Top 40 Gamification Gurus – April 2012

It had to come – a top 40 list of the Gamification Gurus making the waves in the twitterverse.

Rank Change Name
1 = (1) Gabe Zichermann
@gzicherm
2 = (5) Ian Bogost
@ibogost
3 (4) R Ray Wang
@rwang0
4 (8) Jane McGonigal
@avantgame
5 (3) Michael Wu Ph.D.
@mich8elwu
5 (19) Toby Beresford
@tobyberesford
7 (20) Dennis Crowley
@dens
8 (10) Keith Smith
@chiefdoorman
9 (25) Steven L. Johnson
@stevenljohnson
10 (32) Scott Dodson
@gamebiz
10 (22) Buster Benson
@busterbenson
12 (2) Sebastian Deterding
@dingstweets
13 (17) Sergio Jiménez
@sjimenezarenas
14 (30) Tommy Lee
@pikopoki
15 (34) Trapper Markelz
@trappermarkelz
16 (33) Barry Kirk
@barrykirk
17 (14) Marigo Raftopoulos
@marigo
18 (28) Mike Martoccia
@mmartoccia
19 (11) Bart Hufen
@barthufen
20 (6) JP Rangaswami
@jobsworth
21 (11) Kelly Kampen
@kellykampen
22 (13) Mario Herger
@mherger
23 (42) Guy Stephens | @guy1067
@guy1067
23 (7) Rajat Paharia
@rajatrocks
25 (27) Kam Star
@playgen
26 (18) Life is a game
@welivetoplay
26 (50) Anthony Williams
@gamifried
28 (35) Amy Jo Kim
@amyjokim
29 (62) Thijs de Vries
@thijsdevries
30 (26) Nicolas Babin
@nicochan33
31 (23) Raf Keustermans
@raf_keustermans
32 (21) Thomas Power
@thomaspower
33 (24) Kris Duggan
@kduggan
34 (66) willempje
@vrinses
35 (9) Robert
@robzepeda
36 (29) Kes Sampanthar
@kessampanthar
37 (16) JesseSchell
@jesseschell
38 (31) Carrie Peters
@carriepeters
39 (14) Seth Priebatsch
@sethpriebatsch
40 (36) Nicholas Lovell
@nicholaslovell
41 (48) Laurence Buchanan
@buchanla
42 (36) Ben Kirman
@benki
43 (38) Kevin Werbach
@kwerb
43 (39) Steve Peters
@vpisteve
45 (46) Jeff Malek
@jpmalek
46 (40) Roman Rackwitz
@romanrackwitz
47 (57) Paulina Bozek
@paulinabees
47 (new) Michael Fergusson
@fergusson
49 (45) Mariann Hardey
@thatdrmaz
50 (43) Hanan Gazit
@vrider
51 (40) Nathan Lands
@nathanlands
52 (51) Bob Marsh
@bobmarsh5
53 (49) Norbert Szigeti
@norbert_szigeti
54 (60) Aurelien Leftick
@aleftick
54 (52) Tom Chatfield
@tomchatfield
56 (44) Byron Reeves
@byronreeves
57 (58) Jorge Simões
@jmapsimoes
57 (new) VincentBoon
@vincentboon
59 (53) Israel Nacaxe
@inacaxe
60 (59) Aliya Zaidi
@aliyazaidi
60 (54) Jeroen van Mastrigt
@jrnvm
62 (63) Judd Antin
@juddantin
63 (64) Ryan Elkins
@ryane
64 (61) Jon Radoff
@jradoff
65 (67) Melinda Jacobs
@mellyjacobs
66 (68) Josh Kramer
@joshkramernyc
67 (71) Richard Beresford
@richardaleader
68 (72) Brian Burke
@brian__burke
69 (69) Tony Beresford
@tonyberesford
70 (65) Tal Horowitz
@talyourmove
71 (73) vyty
@playfication
73 (75) Rick and Nick Gibson
@gamesinvestor
73 (75) Toby Barnes
@tobybarnes



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The Gamification Gurus list  is powered by Leaderboarded with data from Klout, Lanyrd  and Twitter.

What’s new this month?

The leaderboard above is generated from my new app “Leaderboarded” – a web app to create and manage a dynamic leaderboard of anyone and anything. I’m in the beta testing stage at the moment so any gurus who’d like a demo or to try the software just ping me and I’ll give you a walkthrough.

Who’s doing well?

It never ceases to amaze me that Gabe Zichermann manages to get to the number one slot so often. I promise you it’s not fixed, it’s just that on all the metrics I use he persistently does well. Other leading lights consistently do well such as Ian Bogost, Jane McGonigal, Michael Wu and Sebastian Deterding. R Ray Wang and Dennis Crowley have such strong Klout scores that they hardly have to do anything to leap up the rankings each month.

Score discrepancies over March 2012

For the eagle eyed you’ll note a few issues with how Leaderboarded thinks the Gurus did in March versus the Top 20 list I published here on Gamification of Work. Suffice to say the Leaderboarded version (as shown in the previous rank) is the correct one. I can only apologise as I was doing the leaderboard manually last month and missed out some key data sources. I’m hoping the  new system gives less room for pilot error…

Can I see my score if I’m not in the Top 40?

Yes, you can now log in with your twitter account and you’ll be able to see where you stand on this month’s leaderboard at http://www.leaderboarded.com

Can I leave the leaderboard?

Of course, just ping me an email toby@tobyberesford.com and I’ll take you off the leaderboard, no questions asked.

Can I join the leaderboard?

Yes, sign up at http://bit.ly/iamagameguru 

What’s happening next month?

Next month I’m hoping to do all the calculations via leaderboarded, showing that you’ll all be able to make your own similar leaderboards… I wonder what you’ll come up with (yes I’m thinking about you Ivan Kuo and your Top 10 Women in Gamification list)… ;o)

Have a Happy Easter and don’t eat too many eggs. Now how can we de-incentivise that I wonder…

 

 

Toby Beresford

Toby is CEO of the scoreboard platform to track, compare and share scores Rise. He was the 2013 founding chair of Gamfed.com - the International Gamification Confederation and organises the UK Gamifiers meetup. As a gamification thought 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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