Had an interesting exchange with +Jay Baer
on the Klout topic last week. I view Klout as an impossible reduction of subjective idea to an objective number. Like trying to give a rating to whether "today is a nice day". Labeling it a "7" means nothing because "nice" varies from person to person, and all our scales differ.
Jay made some great points about the semantic issues in choosing the name Klout, and other items I hadn't considered before, but seemed to feel there was some measurable values in the mix. Wish I could find his comment, but searching old G+ posts is still maddening to me.
Either way the end result is a short cut that is going to cause headaches for many real professionals in several fields. It will rise in visibility, which will encourage people to game it, which will eventually weaken its value... like Twitter followers before it, etc.
Maybe I should quit complaining and just figure out what the next Arbitrary Social Score (ASS) will be after Klout and get ahead of the curve. There's money to be made in giving people your ASS.