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TIME’s 30 Most Influential People On The Internet

TIME, the world’s largest circulating weekly news magazine, is back with their second annual roundup of the Internet’s most influential people. The contenders were sized up based on their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news.

Here’s the top 10 list of winners, grinners and bonafide Internet influencers. Other familiar faces that made the full list include Cristiano Ronaldo, Caitlyn Jenner, Kayla Itsines, Kim Kardashian West and Drake.

#1 Kanye West



Mr. Controversial, Kanye West, takes out TIME’s number one spot for the most influential person on the Internet for a couple of reasons. West’s candid Twitter sprees entailing everything from a $53 million debt revelation to constructive criticism of the fashion and music industries, combined with the promo of his latest LP ‘The Life of Pablo’, treating it like a work in progress by refusing to sell it keeps the rapper-turned-designer a strong influence on us, whether we like it or not.

#2 Joy Cho


You mightn’t have heard of Joy Cho, but the graphic designer takes out TIME’s 2nd spot for the Internet’s most influential people with 12.8 million followers on Pinterest, and lucrative deals with brands like Toyota and Target.

#3 James Corden


Master of carpool karaoke, James Corden has made a name for himself belting out tunes with everyone from Adele to Jason Derulo. So far, more than 85 million have watched his karaoke session with Adele and the 37-year-old British comedian continues to kick goals in the world of YouTube.

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#4 Laci Green


Offering a more approachable version of sex education, YouTube sensation Laci Green has amassed 122 million views on her videos offering sisterly advice on hookup culture, body positivity, BDSM and more. She’s now a go-to host of MTV’s digital series ‘Braless’ and an ambassador for Trojan’s “Consent. Ask For It” campaign.


#5 Josh Holz & Daniel Lara


Once again viral videos trump in terms of Internet influence. The boys behind “Damn, Daniel!” take out TIME’s 5th spot in the Internet’s most influential people. The high school duo have appeared on the Ellen show and in Weezer’s music video for ‘California Kids’.

#6 DJ Khaled


Music producer and unlikely motivational speaker DJ Khaled has become one of Snapchat’s biggest stars and is referred to as a “meme in human form” with more than 20 million followers on the social media platform. Khaled’s “major keys to success”, or ‘motivational humblebrags’ are often marked by the key emoji and have been entertaining and inspiring a huge fanbase of users over the past 5 months.

#7 Johnetta Elzie & DeRay McKesson


Elzie & McKesson come in at 7th on TIME’s list of the Internet’s most influential people for helping to meaningfully shape the #BlackLivesMatter movement through the Internet. The pair have founded and now command an audience of more than 400,000 people on Twitter. McKesson (pictured above) is even running for mayor of Baltimore.

#8 J.K. Rowling


It’s no surprise that the author of Harry Potter is one of the Internet’s most influential people. As well as using Twitter and her website Pottermore to expand the Harry Potter universe for die hard fans, Rowling has also made headlines for fighting with a member of Scottish Parliament, comparing Donald Trump to Voldemort and offering support to fans with depression.

#9 Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg (a.k.a PewDiePie)


If you’ve got 42.7 million subscribers on YouTube (which is more reach than most TV networks) there’s no question that you’re a bonafide Internet influencer. 26-year-old gamer ‘PewDiePie’ has recently struck a deal with Disney’s Maker Studios to produce original content for RevelMode, a new virtual network.


#10 Donald Trump


It’s hardly a name we want to see on this list, but for better or worse, Donald Trump is redefining how political candidates use social media. Trump’s often insulting tweets have only bolstered his virtual presence, as he now boasts almost 7 million followers, which is more than any other presidential candidate.


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