In an effort to chart the power nodes in the social graph of various technology industry disciplines, MindTouch has a history of  researching and producing a list of influencers. This began as an internal project to understand sectors important to MindTouch and since 2009 MindTouch has published these reports to the advantage of the community at large.  Last week we shared our internal annual report of Techcomm influencers that we produced using LittleBird. This year, MindTouch also analyzed Knowledge Management influencers. As has been the case in the past, MindTouch is again making this list available to the community with the hope that this will strengthen the community, create new relationship and hopefully spark some discussion.

If you have customers, knowledge management is a huge deal companies can not ignore. As the complexity and cost of KM tools becomes more accessible the usage of these tools are spreading to small and medium enterprises that previously couldnt afford the cost or complexity. Moreover, these technologies are getting dramatically better as the become more collaborative. As we’ve mentioned before, all content streams eventually lead back to your company’s doorstep so harness that knowledge and manage it well.

Knowledge management is part art, part science, and maybe even a little voodoo. Here’s the first 25 influencers in our list of folks who really know what KM is all about: Here’s the entire list of 100 names to know in #KM. Now, before you get riled up because you know that Kate Leggett and Esteban Kolsky are hugely influential and they (or someone similar) are not in the top 100, consider this:weknowmore

  1. David Gurteen
  2. Dave Snowden
  3. Stan Garfield
  4. Nancy White
  5. VMaryAbraham
  6. Jack Vinson
  7. Euan Semple
  8. Alice MacGillivray
  9. knowledgetank
  10. Ian Thorpe
  11. Richard Hare
  12. Peter West
  13. Gauri Salokhe
  14. Chris Collison
  15. #KMers Chat
  16. Stuart French
  17. KM Australia
  18. John Tropea
  19. KMWorld Magazine
  20. Christian DE NEEF
  21. Mario Soavi
  22. ewenlb
  23. KM Asia
  24. Steve Dale

Aaron Fulkerson writes

GetLittleBird does an amazing job of assessing influencers based on a variety of factors native to Twitter (today just Twitter). One principal indicator of influence is the number of influencers that follow a given person on a specific network. In this case, that network is Twitter. If one is not active on the network being measured will they rank highly? No. Does this mean they are less influential? Yes, on that network.

We know there are several profoundly influential people not represented here. However, it should be clear that this list constitutes a core group of influencers in the KM space on Twitter.

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Check back to find out who made the list of top 100 influencers in customer support and customer experience or follow us on Twitter to find out right away when we post the next list.

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