Just because it's like "teaching to the test" doesn't mean it's a good idea. As a college journalism professor, this scares me. Even if Klout were a perfect tool, what they're telling their students is its more important to use social media to promote themselves than it is to use it to find sources, story ideas and better understand the issues people are discussing.

All of my classes have a heavy dose of social media in them these days, but Klout is among the five or six big Internet trends I dismiss outright early on. I'd much rather have them increase their clout by learning how to write and report stories that people actually care about.
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