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L.A.'s Top 20 Power Players (beta)

August 19, 2008 |  4:20 pm

No Eli Broad or Richard Riordan or David Geffen on this list of L.A.'s heavy hitters. The Times' Tech Blog reports on a L.A. Top 20 list designed for the Internet age (and with gossip blogger Perez Hilton at #2):

As your mom probably told you, life isn't a popularity contest. Then again, she probably doesn't use Facebook. And she probably hasn't heard of NowPublic.

The citizen media site just released a list of what it calls "the 20 most influential individuals in Los Angeles." But really the list focuses on new-media impact. NowPublic came up with it by counting people's Facebook friends, Twitter followers, videos on YouTube and search results they garner on Google, among other things (journalists for traditional media organizations weren't counted).

The list churns up some surprising and strange results. Internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis is No. 1. Perez Hilton (a.k.a. Mario Lavandeira) is No. 2. Former Star Trek actor Wil Wheaton is No. 3. Micki Krimmel, an online video video producer and founder of a little company called Sugar Packet, is No. 4.

More at our Tech Blog.