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While I don't put a lot of stock into Klout, it is interesting to see the numbers they come up with. When I compared myself to another user, it provided a neat "networks of influence" chart. It clearly shows that I've become a huge slacker on Twitter and Facebook since Google+ came out (which is very accurate!). :)
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Interesting that it says +Scott Stratten is most influential on Facebook; I would have thought Twitter would be his top network by far. Perhaps that shows some of the issues with a system like this...
I almost got into G+, but ended up falling out with both G+ and Facebook and sticking mostly to Twitter. Also using Klout now though, so really need to stop slacking!
Deleted myself from Klout because I felt it was affecting my behavior, and I didn't believe that the metrics they were using would create the kind of twitter I would want to hang out on.
I personally don't see any sort of value in Klout but I guess others do since its become fairly popular.
+Michael Sweeney I don't either, but it's becoming something that you need to keep an eye on simply because others are using as a rough frame of reference. The biggest problem right now is that it's too easy to game, but we'll see how that changes over time.
+Mickey Mellen Serious Question. Other than bragging rights for the average user or as a useless metric for social media guru's trying to prove their worth to clients, (Since Klout can be gamed anyways), is their a serious purpose for services like Klout? I seriously never got what the point is other than stat-competition (Like who gets more FB likes on their photos).
As an experiment, I just switched my Facebook connection on Klout from my personal profile to the +Google Earth Blog Page (which gets more interaction). I'm curious to see how it affects my score...
+Michael Sweeney The "stat competition" is certainly the biggest piece. However, some employers are looking at scores during the hiring process, hotels give free upgrades to high Klout visitors, and Klout gives away "perks" to high-scoring members.

It's certainly not something to worry about too much yet, but the fascination with it seems to be growing.
My only concern (Since stat-competition among average users is harmless) is will these perks from individual companies & a new company offering start-up equity for High-score Klout users have a negative impact on journalism or those that carry the public's trust (Bloggers, etc)? Does it provide an incentive for High profile & High score users to be misleading.
+Michael Sweeney Agreed. Also, I'm sure we'll see (if there aren't already) companies that will help to increase your Klout score for $$, making the system much less accurate (and it's already quite imperfect).
I'm a slacker on Twitter and new here at Google+. Trying to be a well rounded Social Media guy.
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