Top 20 Gamification Gurus – January 2012

It’s that time of the month when we publish the Gamification Gurus based on Klout scores and Twitter conversations around the topic of gamification.

Without further ado, here’s the list:


Well, this month we welcome some new gurus including R Ray Wang who goes straight in at number 2! Watch out Gabe – is there a new guru about? We also see a re-entry into the top 20 by JP Rangaswami and Keith Smith who have had a good December for gamification.

No change to the algorithm

As promised, I’ve made no change to algorithm this month – it’s based on exactly the same input feeds and weighting as last month. While the “big three” at the top – Gabe, Jane and Ian – have more or less retained their places, one notable absence this month is Michael Wu who had climbed to number 4 – he dropped just off the list. We hope to see him back in the top 20 next month!

Gamification Gurus 2012 prediction 

Mario Herger picked the continued improvement of the Gamification Gurus ranking engine as one of his top 7 enterprise gamification predictions for 2012. Thanks Mario!

Gamification Studios Leaderboard (NEW!)

Mario also called for a similar leaderboard of Gamification Companies and Game Studios. ¬†I think this is a great idea. If you’d like your company to be considered for the list then please let me know via this form.

An Oops!

The gamification gurus engine got accidentally turned off between Dec 1st and Dec 15th so I missed any activity you might have had around that date. My apologies if that was the fortnight was when you got retweeted by Lady GaGa or some other such Klout megastar.

Newcomer advantage?

With 6 newcomers getting straight into the top 20, there does appear to be a newcomer advantage. This may be due to their inherent excellence, higher Klout scores or a bug in our algorithm. If the same happens next month, I will re-address the algorithm.

Klout party poopers can’t play

If you’ve left Klout for whatever reason then you won’t appear in the gamification gurus leaderboard as I use Klout scores as part of the ranking.

Next month

The algorithm may change a little to improve accuracy, so watch this space but keep the conversation going.

Toby Beresford

Toby is founder and CEO of Rise the success tracking network to track, publish and share success. He was the 2013 chair of - the International Gamification Confederation and organises the UK Gamifiers meetup. As a gamification leader, he speaks at conferences and hosts workshops. Follow him on twitter @tobyberesford and Subscribe to this blog at Gamification Of Work blog feed

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