10 of TIME’s Most Influential People on the Internet
President Donald Trump:
President Trump undoubtedly reaches far and wide via the web–and more specifically, through Twitter. The President has used the platform to criticize his opponents, announce new policy decisions and even undermine his own administration. Currently, POTUS’ personal Twitter handle, @realDonaldTrump, has more than 53 million followers.
The reality star topped Beyonce’s record-breaking pregnancy Instagram post when she revealed the name of her newborn, Stormi, making it the most liked image ever posted to the platform. A few weeks later, she tweeted about her lack of interest in Snapchat, which caused the company to lose more than $1.3 billion in value. Jenner is also estimated to be the highest-paid celeb on Instagram, making $1 million with every sponsored post.
Students of Parkland, Fla.: After a gunman opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. in February, the students who survived the ordeal began to mobilize the nation toward a conversation on gun control. By largely using their influence on Twitter, the students were able to rally hundreds of thousands of people to march for new gun control laws. The students are currently on a summer bus tour to help register voters.
Personal trainer Kayla Itsines has utilized Instagram to boast her “Bikini Body Guide” brand and build her “fitfluencer” empire. Itsines’ Instagram account has more than 10 million followers, and her app, Sweat, has been downloaded more than 30 million times. Fans view her social media posts as inspirational, helping women conquer their workout fears and offering advice to help achieve their health and fitness goals.
Tyler Blevins, a.k.a. Ninja, plays a revered figure in the video game “Fortnite.” His livestreams, which are filled with goofy commentary, have generated more than 230 million views on Twitch.tv. Blevins has garnered sponsorship deals with Red Bull and the PSD underwear brand, and will host an overnight “Fortnite” tournament in July at the Willis Tower in Chicago.
Rogowsky snagged a hosting gig for HQ Trivia, a live game app that awards winners with cash, and subsequently turned into an internet phenomenon. The game show host reaches millions of players twice a day, and has amassed fans who claim, “everyone needs 15 minutes of scott in their lives.”
As just one example of internet influence, Rihanna posted an Instagram story in March 2018 denouncing Snapchat for an ad making light of domestic violence. Snapchat Inc. lost $800 million in value shortly after.
Rapper Kanye West returned to Twitter in April after nearly a year-long hiatus. Once calling his tweets a form of “contemporary art,” West’s most recent tweets have landed him in hot water with fans, calling President Trump his “brother,” and defending his comments about slavery being a “choice.”
The Korean pop act has gained global momentum with their 2018 album, “Love Yourself: Tear,” earning the title as the highest-charting K-pop album ever. The band’s fans have dubbed themselves the “ARMY,” and consume any content related to the band.
Logan, along with his brother, Paul, are two of YouTube’s biggest stars. Although they’ve faced their share of controversial posts in 2018, the brothers combined have 33 million subscribers on YouTube, 27 million followers on Instagram and 21 million fans on Facebook.