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The Internet of Things 2014 – Top 100 Thought Leaders

by | Apr 15, 2014 | Influencer Lists,

The digital universe continues to expand, doubling in size every two years according to a recent report from IDC and EMC. The Internet of Things (IoT) is seen as a key driver of this expansion, with data from the ever-expanding number of connected devices, or “things” – from washing machines and microwaves to cars and thermostats – expected to account for 10% of the 44 trillion gigabyte digital universe by the year 2020.

With the advent of the IoT comes a range of both benefits and concerns – improved connectivity and communication between humans and things also brings with it increased concerns over privacy, data security and regulation. With Cisco CEO John Chambers seeing IoT as a potentially $14 trillion opportunity, navigating and understanding these discussions will be crucial for organisations seeking to increase their presence within this field and capture a slice of the market.

Joining the Dots

We took in all Twitter conversations using the hashtags #IoT and #InternetOfThings and created a network of the top stakeholders discussing the subject. This is the network diagram of the top 50 (click for a larger image):

The Top 50 Thought Leaders

We then used PageRank analysis to identify the thought leaders at the forefront of these conversations, based on the connections and citations between the stakeholders. All stakeholders were given a value (expressed in the table below as a normalised PageRank score), which shows their relative influence within this network. Obviously, the search criteria in this case is relatively crude, and this list is by no means a definitive measure of influence, at least not necessarily in the context of your own brand’s aims – read more about our viewpoint on influence and influencer lists.

We’ve put together the entire top 100 into a download, complete with full network map showing the connections between them. Find out if you or your brand’s spokespeople have made the top 100!

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RankTwitter HandleNamePageRank (Normalised)
1@gigastaceyStacey Higginbotham100
2@iotwatchAlexandra Deschamps-Sonsino48.17
3@youngdchrisChris Young42.49
4@jstogdillJim Stogdill41.12
5@nstevenlucasSteve Lucas30.49
6@CKsaysChristina CK Kerley26.35
7@robvankRob van Kranenburg22.74
8@data_nerdCarla Gentry21.36
9@ReidCarlbergReid Carlberg20.17
10@danablouinDana Blouin18.24
11@Kevin_AshtonKevin Ashton15.82
12@GlenGilmoreGlen Gilmore14.35
13@MOhlhausenFTCMaureen Ohlhausen13.52
14@JAdPJosep di Paolantonio13.37
15@DusanwriterDoug Thompson12.72
16@ConnectedWMagPeggy Smedley12.37
17@chrismatthieuChris Matthieu11.79
18@ahawkinsonAlex Hawkinson11.44
20@mazlan_abbasDr. Mazlan Abbas11.15
21@billemmett000Bill Emmett10.96
22@dtboydDylan Boyd10.72
23@clurrClaire Rowland10.32
24@amcewenAdrian McEwen9.6
25@scottjensonScott Jenson9.41
26@vsengerVinicius Senger9.32
27@ciodashboardChris Curran9.21
28@robchandhokRob Chandhok9.11
29@kinlaneKin Lane8.86
30@fmorcilloFrancisco Morcillo8.01
31@kartbenBenjamin Cabé7.89
32@mikekuniavskyMike Kuniavsky7.86
33@geekscapeAndy Gelme7.8
34@rob_bamforthRob Bamforth7.76
35@genmonMatt Webb7.68
36@trisetyarsoAgung Trisetyarso7.63
37@bretonesLuc Bretones7.35
38@paulwallbankPaul Wallbank7.22
39@TimMooreTim Moore7.07
40@gleonhardGerd Leonhard6.95
41@rickbmerrittRick Merritt6.94
42@cbcurranChris Curran6.73
43@hansolo_Gerrit Grunwald6.58
44@aallanAlasdair Allan6.42
45@dcuartiellesDavid Cuartielles6.39
46@TauDirRoger Strukhoff6.37
47@sorayapaSoraya Paniagua6.35
48@ABI_IoTAapo Markkanen6.29
49@Paul_SonnierPaul Sonnier6.21
50@schmarzoBill Schmarzo6.13

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Stay tuned if you’d like to get an idea of the top brands involved in the debate on Twitter, and where they sit compared with one another – we’ll be publishing that later this week.

In the meantime, click here to browse our other influencer rankings, which include top influencers and brands within sectors such as Wearable Technology, ERP and Big Data. If you want to learn more about our influencer marketing software, click here.





Download this free report which reveals the top 100 thought leaders talking about the internet of things in 2014