15 Internet Celebrities Who Are Using Their Online Presence To Make A Positive Impact

No. 1 is a dream come true!

More than 3 billion people are now using the Internet. 

That's 43 percent of the global population. But while some use it to brag about their newest pair of Louboutins or post another rant how bad weather messed up their hair, there are people using the Interwebz for good. 

To recognize them, Tech Insider recently compiled a list of 50 best people on the Internet. Pay attention — the list is not based on the amount of likes a selfie racks up or how many followers a person has. It solely focuses on online celebs doing "hilarious, amazing, or inspiring things," and sharing them with lots of devoted fans.

Here you can check out the top 15. So let's begin ...


15. Vine megastar Lele Pons.

The 19-year-old who got famous for her funny and relatable six-second Vine clips currently boasts more than 9 million followers on the platform

Pons says she understands the struggles that women face in a male-dominated world, and hopes her work will inspire ladies everywhere to stand up and fight for the recognition they deserve.

14. Self-proclaimed Z-list celebrity Josh 'Fat Jew' Ostrovsky.

"Controversial" is probably not powerful enough of a word to describe Ostrovsky's persona.

From tongue-in-cheek YouTube videos to scandalous Instagram memes, to hilarious literary works and even his personal wine label (white girls will know what we're talking about ...), Fat Jew definitely knows how to operate the Interwebz and we can only envy his talent.

13. J.K. Rowling, mother of world's most famous wizard.

There's no way you haven't heard of Joanne Rowling. But, chances are, you're still missing out on her social media presence.

Since joining Twitter, Rowling has amassed more than 5 million followers, whom she often engages with answering questions, participating in debates and teasing them with juicy details about their favorite Harry Potter characters. She also uses the platform to address various important issues, from LGBT to children's rights.

12. Snapchat maven Cyrene Quiamco.

This sharp-minded lady managed to turn Snapchat, an app we all use for free to send shameful Friday night pics to our friends, into a very well-paid, full-time job.

According to Tech Insider, Quiamco is currently making more than $10,000 for a single snap. Crazy? Sure. Worth checking out? You bet!

11. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the guy who made Broadway accessible for everyone.

A 36-year-old actor, composer, writer and a man of a hundred talents in general, Lin-Manuel Miranda can easily take credit for disrupting the otherwise old-school theater scene.

Author and star of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, Miranda figured out a genius way not only to lure in more people to his shows, but promote theater-going in general. Before every show, he invites people to partake in a lottery to win $10 tickets and rewards the participants with short, pre-show performances called #Ham4Ham.

10. Vine jokester Logan Paul.

This guy dropped out of school to become the world's greatest entertainer. An ambitious dream that might actually work out.

Logan Paul is currently one of the biggest stars on Vine with more than 8 million followers and more than 3 billion loops. His clips are witty, his six pack is sharp and his determination to reign over the entertainment industry is beyond what most twentysomethings could even aspire to do.

9. Janet Mock, lady who fights for transgender rights using the power of hashtags.

Back in 2012, the #GirlsLikeUs hashtag took over Twitter. According to Tech Insider, it was the "first social media hashtag campaign focused on the experiences of trans women." 

Pioneered by Mock, who came out as transgender in 2011, #GirlsLikeUs was meant to create a space for transgender people to speak their minds, get empowered, and find and become role models. Now, a few years later, Mock continues to support trans people's and women's rights on social media, as well as her TV show So Popular!

8. Comedy goddess Megan Amram.

Ever heard of the city called Pawnee? Chances are you heard of Megan Amram as well.

Amram, whose venture into stardom began in 2010 with her hilarious Twitter account full of sharp one-liners, has since worked with comedy giants on Parks and Recreation, published her own book titled Science ... For Her! and even hosts her own series on Amy Poehler's Smart Girls platform.

Best of all? Amram is an incredible role model for girls and women who are not willing to comply with society's sexist standards.

7. Lilly Singh, otherwise known as 'Tiny Fey of Punjabis.'

We might be wrong, but we think that when Lilly Singh was trying to come up with a name for her online persona, Superwoman was the single entry on her list.

Singh says she started making videos when coming out of depression, but the videos themselves are not depressing at all. Just by humorously talking about everyday struggles of the millennial generation, Singh racked up more than 6 million subscribers on YouTube.

6. Felix 'PewDiePie' Kjellberg, college drop-out making money off video games.

Yes, you read that right. Video games. Well, video game reviews to be more exact.

Kjellberg starting posting YouTube wit-infused vlogs of himself narrating various video games back in 2010. Since then, he gathered a 35 million fan base that he refers to as the Bro Army. Through it, PewDiePie often works with charities, including a $250,000 Save the Children fundraiser he launched last year.

5. 16-year-old cultural appropriation advocate Amandla Stenberg.

Disregard the prom selfie with Jaden Smith and even the fact that she starred in the popular Hunger Games movie. Amandla Stenberg is not the girl who basks in someone else's light of fame.

This 16-year-old is making her own voice heard by continuously addressing complex issues, such as cultural appropriation, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, girls in science and more. She's even been dubbed "the voice of a generation." Check out her social accounts to learn more about what this trailblazer has to say.

4. Beauty guru Ingrid Nilsen, who's also an inspiration to gay teens everywhere.

Since posting an emotional coming out video back in June 2015, Nilsen became an outspoken advocate and role model for LGBT teens everywhere. 

Nilsen continues to post beauty videos and makeup tutorials on her YouTube channel, but even if you're not THAT interested in eyeliner tricks, you should definitely follow Ingrid for her refreshing, upbeat personality that will brighten up even the darkest of days.

3. Eva Chen, fashionista with her very own hashtag.

From editor in chief of Lucky magazine to head of partnerships at Instagram, Eva Chen's career is all about being ahead of the style curve. 

With 454,000 followers on Instagram, Chen shares daily snaps of her outfits and has even coined the "Eva Chen pose," which is basically her feet with nice shoes being photographed in the back of a New York City cab.

2. The sassy voice of the LGBTQ community Brendan Jordan.

He might've started his online stardom by getting caught performing fierce Lady Gaga moves on live TV, but Brendan Jordan managed to use it to his own advantage and now he's considered one of the most influential teens in the world.

Jordan uses his online persona not only to benefit personally (he's worked with American Apparel and has a close relationship with Miley Cyrus' Happy Hippie Foundation), but also to raise awareness for the LGBTQ community and support gender-queer kids on social platforms.

1. Sanam, the famous Desi woman who's BFFs with Rihanna.

You could easily say that this is the real life story of Cinderella.

A regular 25-year-old one day, a Seattle-based woman named Sanam became a worldwide celebrity overnight after pop queen Rihanna messaged her on Instagram and invited to be her partner in crime filming the raunchy video "B*tch Better Have My Money."

But it didn't stop there. Sanam is now contributing stories to Refinery29, where she shares her take on beauty products, self love and speaks to women of color.

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Didn't find your favorite social media person here? Do not despair. 

Check out Tech Insider's full list of 50 best people on the Internet here.


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