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Few ‘best of’ lists are emboldened to go to the depths required of a Top 100, searching high and low for a well-rounded compilation of individuals who make the largest impressions. We took the bait and compiled our first ever Top 100 Social Influencers List. Polling various stakeholders in a range of verticals, the decidedly un-scientific result is this unique compilation of key social web players ranging from industry execs and startup entrepreneurs to celebrities and self-branding masterminds.

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Moonfruit

Looking for a one-stop-shop for your web, mobile and Facebook needs? Moonfruit draws from its extensive experience as the UK’s number one DIY site builder to add its latest addition, ShopBuilder, that seamlessly and instantly integrates cross-channel commerce in partnership with PayPal.

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Intent on democratizing data, DataSift crossed the Atlantic November 16 to much anticipated applause for its US launch. The platform offers real-time social media data filtering in a disruptive and digestible way thanks to its unique relationship with Twitter. DataSift, sprung from Nick Halstead’s genius (the same guy responsible for TweetMeme) was in fact founded four years ago in the UK and has been busy perfecting and growing its social data arsenal so that the rest of us don’t have to.  

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Social Annex

Social Annex is in the business of socializing traditional eCommerce sites by integrating social elements into existing retail websites. Social Annex’s Head of Client Success, Al Lalani, says his suite of social tools goes beyond extending clients’ visibility and actually helps them monetize social media. Social Annex’s analytics measure quantitative- not just qualitative- success and put the platform at the forefront of a new era in eCommerce.

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linkedin

With over 100+ million users, LinkedIn is the network of choice for professionals from all verticals to connect and discover opportunities. But if you’ve been using it as a dumping ground for your CV and not as the powerful network it is, you’ve been missing out. What can LinkedIn do for you? We’re taking a closer look at 15 simple ways to enhance your LinkedIn experience and make better use of your network. Whether you are a contractor, executive or new college grad, you will expand your network and opportunities by integrating these effective tips.

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Social Strand Media

Social media consultant Tracy Sestili knows how overwhelming social strategy can be for organizations large and small. A regular keynote speaker and writer, Sestili ‘s easy to implement and practical advice allows brands to leverage the power of social networks quickly and efficiently. Her social consulting firm Social Strand Media provides a full range of services that include social media goal-setting and strategy, setup, campaign management, analysis and more.

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Twylah Co-founder Kelly Kim

Last week, Twylah co-Founder Eric Kim filled our readers in on the many ways his tool helps brands take Twitter to the next level by aggregating tweets on customized brand pages. Presiding over his company’s own tweeting is the other half of the Twylah equation, co-Founder Kelly Kim.

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"Twylah Founder Eric Kim"

Chances are you’ve long given up on testing new Twitter apps and tools even if you count yourself as an early-adopter or brand manager. That’s because there are hordes of new ones cropping up and most serve very specific, if not niche, needs. As today’s interview will suggest, however, you should probably reconsider your resistance for at least one of those apps. Twylah identifies Twitter’s major flaws, cleans them up through effective features and capabilities and allows for users to take effective control over their Tweets and their brand.

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Google+

‘Why do I need Google+ when I already have enough social networks to manage?’ writes one confounded blogger. You may sympathize with this sentiment and even feel like a G+ reject, unable to snag an invite to the latest social network. Google+ is currently the platform of choice for the early-adopter types- digerati groups of geeks, bloggers and Silicon Valley’s finest- a far cry from Facebook’s near ubiquitous use with Mom and your seventh grade P.E. teacher.

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Lava Row

Remember the days when businesses paid a tidy sum for an ad and let the marketing guru’s do their magic while they sat back and tended to other matters? While traditional advertising of this sort is still around, most of you reading this article are no doubt cognizant to the fact that many marketing and ad campaigns are now found on social networks… and that poses some unique conundrums for organizations looking to quickly push their brand without participating.

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