FanBoy March 9, 2007 3:41 PM


You managed to beat Vinton Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee, and even Al Gore.

May your influence grow to influence government as well.

Prufrock March 9, 2007 3:49 PM

That’s good! I am happy to see a person who is not only an expert, but a nice guy, and most of all a sensible person – these days, we need such people.

RF March 9, 2007 4:15 PM

They list the chairman of the EFF at #12 and a U.S. senator at #29. I dream of the day when that’s true!

Speaking of influence and stuff, someone should hook up Bruce with Al Franken. Franken’s quite possibly going to be the next U.S. senator from Minnesota (where Bruce lives), he’s a smart guy (cum laude Harvard grad…and Saturday Night Live alumnus!), and, y’know, senators deal with security policy — Franken could use thoughtful advice.

contemporary witness March 9, 2007 7:07 PM

Hi Bruce!
I think that it can’t be an representative list! IMHO you must be higher than the 31th place, also i’m missing linus in the top 50, and i can not understand, that second live will influence so much people.

However, keep on going your own way. And another advice i give all my best friends: Do nothing, what I would’nt do … 😉

with kind regards
contemporary witness

roenigk March 10, 2007 8:05 AM


This must mean you earn 1/31st the amount of money Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, or Sergey Brin made last year, right? How do you find time to spend it all?

Stan March 10, 2007 12:19 PM

That list is really messed-up. Microsoft still has some influence yet Balmer didn’t make the cut while Internet bloggers did. Bittorrent is a joke, yet it rates #3. The most influential people aren’t even on that list, except for Bruce, who should be at the top.

nzruss March 10, 2007 5:37 PM

Congrats Bruce.

I hope it increases your readership, which might help wake up the many brainwashed out there.

Woo March 10, 2007 6:09 PM

congratulations for being listed there… although I’d have put you at least ten ranks higher. There’s a lot of people on the list I’ve never heard from, and people I doubt to have had a higher impact on the IT landscape than you..

another bruce March 11, 2007 12:02 AM

i’m the 21,689,017th most influential person on the web and i’m comin’ after ya!

mace March 11, 2007 12:38 AM

I don’t much care for such lists, but i must say i read your blog frequently and often tip your thoughts to mates. I wish i found a blog that kept as sharp an eye for things more local to me here in Finland, EU. Fabulous work Bruce!

supersnail March 12, 2007 7:40 AM

” That list is really messed-up. ”
RTFT (Read The ** Title).
Its about the 50 most influential people on the Web.
Providing an operating system to run Firefox on like Ballmer of Microsoft doesn’t exactly qualify as influential.

Apart from Tim Berners Lee are there any non USiAns on the list?

derf March 12, 2007 11:56 AM

I think that’s a wish list. Considering that depending on which way the wind is blowing, Microsoft runs 33-50% of the web servers and 80-90% of the desktops, Microsoft would make the list. If for nothing else, Microsoft continually influences the web by getting people’s PCs infected with malware just through browsing.

Stuart Young March 12, 2007 6:34 PM

Now, if only the people in power listened a bit more to what you say, we’d be a much more enlightened society.

Oh, and your picture needs a cowboy hat! 🙂

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