Charlotte is home to nearly 7 percent of the most influential people on the Internet, according to Time magazine.
The online post, dated March 5, includes Nash Grier, the top-followed Vine user whose 6-second videos have developed a following of 11 million people and 2 billion views (he’s fourth on the list; President Barack Obama is fifth); and Vani Hari, the blogger who calls herself the Food Babe, who Time says “bills herself as an investigator, posting exposés under headlines like ‘General Mills or Generally Toxic?’” She reports 54 million visits to her blog last year and is listed 12th. Hari is just ahead of Beyoncé and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The list, in order of appearance:
1. Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg (a.k.a. PewDiePie), a Swedish videogamer who posts YouTubes of himself playing video games.
2. Taylor Swift, crossover country-pop singer and songwriter, noted for personal responses to fans on and through social media.
3. “The Jester,” characterized by Time as “one of a growing army of anonymous cyberwarriors, or ‘hacktivists’”: He claims to have taken down more than 180 websites, including some associated with ISIS, and pranked groups such as the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.
6. Kim Kardashian, reality TV star and partner of Kanye West.
7. Joy Cho, a lifestyle blogger known on Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and yes, Time says, “even old-fashioned books.”
8. Janet Mock, a transgender woman who uses social media to educate about trans issues, Time says, notably criticizing Piers Morgan for sensationalized coverage.
9. Justin Bieber, singer with a sizable social media presence, including a recent apology for behavior on Facebook that went viral, and seed investor in a new social media app described as a “selfies-only Instagram alternative.”
10. Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer and poster about race, politics and culture, with a regular readership noted for its comments.
11. Grace Helbig, a YouTube personality.
12. Hari; more Observer stories here and here. Hari said Monday, “This honor is not just for me. It’s for all of us. Our food movement is getting recognized.” In answer to a commenter on her blog who said the post “doesn’t exactly read as very complimentary to you … Not sure why you don’t see this,” she replied: “I see through the politics of the discussion of our work.”
13. Beyoncé, pop star who released her 2013 album and her latest single online and is active on Instagram.
14. Paltrow, actress and founder of lifestyle website/newsletter Goop.
15. Tyler Oakley, YouTube star who’s interviewed Michelle Obama and spoken on issues facing gay youth.
16. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, president of Argentina, active on Twitter.
17. Matt Drudge, who Time calls “arguably the Internet’s most famous citizen journalist,” who broke the news about then-President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky.
18. Yao Chen, Chinese actress who has some 77 million followers on micro-blogging site Weibo.
19. Bethany Mota, fashion and beauty blogger.
20. Alexei Navalny, Russian blogger who has posted about corruption in President Vladimir Putin’s regime.
See the Time story for the final 10 (you can vote on which you find most influential there, too).