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Updated by Hugh Briss on Jun 19, 2014
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Social Thought Leaders

This is a list of people I consider to be at the top of their social game. They constantly innovate and are the first to try new things and push the envelope, often, changing the way we do things. The individual's names are linked to their Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ accounts. Additional links included in the bios.

Hugh Briss

Well of course I'd add myself to my own list. Visit to find out what we can do for your social network. We design graphics for most social networks including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and more. Check out my interactive online business card for other places you can find me.

Mari Smith

The Queen of Facebook, author of the best-selling book "The New Relationship Marketing", and shares lots of information in her webinars.

Chris Brogan

Chris Brogan is CEO & President of Human Business Works, a business design company using publishing and media to provide tools and smarts to help professionals work better, do the work they want, and to be brave. He is the co-author of "The Impact Equation", and a sought-after professional keynote speaker.

Amy Porterfield

Co-author of "Facebook Marketing All-In-One for Dummies" and a Social Media Strategist. Amy creates educational programs for small businesses and entrepreneurs to help them get more traffic, leads and sales with social media marketing.

Brian Solis

A digital analyst and visionary, Brian Solis has influenced the effects of new media on the convergence of marketing, communications, and traditional media.

Seth Godin

Seth Godin has written fourteen books that have been translated into more than thirty languages. Every one has been a bestseller. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything.

Michael A. Stelzner

Founded Social Media Examiner, and author of "Launch: How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition" and the man behind the Social Media Success Summit.

Jason Falls

Author of "No Bullshit Social Media" and creator of Social Media Examiner.

Nick Kellet

As co-founder of, Nick is actively shaping how people think, feel and experience curation. He believes curation should be as much about listening and engaging as it is about publishing and the tools themselves.

Jeremiah Owyang

Delivers insight on disruptive technologies and their impact on how large companies communicate with their customers. Currently Partner (owner, executive, and analyst) of Customer Strategy at Altimeter Group, a research based advisory firm.

Charlene Li

Charlene Li is founder of Altimeter Group and the author of the New York Times bestseller, "Open Leadership". She is also the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book "Groundswell", which was named one of the best business books in 2008. She is one of the foremost experts on social media and technologies and a consultant and independent thought leader on leadership, strategy, social technologies, interactive media and marketing.

Olivier Blanchard

Olivier helps companies develop, build, integrate, manage and measure social media programs, manage their reputation online and offline, and develop sustainable brands in an increasingly complex media landscape. Author of “Social Media ROI".

Scott Stratten

Scott Stratten is the President of Un-Marketing. He is an expert in viral, social, and authentic marketing which he calls Un-Marketing. It’s all about positioning yourself as a trusted expert in front of your target market, so when they have the need, they choose you. Author of "UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging”.