UK women barely visible in Web 2.0?
Jess McCabe // 25 November 2008
A list of the 20 “most visibile” people in the UK’s digital landscape contains only one woman, at number 11.
NowPublic compiled the list based on what they say is a “metric-driven” formula, looking at “whose voices are most heard in the digital landscape as new channels—Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and the like”.
As far as I can tell, Suw Charman-Anderson is the only woman on the list.
On the one hand, I think the idea of this list is… weird, to say the least. The point of ‘social media’ is surely to encourage mass usage of tools like blogging. The idea of Web 2.0 celebrities, or chasing after a list of leaders speaks to a failure to embrace the distributed nature of the internet.
But on the other hand it’s disturbing that, if there are going to be these influential voices, that they are so very lacking in diversity.