"In the networked web era, influentials may not be people with a
particularly connected temperament or Rolodex, or people who control
and influence monopoly distribution channels (e.g. newspapers), but
rather people who influence the network by leveraging the most powerful
force on the web — the link. People like bloggers,
top Diggers, del.icio.us power users, Facebook users who share lots of
links, MySpace users who embed videos, Twitter users who post lots of
URLs, or any social network user with links to lots of friends."
He then goes on to say:
"Journalists and PR professionals, the influence brokers of traditional
media, have lost a huge degree of influence on the web in large part
because they don’t link to anything. While traditional media brands are
still powerful channels on the web, they are losing influence everyday
to the link-driven web network — journalists and PR professionals can
no longer depend on controlling these former monopoly channels to exert
A lot has been written about "Influencers" and how important they may be in spreading information and endorsements, and ultimately, driving sales. At a time when so much of our time is spent online, I think that Scott's analysis is the best so far.
Of all the colorful characters to emerge out of the initial dot-com explosion in the early '90's, Josh Harris was my all-time favorite.
Like many who were involved in the early days of "Web 1.0", I have fond memories of hanging out at the Pseudo loft on Broadway and Houston abusing both my mind and my body far too much for my own good, listening to some of the worlds greatest DJ's play live until the wee hours of the morning.
In their most recent issue, Radar Magazine catches up with Josh as he puts together his latest venture, Operator 11.
For a trip down memory lane check out the the clip below for "We Live In Public", a documentary-in-progress.