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More SVW top ten people lists, this one in media (the PR list is coming next...)

Posted by Tom Foremski - January 19, 2006

I'm still in the mood for top ten people lists and since it is still January, I think I can get away with a couple more.

By the way, please note that nearly everyone I meet is a "top ten" person these lists are just a fraction of the top ten people that stood out for me in 2005. And they are not presented in any order of importance:-)

Here is SVW's Top Ten people in Media in 2005.

Dan Farber is vice-president of editorial at CNET and editor in chief of ZDNet. Dan is one of the consummate media professionals in our industry. He is always everywhere, and I am constantly surprised that he doesn't yet sport an Al Franken-style satellite upload dish on his head, but give him time and I'm sure he will because Dan is relentless in his reporting and blogging.

Om Malik, senior writer at Business 2.0 and founder of GigaOm.com, the universal sound of broadband. Of course, his Om-ness could not be left out, he is one of the original gang of A-list bloggers and continues to be year-after-year. He's a good buddy and is always very generous in his advice, of which there never seems to be a shortage.

Kevin Maney, senior tech reporter at USA Today and now also a blogger. Kevin started the year off with a bit of blast at bloggers. But ended the year as a blogger himself and is doing very well at it.

Tom Abate from the San Francisco Chronicle. Tom started his blog mini media guy last year and so now when we get together we get to speak the same language. Tom covered tech for a long time then switched to bio-tech at just the right time. And now I'm hearing he is heading back to do some tech coverage, around Silicon Valley innovation.

Jeremy Zawodny, Yahoo's chief blogger and a search engineer, is one of those natural journalists that you find in the blogosphere. Jeremy is what I like to call a "big link" because of his large audience, and he always keeps things interesting.

Robert Scoble, Microsoft's chief blogger and very probably the second most famous Microsoft employee. It took a long time for Microsoft to understand his value to the company. Robert spent a lot of last year using his own vacation time to speak at panels and conference events. Microsoft wouldn't give him a travel budget which often meant having to share a room with someone.

Doc Searls, Senior Editor at Linux Magazine, is one of the godfathers of the blogosphere. I have learned a tremendous amount each time I hear him speak, or get to speak with him. He is a marketer though, not a geek, and he has an intuitive understanding of marketing as shown by his co-authorship of the "The Clue train Manifesto."

Gabe Rivera is the creator of tech.memeorandum. Using servers and software, Gabe collects the top news items of the day. Gabe is a software engineer but more towards a media engineer--able to create what I call smart-machine media, in a similar way that Google News is created--but smarter :-)

Sam Whitmore from Media Survey makes a living reporting on the media industry. And he has given me some great advice in further expanding themes such as what happens if the old media dies sooner. And Sam was the first to get me on a podcast (next one is coming up January 24.)

Charlene Li, a senior analyst at Forrester, is one of the superstar analysts of Internet 2.0. Charlene is a media professional and knows how to use her blogging to great effect. Also, she doesn't seem to rest for one minute and she seems to be on nearly every conference panel at every related conference.

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