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In a staggeringly transparent piece of linkbait, Forbes has foisted the moniker ‘Internet Famous’ on 25 unsuspecting internerds. I fully intend to rib Om “Blogfather” Malik mercilessly about his inclusion at number 24, especially since he forwarded me the link. But in an indication of what […]

In a staggeringly transparent piece of linkbait, Forbes has foisted the moniker ‘Internet Famous’ on 25 unsuspecting internerds. I fully intend to rib Om “Blogfather” Malik mercilessly about his inclusion at number 24, especially since he forwarded me the link. But in an indication of what mediums are still king online, most of the names are bloggers — only five well known online video personalities made the list.

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  • 1. Jessica Lee Rose: AKA lonelygirl15, she proved that even online, no publicity is bad publicity as she moved on from the controversy surrounding the revelation her act was scripted.
  • 8. Amanda Congdon: After a nasty breakup with Rocketboom, Amanda’s back on her feet with her own site and a rebound fling with ABC News.
  • 11. Ze Frank: Ze has gotten an honest-to-goodness Hollywood agent in the hopes of moving from online to offline and dropping the ‘Internet’ qualifier, becoming just regular famous.
  • 21. Kevin Sites: Don’t let the Playgirl centerfold looks fool you, Kevin has a war correspondent’s dream job — he picks his assignments and Yahoo News picks up the tab.
  • 25. Violet Blue: There isn’t an online medium that Violet doesn’t rank in. Already a star blogger, she started a podcast which dominates iTunes and now holds the mic as an interviewer for Geek Entertainment TV.

What do you think — is there anyone who should have made the list and didn’t? Am I the only one who finds it hard to believe Jason Calacanis is more popular than anyone who’s ever topped the YouTube Most Discussed list?

  1. […] Last weekend we caught up on the adventures of Lonelygirl15, where the plot has thickened, to say the least. Crazy cult stuff, a murder, hooking up with Daniel, and lots of interactive mystery clues. The team is doing its best to keep the gag going, and still has the number 1 subscribed channel of all time on YouTube. Today, as Jackson noted, star Jessica Lee Rose topped Forbes’ gimmicky list of web celebs. […]

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  2. Linkbait or not, I thought it was a fun list. See also Nick Douglas’s list yesterday: the 7 best YouTubers http://valleywag.com/tech/youtube/the-seven-best-youtubers-and-no-lonelygirl-isnt-one-230874.php

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  3. Robert Scoble at #9
    http://www.forbes.com/2007/01/23/web-celeb-25-tech-mediacxde06webceleb0123topslides10.html?thisSpeed=30000

    and Michael Arrington at #10

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  4. And of course I have to remind you that Violet OWNS the SFGate once a week with her kick ass column. I know I’m preaching to the choir, but, damn, isn’t she great?

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  5. The MediaVidea blog has a more real list of people who are actually making a difference online:
    http://mediavidea.blogspot.com/2007/01/top-25-people-online-peoples-choice.html

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