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This Week’s Topic: Klout
In case you missed it, this past weekend I posted “Klout 101: What the Heck Is It and Why Should I Care?” all about the social media influence measurer Klout. I was curious about this tool myself, since I didn’t know much about it beyond “Oh, look at my score. That’s nice.” I’m no expert, that’s for sure, but doing some research for that post and reading all of the entries and posts I found on the topic has really made me want to start using the site more often! On the other hand, there is also a downside to using Klout, so it is definitely important to think about this tool with a critical eye. If you want to learn more about Klout, the following brilliant posts are an awesome place to start!
Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:
Digital Influence Recalibrated, Part 1: Understanding Klout’s Measurement Spectrum by Olivier Blanchard
This is just the first of a series of posts on The Brand Builder blog about social media influence. It’s a really thoughtful series that I highly recommend – it explains what Klout is, why is is important, and some of the problems with Klout’s system. You can follow Olivier on Twitter @thebrandbuilder.
I highly recommend this post for two reasons: It is a great discussion of the limitations of Klout and it includes a comment from Klout’s CEO Joe Fernandez addressing a number of the points Jeremiah made in his post. Check it out and follow him on Twitter @jowyang.
The Klout Myth and Living Above The Influence by Dan Perez
This post is unlike most of the others you’re read on the topic. While Klout can certainly be an important tool to use, the lessons we learn about digital influence from Klout can – and should – be applied to the more important things in life. Head to Dan’s blog to read the full post and follow him on Twitter @danperezfilms.
BONUS POST: 16 Strategies to Win Over Online Influences Using Klout by Scott Hepburn
Usually I only pick three brilliant bloggers to highlight, but I just couldn’t stop myself from going for a frouth this week. This post by Scott at Media Emerging is AWESOME because it explains how you can use Klout to totally rethink the way you blog. LOVE IT. Follow Scott on Twitter @scotthepburn.
Even More Brilliant Advice:
- 4 Ways Klout Can Evolve by Geoff Livingston (@geoffliving)
- Ascent of the Social-Media Climbers by Beth Teitell
- Can you Trust your Klout score? by Daniel Lovell (@danlovell)
- Can Your Klout Score Change Your Life? Or Get You a Job? by Mark Babbitt (@youternmark)
- How Important is Klout? by Ryan Morben
- How to Accidentally Build Your Klout by John Hewitt (@poewar)
- How to Stop Talking about Influence by Francisco Rosales (@socialmouths)
- I calculated my Klout Score and all I got was a chip on my shoulder by Jas Banwait (@jasbanwait)
- In Defense Of Klout Measurement For Social Media Influence by Neal Schaffer (@nealschaffer)
- Influence That! by Danny Brown (@dannybrown)
- Influencing the Influencer by Brian Solis (@briansolis)
- The Joe Fernandez Interview: Klout CEO Says “Be Engaging and Be Consistent” by Julio R. Varela (@julito77)
- Klout as a Tool for Community Managers: Why I Don’t Buy It by Maggie (@maggielmcg)
- Klout Doesn’t Measure What Really Matters by Margie Clayman (@margieclayman)
- Klout In The Cracker Jack Box by Matthew Browne (@matthewliberty)
- Klout is Necessary by Trey Pennington (@treypennington)
- Klout: Is this really what it’s all about? by Jacqueline Wilson (@writrams)
- Klout is the New Followers Counts by Michele McGraw (@scrappinmichele)
- Klout, Schmout by Erica Allison (@ericamallison)
- The Klout Score, a Way to Measure Online Influence by Curt Finch (@clf99)
- Klout, The Tinkerbell Effect Remix by Mitch Lieberman (@mjayliebs)
- Klout With A Hint Of Reach by John Matthews (@linktrap)
- On Influence by Marshall Sponder (@webmetricsguru)
- Should We Be Keeping Score on Twitter? Klout Thinks So by Mathew Ingram (@mathewi)
- What Every Company Needs to Understand about Influencers and Reaching Them by Mack Collier (@MackCollier)
- What Is Your Influence Report Card by Heidi Cohen (@heidicohen)
- What’s Your Klout Worth? by Jason Cupp (@jasoncupp)
- Why Klout doesn’t Count: Putting Social Media Influence in Context by Matt Owen (@Lexx2099)
Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about Klout? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link!
Next Week’s Topic: Commenting on Other Blogs
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