words and pictures by Brian Solis

BusinessWeek released its report on the 25 most influential people on the Web today as determined by the magazine’s staff.

Congratulations to our friends as well as those we have yet to meet in person for making this prestigious list. I’ve included pictures of those that I have on hand.

Here are your influencers, in no particular order:

The Seeker: Steve Ballmer, Microsoft

The Marshall: Mitchell Baker, Mozilla.org

The Innovator: Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com

The Searchers: Sergey Brin, larry Page, and Eric Schmidt, Google

The Investor: Jeff CLavier, softtechvc

The Papa Bear: Paul Graham, ycombinator

The Muckracker: Arianna Huffington, HuffingtonPost

The Adviser: Joi Ito

The Mastermind: Steve Jobs, Apple

The Filmer: Jonathan Kaplan, Flip

The Communicator: Loic Le Meur, Leweb, Seesmic

The Trader: Jack Ma, alibaba.com

The Publisher: Matt Mullenweg, WordPress.org

The Mogul: Rupert Murdoch, Myspace.com

The Community Organizer: Craig Newmark, craigslist

The Traffic Driver: Gabe Rivera, Techmeme

The Poster Boy: Kevin Rose, Digg

The Adult: Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook

The Edutainer: Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

The Money Man: Peter Thiel, Clarium Capital, The Founders Fund

The Crafter, Maria Thomas, etsy.com

The Advocate: Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia

The Crowd Sourcer: Jimmy Wales, Wikia, wikipedia

The Blogger: Evan Williams, Twitter

The Fighter: Jerry Yang, Yahoo

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About the Author:

Brian Solis

Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research-based advisory firm. Solis is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. A digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging media on business, marketing, publishing, and culture. His current book, Engage, is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to build and measure success in the social web.

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    no imageAnita Cohen-Williams (Who am I?)29 September 2008 4:05 pm

    They left out quite a few include Shel Israel, Chris Brogan, and Guy Kawasaki.

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    no imageRyan Graves (Who am I?)29 September 2008 4:06 pm

    I really think they missed one in Fred Wilson.

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    no imageBrian Hendrickson (Who am I?)29 September 2008 4:38 pm

    My vote is for the guy who invented silo-free, unwalled-garden social networking — Identi.ca inventor Evan Prodromou

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    no imageLeslie Bradshaw (Who am I?)29 September 2008 5:41 pm

    Brian — these pictures are phenomenal. They in and of themselves told the story. Thank you as always for sharing your eye and gift.

    :) L.

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    no imagekevin f (Who am I?)29 September 2008 6:48 pm

    Um….wow….really? This is the list? Corporate Schmos and business models trying to figure out how to make money……..it reminds me of why I dont read business weak…yes weak

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    no imageBernie Goldbach (Who am I?)29 September 2008 7:52 pm

    An interesting list that complements my “15 seconds of fame” primer.

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    no imageMichael E. Gruen (Who am I?)29 September 2008 8:27 pm

    Shockingly, I think this is a very fair list.

    Though, it’s a bit irksome how valley-centric this is. Perhaps we’ll see a bit more geographic diversity next year.

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    no imageJeff Clavier (Who am I?)29 September 2008 9:43 pm

    And thanks to you Brian for taking all these great pictures, BusinessWeek could have used some of these instead of our mugshots :).

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    no imageChad Capellman (Who am I?)30 September 2008 3:24 am

    Why .com in the image? Craigslist, for one, is a .org

    Oh and one more nomination:

    The Filter – Clay Shirky

    (I loved his “Filter failure” and “Cognitive surplus” talks at the Web 2.0 expos this year. (Disclosure, I work for O’Reilly Media, but have never met Clay in person)

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