Klout – Bitchin or Something To Bitch About?
Now ya’ll know me, I don’t usually write about trending topics, but I’ve got Klout on the brain, so I figured, what the hell, I’ll share too.
Klout on the Brain
I’m a big fan of Liz Strauss, her writing is impeccable and I’ve learned quite a bit from her. So, 3 days ago, when I read Liz’ personal Klout Story, I started thinking do I even care anymore about my Klout score? Is it worth keeping it? Hell, do I have time to care? I’ve been so damn busy. Also, you may or may not know this, I had some of the same issues with Klout that Liz had. I also had no topics for months which kept me from being hired for a gig. (Again, thankful for Twylah and My Trending Tweets that helped me to land another temporary gig). Eventually, a couple of months ago, Klout straightened it out. Which was cool, but by this point, I didn’t care either way.
Liz’s post reminded me of a post John Paul wrote about a month ago about your Klout score not defining You. How exact is the score? How well does it really portray our social media use? I can not tweet for days and my score will raise and I can tweet all day long and it won’t. Hell, it sometimes drops.
Two days ago, I came across Tibbett’s post on boycotting Klout. I get what he’s saying but I disagree with his point or should I say his allusion to Klout being on a mission to effect people in a financial way, like their ability or inability to get a job.
Remember, I lost out on a gig because my Klout topics weren’t available, but it was the employer who chose to judge my ability to do the job based on my Klout score.
It’s up to businesses, employers, your hairdresser, to decide if and how they’re going to use you Klout score to judge you, not up to Klout. Klout is a business like any other, they’re looking to make money.
Yesterday morning I read Mark’s post Klout rants are becoming a cottage industry . I totally agree with Mark’s viewpoint on the whole Klout privacy thing. I mean hell, I pay Verizon for their service and they use the info they collect about me from what movies I watch on demand and premium channels I’m subscribed to, to my payment history to try and sell me more services. And Facebook? Ha! How private are those secret groups when in the right sidebar there are ads rotating that relate to something I said last week? LOL.
Everyone collects info on you. Klout is just a bit more transparent about what they’re doing with it.
My experience with Klout
As I mentioned above, I’ve had issues with Klout.
And in light of what I’ve been reading lately, I’ve had Klout on the brain, so I’ve also been spending a bit of extra time on my Klout dashboard lately.
As I mentioned to a fellow blogger a few days ago, Klout feels more like a game these days.
If I give +K to enough peeps, I get +K
I get +K for visiting my dashboard.
I get +K from friends giving me +K
I get +K for surfing profiles
etc, etc, etc.
And? AND? LOL. I can use my +K to buy topics for my topics list. LOL. Shhh. I bought me a new topic for the hell of it: Klout. LOL
One good/not so good thing I did notice was you can suggest topics for other profiles. Good, cause there are topics others have influenced me on that aren’t listed on their dashboard, bad cause I can suggest topics like Raccoons and Bacon and Vibrators.
But one thing about this game, there’s real prizes and some are pretty tasty. I accepted a perk this morning for Wahooly and i swear it’s the best perk they’ve ever offered me.
So considering my experiences above, should I be bitching about Klout, especially since I lost a gig, or should I say Klout’s Bitchin! because though they’re selling my info, as many others already do, they’re offering me stuff in return.
What do you say?
By the way, I’d appreciate a tweet, it’s good for my Klout
And? I;ve got CommentLuv for ya’. Leave a comment, get a backlink. Hey, just asking for a piece of your mind, not your soul. Muhahahaha
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