Indian-born features in Forbes global web celeb list

Dec 28 2007, 00:08 IST
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SummaryBlogging might be a leisure activity for many famous personalities but it has brought fame to a person like India-born Om Malik, who has been named as one of the global web celebrities by American magazine Forbes.

Blogging might be a leisure activity for many famous personalities but it has brought fame to a person like India-born Om Malik, who has been named as one of the global web celebrities by American magazine Forbes.

Ranked 12th for technology blogging on the list of ‘‘Web Celeb 25’’, he shares the limelight not just with fellow bloggers but also with video hosts and gadget gurus.

A chemistry graduate from St. Stephen's College in New Delhi, Malik is the brain behind the website gigaom.com and has also served as a technology journalist for various publications. “Om Malik has a long history as a tech journalist, writing for outlets including Business 2.0, Red Herring and The Wall Street Journal (he was also one of the founding staffers of Forbes.com). But true web celebrity status didn't come for the Indian-born writer until 2001, when he started his own technology blog, GigaOm,” Forbes noted.

On the other hand, twenty nine-year-old Perez Hilton alias Mario Lavandeira, who runs the website perezhilton.com, is at the top of the heap. “His blog is hugely popular, despite recent missteps, including erroneously reporting the death of Fidel Castro,” the magazine said. Pointing out that Malik frequently appears in the media on television as a technology expert, Forbes added that his popular website has received funding from sources including San Francisco-based venture firm True Ventures.

PTI

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