A new kind of star power

For our third annual list of the most influential people on the Internet, TIME sized up contenders by looking at their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news. Here are some highlights from the full list, available at time.com/internet2017


Total number of edits Pruitt has made to the English-language Wikipedia platform (as of noon, June 27), at least 500,000 more than his closest colleague

Steven Pruitt (a.k.a. Ser Amantio di Nicolao) Wiki wizard

Amid a barrage of so-called fake news, the 33-year-old Virginian has emerged as one of the Internet’s most prolific guardians of fact. By day, he’s a contractor for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. But by night—or more realistically, whenever he has free time—Pruitt works as Ser Amantio di Nicolao, a volunteer editor for Wikipedia. (The user name comes from

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