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Are you interested in what your #Klout score says about you? How do you define social cachet?
Your Klout score is gaining in importance: a high one might bring perks, but a low one could dash your career dreams.
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I don't know how I define it, but I spell it "cachet". :-)
 
I believe my "social cache" may be trapped in my utter resentment and contempt buffer...
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Thanks +Dave Hill we were so busy worrying about our Klout score we fumbled on our street cred!
 
I can see how Fernandez thinks he's giving power back to the little guy. At it's core it's a pretty good idea.

The problem is the way companies and brands are using this information. This is a short term vision to build their social profiles instead of focusing on building something meaningful . They'll lose in the long run after pissing too many people off who don't have a social media profile or are not influential enough.
 
When it comes to individuals online, more Klout seems to equal less cool.
 
I hope this doesn't mean something. I can't even get a Klout score since I have neither Facebook nor Twitter. Maybe once they update to have G+ as well, I'll check it out.
 
"Jaron Lanier, the social media skeptic" - nice simple summation of the man's career there. Article saved by its final paragraph, in my opinion.

As I remember people had other concerns about Klout, its secretive expansion of its own network to include Twitter users' followers without asking for permission being one. My Klout score is 17 ( just guessing, but I'd like to save Klout some space).
 
i've got street cred. what do i need with klout?
 
I think that display picture is a bad thing.
 
I signed up Klout, but this is the first time I've even thought to look back at the site. Wonder what that says about Klout's, well Klout?
 
I like to know what my score is, but I don't obsess over it. As long as it's not used against me, I don't mind being a number.
 
It really does. Seems nothing but a cheap data mine scam to me.
 
This seems like cyber discrimination in hiring practices (as far as the story.) Why should some arbitrary social media (mostly Twitter) score have any bearing on being hired for a job? You should be hired based on the impression you give to the employer and competence in accordance with the job requirements. People are becoming so tied up in social media that they are letting the real world slip away from them in favor of updating their statuses or following what other people are doing. I think #Klout should be ignored into non-existence, or else the only people getting employed will be those who are unable to leave their computers and social media obsessions, and those of us with actual experience and relevance will be left in the cold.
 
+Dane Bosel: weak as it is (or should be), think of a Klout score like certain IT certifications (A+, MCSE, etc.). It's s stand-in for a real measure. A cert (typically) only says someone passed. It doesn't indicate how well they did, or (for some certs) that it indicates how well they'll be able to apply their knowledge to any practical problem. That's the "impression" part you mention.

All the same, prima facie, as they only allow two of the numerous social networks, and no OpenID, for authentication, they're a joke (no LinkedIn, especially no Google, no Orkut, no identi.ca, others). They've clearly therefore shown their bias for those two services and against all others.
 
First employers were firing people for tweeting inappropriate things... now employers won't hire you unless you tweet enough? Should I be worried?
 
+Joe Philipps: This is true, although for most people, whether they know it or not, their presence on the Internet via social media gives Klout the ability to rate them. I don't participate on Twitter, so my Klout score is going to be automatically lower than an avid Tweeter. From the article, it seems as though some establishments are offering better services/deals to people with higher Klout scores in the anticipation that they will get a recommendation from the person with the higher score. It's just absurd that this arbitrary rating system could potentially determine how you are treated in dealings with businesses based on how much you use Twitter, or how many interactions you have on Facebook (the irony is that we are discussing this on G+, which barely matters to Klout, hahaha.)
 
Well said. The process of social media becomes more important, for some, than the message. If everyone engages in endless cool hunting or analyzing what's trending, they miss out on what's in front of them. The more tweets one posts does not necessarily equal anything of value.
 
We cannot remain passive 'consumers' of 'content'; what did I get from my hours & hours of reading, listening, & watching the Internet?
 
+Ferdinand Zebua: Aside from carpal tunnel syndrome and the need for prescription glasses? Probably nothing. Kind of like all those hours people spend watching TV or doing crossword puzzles. Should you get preferred treatment because you watch more YouTube or post more on Twitter than some other person who doesn't? If your time spent online is strictly used for researching content to improve your skill set pertaining to your career path, people who check your Klout score will never know, nor care about that.
 
I think Klout is interesting and all that, but it really boggles my mind that some company would base their hiring decisions off the score. Their algorithm may be iffy as it is, not to mention potentially meaningless, and companies (or hiring managers) looking to use that as a metric, are probably incompetent buffoons.
 
"If your time spent online is strictly used for researching content to improving your skillset…" | And the purpose of you spending time continuing to type comments into this thread is, what? Practicing your debating skills? Proving your self-worth? Looking for more circlers? What?
 
Look, I know your "flout score is over 9000", but you must have missed the part of the conversation that didn't involve you. Also, I don't expect to gain anything at all from posting on this thread. It's just interacting with other Google+ users, which seems to be what social media is supposed to be about (not pre-screening people's coolness.) If you have anything constructive to say regarding the article, or Klout, I'd love to hear it. Have a good one.
 
+Dane Bosel , I am curious as to why you would whine about something so completely stupid. Klout is kind of terrible, and I checked his flout, it's 9001. It's pretty impressive.
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