J.K. Rowling has been named in the Top Ten of Time Magazine’s Top 30 Most Influential People on the Internet.
Everyone knows that J.K. Rowling and Twitter get along like a house on fire. (Except of course when that house combusts and she spends her day battling and winning against troll invasions.) Last year, she was named one of Scotland’s Most Influential Authors on Social Media, and she’s been nominated for a Shorty Award for her pubic championing of liberal values in 140 characters of less. Now she’s been named one of the Most Influential People on the Internet by Time Magazine. Number eight, of 30, to be precise.
Rolwing finds herself in the company of other artists who use social media to further their message, whether than message is Equality for All, as Rowling’s is, or Pay Attention to Me, as one could classify the message of others on the list, like the Kardashian Klan and their newest acquisition, Kanye. But it’s not just the tweeting that got Rowling to the Top Ten, even though the entry notes her powerful voice on the medium, especially when it comes to politics.
Yes, Pottermore, which is Rowling’s on-line portal to all things officially Potterverse is also a major factor in her influence. Despite the fact that she create it partly to challenge mega corps like Amazon, at first refusing to sell her books on line through any other portal, Pottermore has become a destination site for many since it was rebooted into a more standardized website. Rowling’s dreams for it to be the only on-line distributor may have failed–her works are now distributed through more standard portals, such as Audible–but by making the site more user friendly, while keeping such things as being sorted into houses and being matched with one’s wand that were part of the old gamer-like experience, Pottermore has found the best of both worlds.
Congrats to Rowling, and keep up the good work!