Once a year, a fellow named Haydn Shaughnessy shows up on the social media scene and creates a list of the “50 Top Social Media Influencers,” which is published via the online version of Forbes.

here is a LIST

Charlene Li — Founder of the influential Altimeter Group and author of the seminal book Groundswell

Avinash Kaushik — Google’s chief digital evangelist and one of the most influential bloggers on analytics.

Brian Solis — Arguably the most prolific and successful social media author in the field.

Mike Stelzner — Creator of the Social Media Examiner properties — perhaps the most successful and influential social media blog, podcast and conference in the world.

Lee Odden — Leading thinker and speaker about integration of social and SEO. Author of the wonderful book Optimize.

Amber Naslund — One of social media’s most influential and respected bloggers and thought leader. Co-author of The NOW Revolution

David Armano — An integrated marketing thought leader, contributor to Harvard Business Review, managing director, Edelman Digital.

Clay Shirky — NYU professor and for my money, the most visionary thinker in the business. Author of Here Comes Everybody and one of my favorite big think books, Cognitive Surplus

Tom Webster — His Brand Savant blog packs a wallop every time, Pithy, clever, wise.

Danny Brown — Intellectual provocateur; the blogger’s blogger

Mark Ragan — CEO of Ragan Communications. Publisher of @PRDaily, PR Daily EU, Ragan.com, and about a million other useful publications

Joe Pulizzi — Single-handedly defined the field of content marketing through his Content Marketing Institute and wildly successful conferences and books.

Michael Chui — McKinsey Global Institute principal and expert in using social tools to enhance enterprise communications, knowledge sharing, and collaboration.

Gini Dietrich — Fearless Spin Sucks blogger who writes about the intersection of PR, digital, and social

Seth Godin — World-renowned best-selling author. Perhaps you’ve heard of him.

C. C. Chapman — Incredibly insightful thinker, Co-author of the important book Content Rules

Julien Smith — An observer of the social space who is painfully smart and co-author of Trust Agents

John Jantsch — The man who represents the intersection of social, small business and common sense. Best-selling author of The Commitment Engine

Marcus Sheridan — Passionate evangelist of social media and content marketing for business. Just got a new book deal.

Jeff Dachis — A business leader and entrepreneur pushing for data-driven social marketing through the influential Dachis Group

Shelly Kramer — Gutsy entrepreneur-ess and blogger who tells it like it is.

Geoff Livingston — Social media, social good, deep thinker, superb blogger.

Jason Falls — Pioneering social media blogger and straight-talking speaker

Don Tapscott — Wise observer of our world on digital. Futurist and author of  Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World

Jay Baer — Perhaps the foremost social media entrepreneur on the scene. His new book is about to be released — Youtility: Why Smart Marketing Is about Help Not Hype

Mitch Joel — An important, prolific blogger/author/podcaster and a digital marketing visionary. His new book Ctrl Alt Delete is stunning.

I have no idea how many Twitter followers these people have. But they have allaccomplished something.

I normally don’t make lists like this because I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings — there are dozens of other people who I could certainly shine a light on.  And I haven’t even included the many innovators toiling at major companies and brands who are too busy to worry about the size of their Twitter audience.

And if you ARE on the Forbes list?  Have some fun with it. Let your mom know about it. Put a badge on your website.  Just don’t take it too darn seriously, OK?

Source: http://www.businessesgrow.com/2013/04/23/25-social-media-influencers-forbes-ignored-and-why/

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