I completely understand why so many want to know what they are worth online…to some extent I think we all want to know. It’s no different in real life, you want to know you are valuable in order to be validated; although some people just want to know they are “worth” more than other people.
The two problems I see with Klout: 1) it’s not accurate…yet people are treating it as such 2) because people are treating as a valid device, others are gaming the system…just as humans do in real life with things.
I think the systems will continue to get better and be able to read someone’s “klout” more accurately, but it will never be 100% accurate. I think the people gaming the system are missing the point of social and exploiting a weakness in the system…which again, is human nature.
My belief is that a Klout score needs to be taken with a grain of salt. I believe there are people with low scores that deserve higher, and people with high scores that are simply gaming the algorithms. When I was a kid I loved getting the toy or prize out of a Cracker Jack box or Captain Crunch cereal…that’s what Klout is in a sense, entertainment, a circus sideshow.
At the end of the day I understand both sides, it’s human nature to want to attach a real number to something, like our value, so you know where you stand amongst the cattle. And on the other side you will always have the gamers, the cheats, the ass bags that manipulate systems. Welcome to Earth. In an ideal situation people wouldn’t care about their “scores”, but we do and that will not change, ever.
So keep doing what you’re doing, no matter which side of the fence you’re on, and I will continue to be social and build real relationships with people. Cheers Klout lovers and haters…don’t get lost in the woods!
Below are the other blog posts via #UsGuys/ #UsBlogs group (it’s a Twitter thing), in which a topic is chosen and everyone blogs on that. Cheers.
Round up of all other week three posts:
- Kase Study on Klout – The Highest Lama by Mark Robertson. @markosul
- I Build For Life by Stephen Caggiano. @stephencaggiano
- Offline Klout: I Know The Source by Libby Baker Sweiger. @libbytalks
- Measuring Reality: 4 Game Changer Trends For 2011 by Nick Kellet. @nickkellet
- You ‘Da Man! by Gaby O’Rourke. @gabyorourke
- Klout Doesn’t Measure What Really Matters by Margie Clayman. @margieclayman
- Offline Klout – Secret Algorithms Revealed by Jonathan Brewer. @houseofbrew
- The One Thing Klout Is Not by Thomas Moradpour. @tommoradpour
- Can Your Klout Score Get You a Job? by Mark. @youternmark
- Building Offline Clout Not Klout by Todd Jordan. @tojosan
- In The Klout World by Rabab Khan. @rababkhan
- From The Mouth Of Babes by Josepf Haslam. @josepf
- T-shaped On Twitter And In Life by Lex Bradshaw-Zanger. @lexbz
- Sorry, I’m Not On Facebook by Allie Walker. @NYC_allie
- Under The Influence by Karen Lund. @karen5lund
- Making Connections: Real Life Edition by Patrick Prothe. @pprothe
- Offline Influence Now Measured Online by Lewis Poretz. @lewisporetz
- The Klout Myth And Living Above The Influence by Dan Perez. @danperezfilms
- Klout In The Cracker Jack Box by Matthew Browne. @matthewliberty
- What Is Your Influence Report Card by Heidi Cohen. @heidicohen
- In search Of Leader by Shrinath Navghane. @mrshri
- Building Offline Klout by Jackie Coughlan. @jackinessity
- Got Klout by Jill Manty. @mantywebdesigns
- Nowhere to Hide: Assessing Your Work Reputation Online (gigaom.com)
- Should We Be Keeping Score on Twitter? Klout Thinks So (nytimes.com)
- Klout 101: What the Heck Is It and Why Should I Care? (blogworld.com)