[ Warning: Turned into a bit of a long rant ;) ]+Meg Tufano
The problem that currently exists is that those doing the measuring, those promoting the scores ... are not measuring anything of value nor import.
Lets take dear old +Matt Cutts
as an example.
How many are following the chap?
How many make sensible, intelligent, thoughtful comments to his posts?
How many people does he respond too?
How many respond to his responses?
How many of the responded to responses does he respond to? (okay ... enough of that, that was far to much hard thinking :D)
Then compare that to someone like Madonna.
Then compare to, well, yourself, myself or Jeff.
What is the interaction level difference?
What is the, for lack of better wording, quality difference?
Now - a human can look and gauge.
With a little time/effort - they can gauge accurately.
As far as I know - there is still nothing out there that can tell Quality content. They can identify low quality (nonsensical, nothing relating the the posts topic, nothing being referenced else where etc.) ... but they cannot look at your previous comment and score it as "insightful".
And that is at the complicated end of the pool.
We are looking at teh shallow and simpler end ... and they still
are not (that I know of) looking at the important/relevant stuff.
The number of followers/circlers doesn't actually mean that much.
The number of comments doesn't mean that much.
It's the number of comments that refer to other comments.
It's the number of times the poster comments in response to comments.
It's the life-span of the post.
It's the repeat of the above for shares/reshares etc.
Those are much more important data-points ... and no one that I see is looking at them.
They are simply scrapping the top and calling it cream.
They are ignoring the true goodness and healthily nutritious stuff that lays underneath.
Worse yet - the vast majority (who are generally lazy, ignorant and unwilling to think things through) take it at face value, take it as gold ... and believe what those scores are meant to represent.
It looks to me like we are rapidly heading towards a plebocracy. It's a case of the blind are scoring and telling the blind.
It's going to do way more harm than good.
And as I pointedo ut to Jeff previously - some of the important stuff ... cannot be reached.
So anyone that does attempt to do it properly, is going to run smack into various types of wall, and quite frequently.
I also have this horrid feeling that some (:cough: google and facebook :cough:) will start actively denying access to profile pages and relevant info (for their use only!).
So again - further skewing.
The only transparency I currently see showing up is due to thinness and lack of real substance.