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Jessica Land
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From the same guy who brought us "Dirty Words: A Probing Analysis of 5000 Call Girl Reviews"

(Article and infographics are G+ friendly, aka work-safe.)

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And the Greek system is worthwhile and should continue existing because...?

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"Are you serious about privacy? Then do something about it that matters. Let’s have some original thinking on the matter instead of another dozen Klout tantrums."

Exactly.

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Speaking of Facebook . . .

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You probably already know this, but I love Klout. I'm on the Klout Squad, and I've done work for them. So, I disagree with much of this article, even if the last two sentences echo my feelings on the Klout-hate that's been populating the net for the past month.

For the record, a very small percentage of users actually deleted their Klout accounts during this turmoil. So, the results of the algorithm change, the misplaced privacy concerns over PUBLIC data, and the nasty articles has been minimal, to say the least.

Now, I can see how the minors thing upset people, but I'm not sure you should be signing your minor child up for social media services in the first place, especially if you're encouraging them to lie about their age in order to create an account, like the woman featured in the anti-Klout NY Times article did. That woman needs to point the finger at herself first, before she starts playing the blame-game. (FYI: they have already changed certain features in response to privacy concerns, which is more than Facebook is usually willing to do.)

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Google+ is now factored into the Klout score. Perhaps this will cause me to use Google+ more, though it still won't approach my level of activity on Twitter or Facebook. Regardless, this is one of the most comprehensive posts I've seen by Klout regarding scoring mechanism, as well as being the most thorough explanation of a change in scoring to date, in my opinion.

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I think real storytellers will always tell stories. I also think the generic proliferation of existing stories only makes the embellishments a storyteller can give all the more interesting.

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People were pissed when this rolled out yesterday. I expect it to continue.

My take: The algorithms improved; networks were equalized; playing field leveled. Such changes could not have occurred without a shift in scores, in general. Twitter power users were destined to fall the hardest.

And, yes, my score fell. However, since I pay attention, I saw this coming over a week ago. I'm also a member of the Klout Squad and knew something was happening because we got a tiny look at it a couple weeks ago; nothing directly score related though. After I read this blog post from Joe Fernandez last week, I had a pretty good idea what was in store: http://corp.klout.com/blog/2011/10/a-new-era-for-klout-scores/

These changes are a good thing. I hope people will take the time to adapt, instead of jumping ship over a reduction in their over-inflated ego.

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"Discussions about trafficking also reveal a xenophobic dimension; namely, that women from the Third World make the 'irrational' choice to migrate and are duped or tricked into sex work. In my experience, the migrant women I met in Dubai were neither stupid nor duped. Instead, they had made a difficult but rational choice to leave family and loved ones behind in search of wage-earning possibilities, adventure, or stability."
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