The UX 500

By Tom Wood @Foolproofer

Today we launch the ‘User Experience (UX) 500 group’, a list of user experience opinion leaders from around the world, ranked by their social influence (sign into Peer Index using your Twitter handle to view and follow people from the list).

We hope it will be a useful resource. It should give you a view about who’s who in the field. It might also give you ideas about people to follow, befriend and spark up a conversation with.

We decided to create the list after analysing the results of a survey we ran in preparation for this presentation at last month’s UPA Conference in Atlanta.

The focus of their talk was the challenge of embedding social networks within the fabric of UX research. But one data point in the survey highlighted a different use of social media within the UX community: professional networking. It told us that 77% of UX professionals use social media for this purpose. This relatively high figure makes sense; social networks present a fantastic opportunity to us to share ideas, experiences and tradecraft. So we created this list as a resource for people who want to join the vibrant global conversation on user experience.

What is Peer Index (PI)?

PI has rapidly become established as one of the two global leaders - the other being Klout - in the scoring and ranking of social influence. We’ve carefully analysed the methodologies of both systems and concluded that PI currently has the edge, making it the most sophisticated and accurate independent measure of ‘social capital’.

How does PI work?

The short answer is that PI’s algorithm is driven by the ‘3 As’: Authority, Activity and Audience. For a more in-depth overview of how PI works, this is where you can find chapter and verse: Peer Index scores.

Why am I not on the list?

If you, or your company, are not on the list and you feel you should be, let us know! Although we’ve put a great deal of work into trying to ensure the Index is as comprehensive as possible from day one, it’s inevitable that a few people will have somehow slipped through the net. So if you’re involved in UX in some way, and PI shows you as having a score high enough to place you in the 500 (simply use your Twitter ID to log into Peer Index if you want find out your score), get in touch with us right away and we’ll be sure to add you to the list. You can message us via Twitter: @foolproof_ux.

What if I don’t agree with my score or ranking?

Sorry, but that’s something you’ll have to take up direct with PI! Our role is in bringing together the UX world in a single social index and then ‘curating’ it over time. However we have no influence over the scores themselves, which are independently generated by PI.

We hope you’ll find the ‘UX 500 Index’ an interesting and valuable resource as it evolves over time. If you have any feedback please feel free to get in touch.

Tom Wood

I’m one of the two founders of Foolproof. Within projects I usually take a role both in planning our approach and in the generative phases of design. I’m also active in gathering client and customer needs into the design space. My particular talent is helping senior stakeholders see and understand the customer’s world in richer detail, and helping them work out how to respond.

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