Britain’s top 10 tech celebs

7. Robert Llewellyn (SCORE: 61)
Best known for playing Kryten in Red Dwarf (when the show was actually funny), Robert Llewellyn has carved out a sporadic career as a TV presenter – most notably in Scrapheap Challenge – and now as creator of the very odd Llewtube. This features a weekly in-car interview
as Robert transports stars such as Stephen Fry, Dom Joly and Ruby Wax from one destination to another. You can’t help feeling the name came before the idea, but if you can get past the awful sound quality it sometimes makes for interesting viewing.

His interview technique may be unusual (as he’s concentrating on driving, roughly 70% of his speech consists of the reply “right”), but you certainly can’t knock his tech enthusiasm. He’s in love with his Mac, a keen digital film-maker, and he’s been on Twitter for more than two years. As his following has slowly increased – now hovering just under the 30,000 mark – so has the frequency of his tweets, and he’s quick to reply to correspondents.

Considering all this, it’s perhaps surprising that he hasn’t got a greater online following outside of Twitter. A search for “Robert Llewellyn” returned only around 12,000 hits on Google UK; then again, perhaps it’s just a very difficult name to spell.

8. Phillip Schofield (SCORE: 60)
If you find Phillip Schofield’s shiny, cheerful TV persona a little difficult to bear then you should probably steer clear of his tweets. This is a man who could see the bright side of a nuclear war, and this view of the world is reflected in the company he keeps – whether it’s celebrity friends that he’s converted to the way of Twitter or one of his adoring followers. What’s more, their number is now approaching 200,000.

As a relative newcomer to Twitter, having joined in January 2009, that’s quite an impressive achievement, and as ever one of his secrets is interaction. A huge percentage of his tweets are in response to his followers.

Unlike so many celebrities, he extends this interactivity to the web. While we suspect that he doesn’t personally upload every blog entry – and his camp managed only three in May – he does at least appear to care what people say and look to them for inspiration. The most obvious example is “Funny Friday”, which encourages visitors to upload video clips in a strange and not entirely successful evocation of You’ve Been Framed.

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