? Any surprise omissions or inclusions?

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

NowPublic is a participatory news network which mobilizes an army of reporters to cover the events that define our world. In twelve short months, the company has become one of the fastest growing news organizations with thousands of reporters in over 140 countries. During Hurricane Katrina, NowPublic had more reporters in the affected area than most news organizations have on their entire... more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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