21st Century Digerati

Oct 15
21st Century Digerati

I was thinking earlier today about the previously published ‘digerati’ list (circa 1996) and how they’ve shaped IT/Internet/Computing in the last however many years.

Then I wondered whether it would be interesting to ‘update’ this list based on events of the last decade and nominate some others into the stratos of ‘digerati’ status?

For those who don’t know – The Digerati, or Digiterati are considered the elite of the computer industry and online communities. They are the people that have shaped the way that we work and live online today.

Previous Digeratis include people such as Linus TorvaldsTim O’ReillySteve Jobs and Bill Gates. All of which are justified in their position at the top – however, would else could we include in that updated list?

Mark Zuckerberg
His Facebook phenomenon, created in Feb 2004 has probably become one of the greatest and most popular social community sites on the Internet. It has brought distant families closer together, allowed childhood friends to get back in touch and has built a cult following since inception.

Sergey Brin & Larry Page
One word : Google. Internet searching and Search Engine indexing has become synonymous with this Californian company. With over 19,000 staff and assets of just over US$25 Billion, it was even been added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2006 with the meaning “to use the Google search engine to obtain information on the Internet”

Jonathan Paul Ive
Jonathan is a British designer and senior vice president of industrial design at Apple Computers. Best known as the principle designer on the iMac, Aluminium Powerbook G4, iPod and iPhone. In 2006, Ive was awarded a CBE by the queen for ‘services to the design industry’

Tom Anderson & Chris DeWolfe
As co-creators of MySpace.com and with over 240 Million subscribers, Myspace (as with Facebook) have revolutionised ‘community based services’.

Robert Scoble
An author and professional blogger, Robert built up a significant following while he worked at Microsoft as a technical evangelist. Robert can now be found mainly on his blog Scobleizer

David Heinemeier Hansson
David is the creator of the latest web development platform Ruby on Rails. He is also a partner at web development firm 37Signals. In 2005, he was recognised by Google and O’Reilly with ‘hacker of the year’ award for Ruby on Rails.

Wayne Hatchett
London based Wayne, concieved the idea of ‘Friends Reunited’ in 1999. His curiosity about the current status of old school friends inspired him to develop the website, which weather the dotcom crash of 2000/2001and sold in December 2005 to ITV Plc for £120 Million (US$208 Million).

John Resig
John is an evangelist for the Mozilla Corporation and the creator and lead developer of the Javascript-Based library jQuery.

Jack Dorsey
Jack is acknowledged as the man behind the Concept of Twitter, a mass instant messaging (or micro-blogging) utility which has rapidly gained popularity since it’s inception in 2006. It now boasts over 2.2 million accounts

Niklas Zennstrom & Janus Friis
Niklas and Janus are co-founders of the Luxembourg-based company Skype Limited which allows users to make Voice over IP (VoIP) calls to one another over the Internet. In October 2005, Ebay purchased Skype for US$2.6 billion.

So there we have it – thats my starter for 10. I look forward to reading any comments/suggestions of additional ‘digerati’ nominations.

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3 Responses to “21st Century Digerati”

  1. Laura Hodd says:


    WOW! I am not a geek…by any means.. But i recognised nearly all the names in the list – which leads me to believe they really are the good and great of the interweb…

    Great starter for 10.


  2. Benjamin Dyer says:

    I think you need to add, Jason Calacanis and Chris Brogan to that list. Jason is becoming the Internets Godfather to start ups galore and Chris is THE source of information about Social networking and its impact on business and life.

  3. Carl Crawley says:

    Absolutely – I thought about Jason Calacanis after I posted it actually…

    Will add both of them….

    Any others anyone?

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