[See author’s note below for update]
The Sunday Times is well known for its annual Rich List. So, what better way to inject a little 21st century than by inventing The Social List, an automated league table that lists the most social-web-connected people in the world?
Anyone can sign up to join. The Social List takes feeds from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Foursquare, and you can add as many or few services as you wish.
But, what’s the point of this? Well, truthfully, not a lot. As services like Klout and PeerIndex have proved, it’s near-impossible to accurately measure true online influence. Comparing one person’s online status to another’s quickly becomes more art than science, and so the concept of a structured league table is fairly silly. But, there’s no doubt that this is a clever initiative from The Sunday Times; if there’s one thing social media luvvies enjoy doing, it’s showing off how socially-connected and active they are.
You can take a look at the list and sign up yourself at
Author’s amendment (October 2014): this site is no longer managed by the Sunday Times and has been transferred into new ownership]