Fast Company launched a contest to find the most influential people online. The prize for “these” influencers is that the winners get their photo in Fast Company in varying sizes according to who is more influential (aka has more votes). The more influence, the larger your photo. The only problem is that this has nothing to do with influence. It does however, have everything to do with duping friends, followers, and peers into a link bait scheme that boosts the “popularity” of the person sitting at the top of the pyramid. A guest post by Damien Basile in Brian Solis’ blog. For more articles about a related topic, see also The Naked Tweeter: Traditional v. Contemporary Channels of Influence and Find Niche Influencers in 5 Simple Steps
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