The internet is a great (and sometimes weird) thing. As THE DRESS showed us – you don’t have to be famous to start a global conversation and become an instant internet sensation. 21-year-old singer Caitlin McNeill caused the internet to break by posting a picture of a dress to Tumblr causing the entire globe to be divided over what colour it is. Consequently, she holds the spot as the 30th most influential person on the web.
Social media and our constant obsession with sharing everything has basically caused the playing field to be levelled between famous people and your average Joe demanding a massive audience and widespread attention.
Time has put together a list of some of the most influential people on the web by analysing:
- Social-media followings;
- Site traffic;
- Overall ability to drive news.
Check out the top 5:
1. Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg aka PewDiePie
PewDiePie is the poster child for the power of the internet. This 25-year-old Swedish YouTube sensation holds the number one spot as king of the web with 35 million YouTube subscribers and nearly 8 billion total views!
2. Taylor Swift
No surprise there. You can’t move without seeing/hearing/smelling Taylor Swift. She is really good at engaging with her many followers across all social media platforms, giving fans the opportunity to feel like they are really engaging with her.
3. The Jester
The Jester is part of a growing number of cyber activists/hacktivists that have emerge since the adoption of the internet. The Jester claims to have shut down 180 websites since he started his persona 5 years ago, including sites associated with Isis.
4. Nash Grier
If you don’t know who Nash Grier is go ask a teenage girl. He’s like TOTALLY freaking aaawesome. But seriously, he is pretty funny.
5. Barack Obama
US President, Barack Obama has basically become the president of the planet and is well-loved around the world and well followed on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. He is a president for the people and the internet has given him a wider platform to have a global reach and influence.