Time magazine compiled its annual list of “The 30 Most Influential People on the Internet,” and some of the names may surprise you (or throw you into a deep depression).
full list contains many self-made social media stars, a number of traditional celebrities made the list. However, what may be more shocking is who didn’t make the list (we imagine Kylie Jenner’s throwing a fit).
We’ve included some of the more recognizable names here for your scoffing pleasure.
One thing’s for certain, as infuriating as he might be, Kanye West has dominated Twitter during the first few months of 2016 with his insane rants and declarations of genius. We shudder to think he’s actually “influential,” but he’s definitely been commanding attention.
No surprise here. With nearly 64 million followers on Instagram, Kim makes headlines with a single post. Her nude selfie earlier this month sparked an internet-wide debate over naked photos and slut-shaming.
Donald Trump uses Twitter to campaign for the presidency by flinging immature insults at his political opponents – or anyone who isn’t totally Team Donald. Some have called him the Kanye West of politics.
With “Hotline Bling” topping the charts last year, Drake’s music video for the song inspired numerous parodies, memes and gifs that circulated around the interwebs. His public feud with Meek Mill also kept many eyes on his social media feeds.
Caitlyn Jenner had all eyes on her when she publicly transitioned from male to female last year. When she joined Twitter, she racked up more than one million followers in less than four hours, beating President Obama’s record.
Joshua Holz and Daniel Lara
Damn, Daniel! Many folks just don’t understand how these high schoolers got famous on Snapchat for posting run-of-the-mill videos of a regular teen accompanied by the exclamation “Damn, Daniel.” Nevertheless, they are now an internet sensation and were featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. (Even Ellen herself didn’t make the list, so that’s saying something.)
Not one to rest on the success of her books alone, the Harry Potter author also uses social media to engage fans and tweet character and story secrets never before revealed. She’s also not shy with her opinions and won even more fans when she compared Donald Trump to Voldemort.
Time calls the soccer star the most popular athlete on social media and the “undisputed king of Facebook.” He is the third celebrity to reach a combined total of 200 million followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’re pretty sure being easy on the eyes and posting shirtless pics like the one above only helps his cause.
The former Instagram model made headlines last year when she had a breakdown and announced that social media is totally fake. She re-posted her photos, revealing the dark truth behind the pics and admitted that many of the “candid” shots were sponsored or contrived through hours of work.
As host of the Late Late Show, James Corden has made numerous viral videos with celebrity guests, most notably his “Carpool Karaoke” series that has featured Adele, Stevie Wonder and Justin Bieber among others. Definitely worth a watch.
Tess Holliday is redefining traditional standards of beauty with the hashtag #EffYourBeautyStandards and encouraging women of all sizes to love their bodies. She covered People last year and is the first size 22 model to sign with a major agency.
Music producer DJ Khaled is a veritable Snapchat star with more than 20 million followers. Time says fans admire “his relentlessly positive attitude and numerous catchphrases—like ‘major keys to success,’ or motivational humblebrags that are often marked with the key emoji.”