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Tuesday
Aug072012

Your KLOUT score how much does it matter? 

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so I guess by now youre on klout. Yes I am too, I'm on everything, at last count I was on and contributing to 20 social media platforms.

 Now, those of you who have followed me for years, know I used to write on Tech on this blog and other platforms, but then  last year  it began to bore me stiff, so excuse this brief journey through techland.

Today klout told me I use facebook more whereas in the past, I was on twitter.  Really useful yeah,I dont really believe the score on Klout,  Mine has been  up and down in the fifties for some time now, but then recently dropped to the forties, after they had a problem with the alogrithim, shock and horror! Well I don't take it  that seriously and nor should you.

 Newsflash ! I havent been on social media as much this month I've been too busy.

Lets start at the top ... Justin Bieber, how hard is it to work out that his groupies move in millions not hundreds, anyone who hasn't been asleep continuously  in the last 2 years could work that out, even if they didnt factor in his fan pages.

Then theres the list of people I know who should be on Klout  as major influencers, who don't even have a klout account. Maybe they cancelled last year when Techcrunch and many other techies wrote articles about them being a waste of time. I have read that Klout refuses to cancel accounts and merely suspended them so quite often theres the old account and the new one side by side appearing in the search, as if there were two independant people ... yeah useful-



Many people are still obssessed with Klout, although many industry leaders think they have lost trust, and refuse to reveal how they measure ( apparently because of competition). I will be watching this.
I've conducted my own little expeiment this week and this is what I've found.

Like quite a few others, I dont have only one twitter  account that I tweet from, they measure my influence independently  for @ wisequeen and  @winesocialclub,  that's   understandable. I'm diluting my Klout by not putting all my eggs in one basket if you'll excuse the mixed metaphor.

Then theres the fact, that to be a good Klouter you should have all your social presence linked up in klout so they can measure you across the web. I was and am  an  early adopter of everything from google plus  to flipboard to instagram, to tumblr,  

but my linked in page is apparently linked in wrong, and they can't fix it,  I've tried linking and un-linking it during my Klout  experiment week: as they told me this was hurting my score. I don't do a whole lot over at linkedin other than linking to my twitter etc,

So if you want a good score,  link it all up,
dont give-- but rather take mostly and others should quote, like or RT your content more than you do theirs.  The opposite of being  social,  yes..
Being antisocial 


Then apparently you should conduct yourself thus  (how quite a few of  the ones in the know do),  have very few people you follow and instead have tons of followers.

This ratio is important!!  its not rocket science  I know, but stay with me here, - leading many to unfollow after people follow them. So for example they may have, 400 they are  following and yet 4'000 or 40,000 followers;
making them much more influential acording to Klout.

 

YAWN::: 0


yes many techies even  state on the site policy,  they will not even bother to follow you unless you have more than 4,000 followers!!

 Well that  leaves me  safe, then,( I  have  5,800 in @wisequeen and 1,500 approx in @winesocialclub, collectively about 8,000 ( winesocialclub being my newer account).

 But No, ,  because I follow back  most  people who follow me, and I try to give back, more than I take online. heres my TWITTER


 P.S. Twitter matters the most on klout.

Then recently in another act of anti-socialsharing, many people removed the google+ button they had for sharing posts on their blogs, as it was slowing them down. Other people like me stopped using foursquare to publicise their movements, because it was annoying people who had to wade through location tweets on three platforms, and so  were being unfollowed.

People who had followed me for years since 2007 in my other twitter account.  told me  that now  you've joined foursquare Donna we are being swamped, you move too much"  : ) true I  travel a lot!  so I stopped with foursquare location tweets, and location on fb and twitter everywhere replaced that.   Klout tells me this is a bad move.. I should be on foursquare, I'm not and I wont be anymore, same story happened with Gowala. 

Many major influencers migrated from fb to google+ because google owned everything.. is klout punishing them for this?

If you are in the top layer scores in the eighties and above  which is very crowded with celebs, as is the bottom, your klout score becomes less  relevent, its the middle that counts, most people are not hiring VIP and celebs ,  and as so many people have said, it really doesnt, matter.

What should matter, and certainly doesnt seem to matter to klout, and its siblings is that real stats and usable data that are useful to leaders and influencers, are not being delivered.


as Chris Brogan a real  major influencer, recently posted :  "Give us stats measurements and information we can use, act on , thats useful.  read it here.


Forget about your Klout score, even my blog has better measurements than they do.
end of experiment.

I'm blogging over at tumblr and loving Pinterest   too, which has grown faster than them all,  its so easy to reblog, always loved it, hope it continues to stay strong. My prediction is they are the future and they  will.

Follow me there and start your own blog.  Do you have real Clout online and in real life?  

How is your score doing?

Monday
Nov152010

The Owen Meany of the webspace, Trust Agent Chris Brogan

 

 

So as you saw from my last post I'm changing the flavour up a bit here and going back to my original voice. as Dr Seuss said 

"You are you, that's truer than true, theres no one else thats youer than you". 

So yesterday evening we stepped out for an autumn walk, I had been office-bound with my digits superglued to my computer for days. As we went out the door I grabbed two things as a last reflex, my umbrella and my iphone which I slipped into my jacket.

It turned into a long walk as we set a target for the next village, five miles away, it was raining softly but I was happy, and I speak only for myself here, as it had been raining for a week solid. Italians are never happy when it rains they go into a deep funk, and the Grinch next to me was no exception..

We walked along with me discovering that my legs go left right, left right, what a buzz! I had forgotten how I love that movement, I have twice done a 87 km ultra marathon of speedwalking, when I was fitter and leaner, pre blogging, now I have bloggers bum. The Grinch's fur kept him warm enough in the fog.

It was a good hour and a half's walking, after going down one way street and turning back to find the two bars we knew closed, we suddenly came upon a new candlelight cosy winebar, new to us as if in a mirage.

It was lovely as only a winebar after a cold wet walk can be to a winelover like myself.  It would have been lovely to a Mormon who had never touched a drop of wine. and it was lovely to us.

 

We got a table, it was six thirty and the place gradually filled up with couples. I had a great glass of  Traminer and as we sat there the Grinch and I, enjoying the spread of aperitivi they put out ,all was well with the world. I dried out my shoes on the radiator, ate vitello tonnato and crostini and kicked back to drink in the ambience as my legs got used to that ache. I was deeply satisfied.

Yes, so what has this got to do with Chris Brogan I hear you impatiently ask? Well wait I'm getting there.

Realising I now had to walk back the same six kms  to get home, I started to be extra nice to the Grinch, some might even say solicitous, because I hoped he would have a fitness desire and offer to go back and get the car parked  back at the warm home we had left it behind, on this cold November night when we went out for a stroll that turned into 6kms..

My powers of persausion werent needed, as the Grinch sneered his sneer which was almost a grin by now, and said. "Hey why don't I walk back and bring the chariot?"  and I smiled a whoish smile and said "Why how kind and gentalmanly of you!

As I sat alone at  the best  table in a room that had now swelled to capacity with people climbing over each other to get to the bar with throbbing dance music blaring,  I noticed a little sign they had stuck on my table "booked for 8.30".

Which meant I was occupying a prime table which people were making eyes at.

So what the Dickens has this got to do with Chris Brogan? Well I'm getting to it!!

I groped around in my pocket  and wadda you know! An iphone! AND it had enough battery power!

This is exactly the moment that Steve Plobs or whatever his name is, or was it Gluckerberg? conceived of when he decided to design a little box of tricks called an iphone, except I wasnt going to phone. No sireeeee, I was going to check my mail box which was stacked as high as Mount Tamaro, make that four mail boxes ( I'm collecting  them)

So as I logged into wisequeen at grinch mail .com. What came up as my daily bread among all the begging letters, offers to lengthen my toggle, and promises of better storage?

THIS -  What we let slip away -Chris Brogan

I stopped  fiddling and read. Reading in a wine bar on my Steve Plobs magic box. ahh!!! what sweet pleasure. This fingertip poem was at my fingertips.

  And this advice on writing....

I started following Chris Brogan's blog way back in the day,  when I was hired by a Canadian blogging network to write about Digital money, back in the day before Twitching was invented. Whats that thing,?Twitting, twiching whatever....

Since then, his posts land in my box with the satisfying thud and gravitas that a newspaper thrown onto your porch gives you.

This meat and potatoes man,  who probably still showers with a bar of soap, and probably doesn't even own a tube of hair gel,  who I have since watched influence hoards and speak on international stages has crept into our hearts like Owen Meany did, by his sheer simplicity. I notice  his refusal to drink his own bathwater as so many narcissistic  soc med gurus do.

He dislikes the word guru used here as much as I do, I know, I've interviewed him, tweeted with him and will again learn, above all, I've learned about connecting and being a Trust Agent from him.

Hes not a GURU instead hes a GRU (the Italian word for a crane) something that's essential for building, lifting and rising up from the ground.

So as I read through two weeks of Broganish posts all as useful and sticky as the next, I spend a joyful hour amongst the crush, and giggles of Italians communing in a wine bar, and I knew that I had another question to ask this blue collar hero.

How do you stay so humble and focused?

If you need to know about becoming a Trust Agent and a little more human, look no further than the chance to hear him speak on b2b marketing #b2beu his subject, at Berlin on Dec 1 and 2 I will be there too.

The Grinch came back and sneered his sneer "your chariot is outside and his eyes shone yellow under the lamplight as I was wisked away still connected to my magic box., another couple were smugly moving onto that table and the candle light shone though the windows..

@wisequeen

Donna Jackson

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