Britain’s top 10 tech celebs

3. Stephen Fry (SCORE: 71)
A Twitter contest that Stephen Fry doesn’t win? Surely some mistake? But no, it’s true: our Stephen may have gained countless column inches and Twitter fans after his numerous pro-Apple and anti-Windows tweets (not that we disagree with them all…), but he’s been beaten into third place by the narrowest of margins, due to a lack of blog activity. His last blog was dated March 2009 at the time of going to press. Which is a shame, as when he did blog they were usually a real treat.

It’s certainly nothing to do with his lack of popularity. Far from it: Stephen Fry had almost 600,000 followers as we went to press, and what’s more he even takes the time to respond to the endless stream of tweets he receives. Only a fraction of them, true, but any more would be nigh-on impossible.

We also judged him to be the geekiest of the celebrities on our 40-strong longlist. He’s the one and only celebrity we’ve ever seen post IP addresses on his Twitter feed (a service for those in Tehran wanting unbiased election coverage), he’s unafraid to use the word dongle, and he’s got an opinion on pretty much everything tech.

4. Richard Bacon (SCORE: 70)
If you’re not a regular listener to Radio 5 Live it’s entirely possible you’re asking yourself “Richard who?”. But if you are, and you tune in anytime between 10pm and 1am on Monday to Thursday, you’ll appreciate the former Blue Peter presenter’s long-term love affair with all things Twitter and Facebook. In fact, listen to his show and you’ll wonder how he ever decided what to cover before social networking took off.

Quite aside from his numerous tweets – he averages ten per day and has a following of almost half-a-million people – he also has the most active Facebook group we’ve seen. And, due to his constant mentions of Facebook and Twitter on his nightly show, he’s no doubt personally responsible for introducing tens of thousands of people to social networking all by himself.

Richard isn’t a true geek, though, and this (together with a lack of outright fame compared to the likes of Stephen Fry) is what costs him a shot at the title. The closest he gets is owning an iPhone; bizarrely, he seems to believe that computers should just work and doesn’t seem too interested in what goes on inside them.

5. Charlie Brooker (SCORE: 65)
With the rise of Screenwipe and a multitude of other TV projects, Charlie Brooker’s star is very much on the rise. Indeed, in terms of Google UK search results he’s top of this mini-league: enter “Charlie Brooker” and you’ll find between 800,000 and 900,000 hits.
Charlie Brooker
To a large extent, this is due to his regular column in The Guardian, where he’s never shy of landing a punch or two. Perhaps most famously, he declared “I hate Macs. I have always hated Macs. I hate people who use Macs” in reaction to David Mitchell (number 28 in our list, incidentally) and Robert Webb’s “I’m a Mac” campaign. Notably, the first reply to that post was from him – although that was lambasting The Guardian’s sub-editors for mangling his copy.

He’s not the most frequent of tweeters – averaging around five per day – but when he does say something it’s normally worth reading. And he’s also pretty good at responding to his followers, showing that – for now at least – he’s still got his feet firmly on the ground.

What lifts him above most, though, is that he really does know about technology. A keen gamer, he used to write a punchy column for PC Zone and still has a view on most things technology.

6. Jonathan Ross (SCORE: 64)
Publicity-shy Jonathan Ross (and his wife, writer Jane Goldman, who hits our chart at number 35) is never afraid to share his thoughts on Twitter. Admittedly, these can be rather banal (“We just got back from watching Bruno. Was very funny. Not as funny as Borat, but funny”), but he still finds time to respond to his followers – and at more than 300,000, there’s rather a lot of them.

He’s also one of the earlier adopters, having joined Twitter in November last year. Most celebrities only joined the Twitterverse in January or February 2009, no doubt with their agents pushing them every step of the way (Oz Clarke, who is propping up our league at number 40, being a prize example: “My pesky publishers have twisted my arm to start twittering so here I am…” he said in the first of the 100-odd posts he’s managed since he joined. Six months ago).

Perhaps reflecting his public persona of a rather short attention span, Jonathan is no blogger. The only place you’ll find him online, other than a MySpace page, is on Twitter. And although he does have a passing interest in technology, his geekiness is mainly confined to comics and Japanese film.

There’s no doubting his fame credentials, though. Our Google UK search found more than 300,000 pages mentioning the man (no doubt in part due to Sachsgate last year). We can’t help feeling, though, that the BBC could squeeze a blog post or two out of Wossy to help justify that much-discussed salary.

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