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    3 January 2013

    Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    The first cavewoman (or caveman) to open her mouth and utter an intelligible word changed the game for the local tribe. After some time, humans gained the power of language, and eventually, figured out how to write things down. Suddenly information could be transmitted and retained. The game had grown larger and more complex. Somebody needed to make some rules.

    Centuries later, a German blacksmith named Johannes Gutenberg invented mechanical movable type and ushered in a printing revolution throughout Europe, and then the world. Now information could be spread throughout the masses. Reading and transmission of data was no longer relegated to the educated elite.

    More centuries later, technology began to increase at a rapid pace. Suddenly there were telegraphs and then telephones, enabling almost instant communication across traditional boundaries. Finally, the Internet was born. It’s still going through its growing pains.

    The game has come a long way. So what does the future hold? Who knows? Though nobody can know for sure, it’s always a good idea to see what the experts and influential power players have to say.

    Here’s a list of savvy individuals whose words are worth your precious time.

    Gary Vaynerchuk - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    1. Gary Vaynerchuk

    Follow Gary Vaynerchuk: @garyvee

    Family 1st! but after that, Businessman. Just a dude that Loves the Hustle, People & the @NYJets @vaynermedia .Tasted wine for years online! @winelibrary

    An entrepreneur as a child, Vaynerchuk turned his family business into an ultra-successful wine store. He parlayed his expertise into a successful blog and eventually a consulting firm. His tweets reflect his exuberance and passions.

    Ted Coine - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    2. Ted Coine

    Follow Ted Coine: @tedcoine

    Business heretic. Happily-former CEO. Author & Speaker. Forbes Social Power Influencer. #tchat ~ My follow-back policy:http://bit.ly/xTQUxS (No DMs pls)
    Naples, FL · http://switchandshift.com

    Looking for better ways to conduct business? Coine’s tweets are full of helpful links to informative articles that will open your mind and increase your productivity.

    Chris Brogan - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    3. Chris Brogan

    Follow Chris Brogan: @chrisbrogan

    CEO&President, Human Business Works, a business design company. More? http://hbway.com/c . contact: http://chrisbrogan.com/contact
    Boston, MA

    Chris is the owner of Human Works and is a New York Times bestselling co-author of The Impact Equation, and a sought-after professional keynote speaker. Be prepared for some fun facts and humor.

    Ashton Kutcher - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    4. Ashton Kutcher

    Follow Ashton Kutcher: @aplusk

    I make stuff, actually I make up stuff, stories mostly, collaborations of thoughts, dreams, and actions. Thats me.

    We all know Ashton. He’s on your television. He’s on your computer. He’s in your backyard! Just kidding, you’ve been Punk’d.

    Robert Scoble - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    5. Robert Scoble

    Follow Robert Scoble: @scobleizer

    @Rackspace’s Startup Liaison Officer, who grew up in Silicon Valley, brings you technology news, videos, and opinions.

    Long term blogger and trendsetter, Scoble is best known for his blog, also called Scobleizer. His experience as a technological evangelist at Microsoft make his tweets and blog worth examining thouroughly.

    Justine Ezarik - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    6. Justine Ezarik

    Follow Justine Ezarik: @ijustine

    I play video games and make vids on YouTube http://youtube.com/ijustine

    Viral comedian and Internet celebrity, Ezarik has been described as a “lifecasting star.” If you’re looking for cutting edge tips for social media, check out the tweets of a “new media star.”

    Mark Cuban - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    7. Mark Cuban

    Follow Mark Cuban: @mcuban

    Entrepreneur.

    Pretty short twitter bio, huh? Well, when you reach the status of Mark Cuban, you don’t really need to say much. Luckily, Cuban does have things to say and people should definitely be paying attention.

    Guy Kawasaki - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    8. Guy Kawasaki

    Follow Mark Cuban: @GuyKawasaki

    Author of Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions. Former chief evangelist of Apple. Co-founder of Alltop.
    Silicon Valley, California · apethebook.com

    Remember Macintosh? Well, Mr. Kawasaki was one of the original marketers for that little bestseller. Add in experience as a venture capitalist and a popular blogger, and his tweets are not to be missed.

    Ann Handley - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    9. Ann Handley

    Follow Ann Handley: @MarketingProfs

    Head of Content here at ‘Profs. People seem to like my writing:http://www.contentrulesbook.com http://www.annhandley.com
    Boston, Massachusetts · http://www.marketingprofs.com

    Mixing a potent combination of tactical and strategic marketing techniques, Handley has a passion for building communities, and it shows in her kind and helpful posts.

    Scott Monty - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    10. Scott Monty

    Follow Scott Monty: @ScottMonty

    Global head of social media at Ford Motor Company, husband, dad, podcaster, proprietor of http://bakerstreetblog.com , and a generally nice guy. Formerly from Boston.
    Detroit, MI · http://scottmonty.com

    Forbes ranked Monty as one of the top 10 influencers in social media. He’s in charge of social media for Ford Motor Company and thankfully, he’s willing to share techniques on his blog and twitter feed.

    Kim Garst - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    11. Kim Garst

    Follow Kim Garst: @kimgarst

    CEO, Entrepreneur, Social Media & Personal Branding Strategist & Mentor to Business Owners. Forbes TOP 50 Social Media Influencer. Love God, family & hockey!
    Tampa, Florida · boomsocial.net

    Not only is she a social media expert, Kim Garst adds a personal touch to all of her business endeavors. It often feels like you’re in a conversation with her directly. We could all learn a thing or two from her techniques.

    Lori Ruff - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    12. Lori Ruff

    Follow Lori Ruff: @loriruff

    CEO Integrated Alliances The @LinkedInDiva ? Social Influencer ? B2B Sales, Marketing/PR #GreatContent Chat Founder ? Author#RockTheWorld w/LinkedIn Radio Host
    Minneapolis, MN · http://RockLinkedIn.com

    An orator extraordinaire, Lori Ruff can reach listeners in an auditorium, on the radio, or over the Internet. Old-fashioned rhetorical skill combined with modern social expertise. A potent combination.

    Mari Smith - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    13. Mari Smith

    Follow Mari Smith: @MariSmith

    Top Social Media Expert | Premier Facebook Marketing Expert | Globe-trotting Speaker | Author | ‘Mari like Ferrari’ | Scottish-Canadian | http://fb.com/marismith
    San Diego, California · marismith.com

    Mari Smith has shared the stage with the likes of Tony Robbins, Richard Branson, and the Dalai Lama. A marketing expert particularly knowledgeable about Facebook and Twitter, Smith is a true international powerhouse.

    Jeff Bullas - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    14. Jeff Bullas

    Follow Jeff Bullas: @jeffbullas

    Social Media Marketing for Business, including Blogging, Facebook, Twitter,YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+, Search, SEO and Content Marketing
    Sydney, Australia · http://jeffbullas.com/

    A consultant, coach, mentor, and speaker, Jeff Bullas has a highly successful blog to add to his impressive resume. He knows how to merge old-school marketing techniques with modern social media methods to ensure rapid success.

    Chris Abraham - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    15. Chris Abraham

    Follow Chris Abraham: @chrisabraham

    Chris Abraham is the consummate social media marketing and digital PR professional, experiencing unparalleled success. He is also very humble.
    Washington, DC · chrisabraham.com

    Chris Abraham has been in the game for over a decade. His fascination with memetics and how they influence culture make anything he writes fascinating and informative.

    Renee Blodgett - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    16. Renee Blodgett

    Follow Renee Blodgett: @MagicSauceMedia

    I’ll help you paint a new canvas for your Biz & Your Life! Branding, Social Media, PR, Marketing, Blogger, Coach, Rainmaker, Connector, Photographer,Innovator
    San Francisco · http://www.magicsaucemedia.com

    Renne Blodgett does it all and she does it everywhere. With over 20 years experience in several countries, she has helped launch companies through her unique campaigns consisting of branding, viral and traditional marketing, and word-of-mouth techniques.

    Chris Voss - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    17. Chris Voss

    Follow Chris Voss: @CHRISVOSS

    Social Media Consultant, Trainer, Speaker, The Chris Voss Show, CEO of Strategix One. Top SM Leader seen by Forbes, CNN, Huff Po, Alltop News & other media etc.
    Los Angeles, CA · http://bit.ly/TueXO

    A serial entrepreneur for over 25 years, Chris Voss has experience in a variety of fields, including retail clothing lines, talent agencies, real estate, stock markets, and so much more. His dynamic personality shines through in all of his endeavors.

    Susan Cooper - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    18. Susan Cooper

    Follow Susan Cooper: @BuzzEdition

    Hi I’m Susan from NC, Social Media Enthusiast & Strategist. I create social media campaigns to help build awareness. ? Music, Movies & More!
    North Carolina · http://buzzedition.com

    A quick look at her website will demonstrate that Susan Cooper understands the power of humor and personality when it comes to social impact. Add in her years of experience and you can be assured of quality advice.

    Chris Pirillo - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    19. Chris Pirillo

    Follow Chris Pirillo: @ChrisPirillo

    Entrepreneur, Entertainer, Speaker, Consultant / Coach, Geek… and an expert in being myself. I’ve been online since 1992. chris@pirillo.com
    Seattle, WA · http://www.twitter.com/ChrisPirillo

    Self professed geek Chirs Pirillo uses his unique personality to keep his finger on the pulse of the social media environment. He genuinely loves to help people and it shows.

    Amber Naslund - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    20. Amber Naslund

    Follow Amber Naslund: @AmberCadabra

    Social business at @SideraWorks. Author. Musician. Bully breed advocate. Mom. @Mindsharers. Bibliophile. Word Nerd. I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.
    Chicago, IL · http://brasstackthinking.com

    Amber Naslund understands the changing ecosystems of businesses and their customers. An accomplished writer, blogger, and speaker, she helps companies adapt to the modern business environment smoothly.

    David Carr - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    21. David Carr

    Follow David Carr: @carr2n

    David Carr, Media Equation column, blogs @ Decoder, covers pop culture at NYTimes. Tweets hi-low, news, whatnot. Author: Night of the Gun. http://amzn.to/lhYAP5
    Jersey/NYC/Lincoln Tunnel · http://nyti.ms/mNutl

    A journalist for over 25 years, David Carr has established himself as an expert on the intersection between media, culture, business, and government. His writing is so good, you’ll find yourself reading column after column.

    John Battelle - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    22. John Battelle

    Follow John Battelle: @johnbattelle

    A Founder of Federated Media, OpenCoSF, Web 2 Summit, Wired, Industry Standard; writer on Media, Technology, Culture, Business
    Marin, California · http://battellemedia.com/

    Who hasn’t spent hours perusing Wired magazine? Well, you can send some of your thanks to John Battelle. Be sure to check out his book, The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture, for a fascinating history on the rise of the search engine giant.

    Michael Stelzner - Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    23. Michael Stelzner

    Follow Michael Stelzner: @Mike_Stelzner

    Founded Social Media Examiner & Social Media Marketing podcast, authored Launch & Writing White Papers. Committed Christian and dad.
    http://socialmediaexaminer.com

    Specializing in social media and white papers, Michael Stelzner appreciates the importance of family and community as well as success in business. His old-fashioned values are a breath of fresh air in a turbulent world.

    Of course, it’s impossible to list all of the power players. Who did we leave out? Any of your favorite experts? You, perhaps? Let us know with a comment.

    Matthew Toren is an Award Winning Author, Serial Entrepreneur, and Investor. He Co-Founded YoungEntrepreneur.com along with his brother Adam. Matthew is co-author of the newly released book: Small Business, Big Vision: “Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right” and also co-author of Kidpreneurs.

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    14 Responses to Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

    1. Ted Coine January 4, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      Matthew,

      What an honor! I am a big fan of a number of the top social media influencers you have listed here, so to see my name up there with them – that is more validation than I can adequately express. …Especially because you listed me ahead of Ashton (brilliant!)

    2. Kim Garst January 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      Matthew, thanks so much for including me in this list! Very honored to be among such amazing names!

      • Matthew T January 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

        @Kim You are amazing Kim! Keep doing what you are doing because you do it so well.

        Just an fyi – on your http://kimgarst.com/media/ you put blogpreneur and it’s supposed to be Blogtrepreneur, the link you have there is correct:>

        Keep Dominating!

        Matthew

    3. Mj January 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

      insight ful & resourceful,
      Thx, Keep it up,
      Regards,
      Mjf Lion

    4. Christer Edman January 6, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

      I am so glad to see Kim Garst on your list Matthew she really deserves to be on this list!

    5. Lori Ruff, The LinkedIn Diva January 11, 2013 at 12:08 am #

      Matthew, I heard about your post on Sunday as New Media Expo was getting underway. I’m honored you included me and wrote such compelling words I would never have thought to write about myself.

      I’d like to send you a personal message. Please send me a note and I’ll reply.

      By the way, Thanks for Mark Fidelman (Fi-del’-man), author of Socialized and a Forbes Columnist, had six of the people on your list at the concurrent http://BizNextLive.com.

      Rock On!

    6. Chris Brogan January 11, 2013 at 7:34 am #

      Well thanks! I appreciate it. What a fun list of folks. : )

      • Lori Ruff, The LinkedIn Diva January 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

        Looking forward to our schedules crossing sometime soon Chris! Seems we keep crossing paths but never at the same time.

    7. Sthembiso January 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      Thank you for the list, am looking forward to learning from them.

    8. Douglas Karr February 11, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      Hope I can make your next list, Matthew!

      • Matthew T February 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

        @Douglas Great to meet you! Your blog kicks ass! Keep doing what you are doing! Cheers!

    9. darcy March 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

      Can I simply just say what a comfort to uncover someone who actually understands what
      they’re discussing over the internet. You definitely understand how to bring an issue to light and make it important. A lot more people really need to read this and understand this side of your story. I was surprised you are not more popular because you definitely possess the gift.

    10. Anton Volney May 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      Wasn’t Chris Perillo on TechTV? He sounds familiar.

    11. Ivan Widjaya April 6, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

      Gary made it big because of the speech he made in the conference. He is skilled and he is good at inspiring people.

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