Who are the most influential people online right now? That's what The Influence Project was designed to answer. More than 32,000 people joined us to find out, and get their photo in the magazine this November. Our exploration of influence was at turns controversial, hilarious, inspirational, and fascinating. And although the project is now closed for submissions, we are continuing to chronicle the spread of influence in digital media and beyond—follow this page to read our daily updates.
The New Influentials
From YouTube celebrities to chief social-media officers, these unexpected players exert outsize impact and power online — offering new channels of communication that businesses can't afford to ignore.
Measuring Influence One Click at a Time
From No. 1 finisher Jeremy Schoemaker to Shaquille O'Neal (no. 1,709) and beyond, here are the 29,795 photographs we received from participants in our social-media experiment. Go to fastcompany.com/influence for details about the top finishers and to search for specific participants.
The Influencer Blog
The latest news about influencers, social media and how the two forces are changing everything from business to pop culture.
A version of this article appeared in the November 2010 issue of Fast Company