Measuring Worth?

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A long time ago, a clever man once said, “A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions” (the Roman Emperor Philosopher, Marcus Aurelius).

This may have been true in AD150 but is it still relevant in the always-on world of AD2009? These days a more common measure of worth is your connectivity. Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn co-founder) summed this up nicely when he said, “Your network your net worth.” One of Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Top Life Tips is to, “go to more parties”. The express reason for this is to expand your network and expose yourself to more positive Black Swans.

A couple of weeks back we received an invite to a London networking event. The speakers were sold on the basis of the number of Twitter followers they had. This made me smile as it reminded me of recent conversations about the pressures and politics of maintaining relationships online.

Is the number of followers a true proxy for how valuable someone’s opinion is? I give you Britney Spears (903,274 followers).

My stepson Newton (694 Facebook friends) loves the fact he’s “more popular” than his younger brother Richard (389 Facebook friends). Phil (646 Facebook friends, 433 LinkedIn connections, 244 Twitter followers) and I (232 Facebook friends, 431 LinkedIn connections, 251 Twitter followers) regularly pull each other’s legs about how ‘popular’ we think we are.

To finish off this post, here’s a list of people we’ve either met or hear about regularly who are attached to the Internet scene here in London. We’ve used Twitter followers to help us measure their worth. Not sure old Marcus would agree with our methods but here you go anyway:

London’s 50 Most Networked Internet People by Twitter followers (As of 14th April 2009)


1. Jemima Kiss

10,568 followers

http://twitter.com/jemimakiss


2. Mike Butcher

8.888 followers

http://twitter.com/mikebutcher



3. Nick Donnelly

4,329 followers

http://www.twitter.com/nickdonnelly



4. Paul Walsh

4,094 follower

http://twitter.com/PaulWalsh



5. Paul Carr

3,551 followers

http://twitter.com/paulcarr



6. Amanda Rose

3,436 followers

http://twitter.com/amanda



7. Michelle Dewberry

3,360 followers

http://twitter.com/michelledewbs



8. Hermoine Way

2,431 followers

http://twitter.com/hermoineway



9. Sam Sethi

2,189 followers

http://www.twitter.com/ssethi



10. Nick Halstead

1,847 followers

http://twitter.com/nickhalstead



11. Michael Acton Smith

1,757 followers

http://twitter.com/acton



12. Richard Morross

1,246 followers

http://twitter.com/stewarttownsend



13. Mat Morrison

1,424 followers

http://www.twitter.com/mediaczar



14. Nathan McDonald

1,362 followers

http://twitter.com/nathanmcdonald



15. Joff Arnold

1,253 followers

http://twitter.com/toodlepip



16. Joshua March

1252 followers

http://twitter.com/joshuamarch



17. Stewart Townsend

1,246 followers

http://twitter.com/stewarttownsend



18. Basheera Khan

1,098 followers

http://twitter.com/bash



19. Andy McLoughlin

1,069 followers

http://twitter.com/robertloch



20. Benjamin Ellis

1,007 followers

http://twitter.com/BenjaminEllis



21. Sam Michel

1,004 followers

http://twitter.com/toodlepip



22. Ben Way

936 followers

http://twitter.com/benbpway



23. Sophie Cox

890 followers

http://twitter.com/sophiecox



24. David Terrar

883 followers

http://www.twitter.com/dt



25. Bindi Karia

803 followers

http://twitter.com/bindik



26. Alex Hoye

765 followers

http://www.twitter.com/alexhoye



27. Stephanie Robesky

756 followers

http://twitter.com/nerdgirl



28. Luke Razzell

736 followers

http://twitter.com/weaverluke



29. Bastian Lehmann

683 followers

http://www.twitter.com/basti



30. Elizabeth Varley

660 followers

http://twitter.com/evarley



31. Robert Loch

656 followers

http://twitter.com/robertloch



32. Sokratis Papafloratos

652 followers

http://twitter.com/sokratis



33. Nic Brisbourne

643 followers

http://twitter.com/pmross



34. Mario Cacciottolo

629 followers

http://twitter.com/mariosotm



35. Andrew Scott

626 followers

https://twitter.com/andrewjscott



36. Danvers Baillieu

610 followers

https://twitter.com/danversbaillieu



37. David Langer

602 followers

https://twitter.com/langer



38. James Cherkoff

600 followers

https://twitter.com/cherkoff



39. Nick Bell

593 followers

https://twitter.com/nickbelluk



40. Barry Vitou

557 followers

https://twitter.com/bazv



41. Steve Kennedy

499 followers

https://twitter.com/stevekennedyuk



42. Chris Osborne

422 followers

https://twitter.com/chrsoz



43. Emma Haslett

415 followers

http://www.twitter.com/emmahaslett



44. Fabio De Bernardi

399 followers

https://twitter.com/fabiodebe



45. Meriem Aissaoui

375 followers

http://twitter.com/mernas



46. Robin Klein

375 followers

http://twitter.com/robinklein



47. Dug Falby

349 followers

http://twitter.com/dug



48. Nikhil Shah

344 followers

http://www.twitter.com/nikhilshah



49. Stephanie Bouchet

328 followers

http://twitter.com/rougefrog



50. Paul Mackenzie Ross

325 followers

http://twitter.com/pmross

The master version of  this list appears on the Snagsta website. View it here to share it with your nearest and dearest.

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6 Responses to Measuring Worth?

  1. I’d expect to see you guys on the list! Cheers!

  2. Alex Moore says:

    Not popular enough yet I’m afraid Ivan!

  3. Came across this list, I missed myself @thenextwomen

  4. Alex Moore says:

    Hi Simone,

    Thanks for the comment. Just added you to our updated version of the list. We’ll publish it on Snagsta within the next few days.

    Alex

  5. Interesting read, I really enjoyed it. Thanks for posting, could be very useful in the future for me!

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