NowPublic releases list of most visible web figures in Vancouver

Vancouver-based citizen journalism site NowPublic teamed up with the Vancouver Sun to create The MostPublic Index, a listing of the city’s top 20 most visible figures on the web.

According to the NowPublic site, “The MostPublic Index is a detailed barometer of whose voices are most
heard in the digital landscape as new channels—Twitter, Facebook,
Flickr, YouTube and the like—transform how media is created and spread.”

NowPublic CEO Leonard Brody said:

“The goal of NowPublic’s MostPublic Index is to measure—on a completely transparent, metric-driven basis—who
has the greatest digital reach and is most effectively broadcasting
their own personal brand online. Vancouver, the home of NowPublic, is the Canadian hub for
new media and by far one of the most innovative cities in North
America.  It is with great pleasure that we team up with the Vancouver
Sun to identify and recognize those, locally, who are most impacting
the global media landscape.”

Among those on the list were two journalism professors from the University of British Columbia, Alfred Hermida at number 13 and David Beers, who is also editor of The Tyee, at 19.

Mary Lynn Young, associate professor and director of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism said:

“I want to congratulate both Alfred and David for their
hard work and insightful commentary. As public intellectuals, their
voices are making a significant difference in their areas.”

Also on the list were CBC tech columnist Tod Maffin, musician and blogger Matthew Good, editor Paul Sullivan and Miss 604 blogger Rebecca Bollwitt.