After I posted the 10 boiled thought leaders I read, I noticed (as did others) that they were all dudes. Probably not a surprise given the population of dudes in tech but lots of people said, “Hey! what about the women?”
Unlike the first cloud post, I wasn’t sure where to start. So, I asked for lots of recommendations of top women bloggers and thought leaders. I asked on Twitter, I emailed and IMed some folks. I looked at some of the other “Top Women” lists. And then I unscientifically choose ten folks that interested me. Since they span lots of different subjects and interests, I didn’t mash-up the top ten words across all ten folks.
Having done this a second (exhausting) time, I can tell you that someone needs to make a scraper that sucks down every blog post and feeds into a “real-time” cloud generator so that this is automatic. Why do we need to tag anything? Our clouds should be automated, based on what we write and trendable. Is “Microsoft” on the rise or the decline? What’s the reverse of the cloud (often is the smaller words that are the most telling). BTW, props to Justin for scraping and uploading half of these.
1. Kara Swisher
First time I ran into Anne was when she interviewed me. At first I thought “tags” was a copy/paste error, but her posts often refer to other resources. I liked seeing that “life,” “connect” and “identity” were top words. Her two-word cloud expose “social networking,” “sticky notes,” and “work life.” (photo credit)
This was one of my favorite clouds so far. Such great words both big and small. Diverse, emotional, topical. Great stuff. Her two-word cloud is vastly different, with big emphasis on “web standards,” and neat gems like “twitter sucked,” and “global differences.” (photo credit)
I had a hard time finding a pic of Shelley. Shelley, what’s the deal? Get some stuff on Flickr or something. Shelley is obviously way techier than I am. Her two word cloud has nuggets like, “command line,” “blood pressure,” and “change congress.”
5. Beth Kanter
Given Beth’s activity with nonprofits, I loved a lot of the words in her cloud. Her two word cloud was sweet, chock-filled with things like, “digital natives,” “raise awareness,” and “relationship building.” Be sure to check it out.
6. Emily Chang
I didn’t know Emily at all and looking at her cloud first before reading about her was cool. I liked the mix of creative, emotional, media and techie words. I mean, “moisture” was a word. That was further explained in her two word cloud which includes “soil moisture,” “watering event” and “gestural interface.”
I knew Marilyn from Twitter but had never visited her blog (don’t smack me). How cool is her cloud? She’s one globally oriented person. In her two world cloud she has some jumpers like “business process,” “expert community” and “hindu temple.” (photo credit)
8. Laura Athavale Fitton
Another Twitter buddy, Laura, was another person who’s blog I had never visited. Love her vcard of top ten words. She has “ballast” and “love” as top words. How awesome is that? In her two word cloud she has “heart attack,” “product demo” and “big idea.” I’m a little biased to big ideas :) (photo credit)
9. Mary Hodder
Looks like Mary has slowed down her blogging frequency so I’m not sure how accurate her cloud or top ten words are. In her two word cloud she has a ton of Bay Area references as well as terms like, “mental overhead,” “personalized trip,” and “public transit.” (photo credit)
10. Christine Lu
Christine was the first person to reach out to me on Twitter and is one of the nicest people I’ve never met. I’m not sure where she finds the time to be so prolific but she has an awesome blog, an active Seesmic persona, is all over Twitter and seemingly has twenty other things going at once. I was surprised by how much “middle class” jumped in her two word cloud which I guessed would be dominated by China. (photo credit)