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Rethinking Klout

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

There’s been a lot said about Klout.

I don’t want to get into a rehash of what’s said before, but I want to express a couple of thoughts I have about the service.

I will say that the +K efforts that Klout rolled out is a step in the right direction. But even that has limited appeal. Let’s take a look at an example.

Below is my Klout profile, with a list of people I influence and a list of topics I’m influential about. Now, notice my bio, which was imported straight from my Twitter bio.


Yes, I have a food blog, and I write about Wisconsin a lot. Now what do tweeps think I am influential about?

Klout Topics

Milwaukee and food.

So the problem I have with +K, essentially, is that those topics (and more not pictured) are already summed up in my profile. In other words, tweeps who fill out detailed profiles don’t gain anything with +K. Sure, my score goes up, but I don’t really care about that.

What I care about is connecting. And I generally already connect with people who fill out their Twitter profile, so the +K hasn’t given me much impetus to be excited.

What I’d like to see

Let’s allow the user to have some sort of influence over the topics that are auto-generated. Or even just an immediate refresh if you delete ones you don’t think pertain to you.

As it is, experimenting with +K has reaffirmed my support for Klout as lukewarm.


Monday vlog: Social network comparison

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment
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This is where social media has taken me

August 31, 2010 2 comments

Jim Raffel published a blog post last week (“Where Can Social Media Take You?”) that he published in response to Julie Larsen’s blog post (“Amazing things happen on the way to change”).

So, where has social media taken me?

Well, it’s been about a year since I joined Twitter, and in that time, my wife and I have made a lot of connections — there’s a lot of great people out there we probably wouldn’t have met without social media — including a bunch of fellow Wisconsin food bloggers.

And those food blogging connections have taken us on a Milwaukee Food Tour and we hope to Git Down with some Gumbo in October.

I’ve also met other Waukesha area professionals from LinkedIn in a networking meeting. It was a great way to learn about others and their businesses in my community.

And in dailymile I’ve found an online community that has been a huge pillar of support as I try to reach my goal of cycling 500 miles from July to September. (I’m nearly there, and I think I’ll make it.)

Social networking for me has been a way to increase the number of people I meet, especially now that I have a limited budget and can’t afford to go out to paid gatherings every night.

Instead, I’ve been able to start building and nurturing those relationships through the social networks I venture onto most frequently. (While I do nurture some relationships on Facebook, the relationships I have there are primarily started offline and continued online.)

I know that once some of those relationships get to a certain point, we’ll have a blast taking a trip brought on by social media.

Business cards and LinkedIn

August 19, 2010 Leave a comment
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Sometimes I’m not as clean as I’d like to be. In particular, my filing system in my home office is a bit disorganized, to say the least. So I began to clean and tidy it up a bit recently and came across several business cards from people I met at recent #Milwaukeetweetups.

And then I thought, “Why not connect on LinkedIn?” So I did, and sent invitations out to a handful of people.

It’s not that far to extrapolate that LinkedIn is my new Rolodex. If you’re not on it, you’re probably not at the front of my brain when I think about networking or business.

From there, I can learn much more about you, your business, and how we can connect in the future.

So really, for me, business cards are just an invitation to connect on LinkedIn, which is where I would think to do business, anyway.

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