I’m on The Mindtouch Top 400 List

Mindtouch has included my two Twitter personas, @raygallon (number 118) and @gallon4stc  (number 259) on its annual list of top influencers in technical communication and content strategy.

I am really delighted to be included, but share some questions about the methodology with David Farbey. Rather than repeat all his arguments, I’ll direct you to his blog post on the subject. 

In my case, @gallon4stc is a persona that was created exclusively to run my campaign for office in STC, and keep that separated from my main tweet stream. It has relatively few followers and a small number of tweets. If the algorithm is purely quantitative, I don’t know how I made it to the list. If there are qualitative criteria (one might be, for example, the influence of a persona’s followers), I’d like to know more about how they were constructed.

So thanks, Mindtouch, for the honour, and please help us understand better how we got there!

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About Ray

Ray Gallon is president and co-founder of The Transformation Society (www.transformationsociety.net), a research and consulting company focusing on helping organisations in business, government, and society to live and work with complexity and the digital transformation. He has over 40 years as a communicator, first as an award-winning radio producer and journalist, then in the technical content industries. His management experience includes a stint as program manager of WNYC-FM, New York City’s public radio station. Ray is a self-described "humanist nerd," and has always been interested in the meeting point between technology and culture, and has used his broad experience to advantage with companies such as IBM, General Electric Health Care, Alcatel, 3M, and the OECD, as well as in smaller companies and startup enterprises. Ray recently helped co-found the Information 4.0 Consortium (www.information4zero.org) and serves as its current president. Ray is a university lecturer and a keynote speaker at events throughout the world. He has contributed articles and chapters to many books and periodicals and is the editor of the recently published “Language of Technical Communication” (XML Press).
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2 Responses to I’m on The Mindtouch Top 400 List

  1. Sure thing. I posted a summary as a comment on David’s blog post.

  2. Ray says:

    Thanks, Aaron, I see that my guess about qualitative factors was pretty much on target, and I find your analysis interesting. I’ll be interested to see how the index evolves.

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