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The Influential Men on the Internet Wear Red Strapless Gowns?

How pathetic is this? Forbes runs a link bait story called The Web Celeb 25. It’s a list of the “biggest, brightest and most influential people on the Internet.”

Andy Beal ran a notice about it in a post called Who’s Missing From Forbes’ Web Celeb 25 List?. It took me an instant to see that the Forbes list is targeted to men. The majority of the names of the list are men. I counted three women out of twenty-five men.

What do they use for an image to illustrate the piece at Forbes (and Andy’s site, but he only followed Forbes’ lead)?

A woman in a strapless red gown!


  1. January 25, 2007    

    I don’t see that it’s targetted in that way, but then, I don’t see how the list means much anyway. I’ve never heard of at least half that list.

    I don’t see it as a list of influential people, just people who’ve made the news in internet circles in one way or another. I wasn’t aware of Amanda Congdon until she left that rocket thing, whatever it was, and I’ve not heard about her since. That’s not ‘influential’, that’s just a case of her being the subject of a news story that, as far as I’m concerned, didn’t mean a lot.

  2. January 25, 2007    

    Keep in mind that the “woman in the strapless red gown” is Jessica Lee Rose , who came out top on the list. Don’t blame Forbes for running the photo, blame Jessica for wearing skimpy clothes! ;-)

  3. January 25, 2007    

    What got your attention first? The picture of a pretty woman or the headline?

    I’m more curious to know what picture they would have used if it were not she that came out on top. I think that since the list is mostly of men, they have been disregarded by the visual marketing because there was a slinky woman in a red strapless dress to feature.

    If there was a list of men, and MY name was at the top of it, they would have had a big problem deciding what to do.

    Those strapless gowns just don’t hold up these babies anymore… :)

  4. January 25, 2007    

    I would hardly consider myself an expert on female clothes but I’m seeing straps on that dress – would it not be a spaghetti strap dress?

  5. January 25, 2007    

    I’m less concerned that Forbes chose a pretty girl as its story image (sex sells and if I looked like little Jessica Rose, I’d be running around in slinky red dresses too!), and more interested in the fact that according to them, the two most influential people on the Web are a fake video blogger and a guy who runs a celebrity gossip blog.

  6. January 25, 2007    

    Why yes Jonathan! Those are not red tattoos! LOL

    But yes, you refer to the correct term.

    Lisa, yes. You caught my intent correctly. I just wasn’t in the mood to get into that sex sells debate today.

  7. January 25, 2007    

    Let’s be honest here, what would you rather see – a photo of an attractive female or the photo of some male web guru who works in his underpants and hasn’t showered or shaved in a while?

    And on a serious note I often wonder what criteria the print media uses to arrive lists like this.

  8. iamlost's Gravatar iamlost
    January 25, 2007    

    Ms. Rose appears well optimised.

    The ‘Forbes’ list is silly.
    The recent ‘Hello’ list that named Britney Spears second most elegant woman in the world last year is silly.
    Most such lists are silly.

    With a lovely little list well baited.
    A trolling we shall go,
    Nice to be liked, better to be hated,
    A trolling we shall go,
    Celebrity, controversy, raise a big stink,
    A trolling we shall go,
    Here a link, there a link, everywhere we catch a link,
    A trolling, a trolling we shall go.

  9. January 25, 2007    

    I’d rather see a photo of some half-naked male Web guru. He’s bound to be more interesting than a pretty, yet plastic, 18-year-old girl.

  10. January 25, 2007    

    Lisa, I have so many responses to that that I can’t stop laughing long enough to post them. A certain SEO hunk keeps coming to my mind….

    iamlost, trust me. I am more optimized. cough. I am SO your loyal fan, btw.

    If this gets Dugg, I’m blaming it on all of you :)

  11. January 25, 2007    

    Hey, if they want to post my SEO boyfriend in his underwear, a towel, or god forbid a fig leaf who am I to stop them? I’ll even take one for the team and offer to hold the camera.

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