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I'm sorry you're sick again, Michelle. :( Do you think maybe something is off in your training/recovery balance? Sometimes that manifests in a below-par immune system. Are you sleeping well? Recovering from DOMS pretty quickly? Energy levels OK? Just checking...
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One of my best ever recipes!
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Don't understand SOPA? Let The Oatmeal explain it....
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Klout need to get their act together. :/
I've just tweeted out a few updates about +Klout and how my score has been osilating over the last couple of months.

For ages it was 75, then it was 80, then it was 65, then 75, then 60, then 65.... (don't really remember the order but I've been all those numbers in the last few months).

The rises and falls don't seem to have much to do with anything I do in terms of activity. I'm pretty constant with my updates across my different social media accounts.

Rather they seem to coincide with rises and falls I see others having - which makes me think its an algorithm thing. Sometimes the rises and falls seem to be shown in the charts (like the screen grab I've shown below) while other times they seem to not be indicated and my scores history changes as well as the current score.

That last paragraph or two might seem a little like I'm obsessive about my score - but I don't really look at it that much. I do however have a number of followers on Twitter who do seem to watch my score and who love to tweet me any time there's a change (usually asking what I did to get the rise or fall).

I actually don't really mind what my Klout score is - I'm not that big on numbers. What does concern me however is how many others DO seem to pay so much attention to Klout and what impact that then has.

Example 1 - I recently was chatting to a potential advertiser for my blog who told me that they'd decided against running a campaign with us because they saw my Klout score dropped 10 points and saw that as an indicator that my site was on the decline. A day later my score was back up - but that five figure advertising revenue opportunity was gone.

Example 2 - another advertiser who did do a campaign with us came to me a week after the campaign started to tell me that he believed I'd been artificially inflating my score to get their business and once I'd landed it I took the foot off the accelerator and my score dropped.

I've been hearing others report similar issues. One friend who consults has lost business due to a reduced klout score. Another landed business because his jumped.

While I guess many of us understand the jumps - not all do and when Klout is used by those people to make decisions that impact their business (and the businesses of other) I'm seeing some potential big problems.

Not quite sure what the answer is - on one level I'm fortunate enough not to have to worry too much about those lost opportunities as I'm relying less upon ad revenue)....

But on another I guess I hope the guys at @Klout understand that they're not only developing a 'cool tool' but that along with their own growing influence comes responsibility - the decisions that they make that lead to jumping scores not only impacts egos - but people's livelihood.
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The pros and cons of making a pros and cons list
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Strange things you do in your sleep... Well, at least I do anyway.
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