Oy, who’d have thought I’d write about Klout three times in a week, but luckily this story is a refreshing change, particularly in the wake of the news that your Klout score might be impacting hiring at some companies.
Maybe it’s because those doing the hiring are Klouchebags.
This amusing new website that sprung up out of basically nowhere is the creation of Tom Scott, who claims “I got annoyed with the fuss around Klout, the horrible social-game that assigns you a score based on how “influential” you are online. This is the result.”
Mr. Scott claims that he built Klouchebag in just a few hours and primarily uses your Twitter stream to determine your Klouchebag rating.
As to what the ratings mean, here’s what he has to say.
Klouchebag uses the ARSE rating system. Anger: profanity and rage. Retweets: “please RT”s, no or constant retweeting, and old-style. Social Apps: every useless checkin on foursquare or its horrible brethren. And English Usage: if you use EXCLAMATION MARKS OMG!!! or no capitals at all, this’ll be quite high.
But my favorite quote of his relates to Klout itself in response to the claim, “But my Klout rank is important!”
No it’s not. It’s like search engine optimisation, only for yourself. Ignore it. Concentrate on making amazing things, caring about the people around you, and not being a douchebag. If you do that, then you’ll soon realise that it doesn’t matter one jot what an algorithm thinks of you.
Happily, I’m not quite a Klouchebag. I qualify as “Noisy” and a “retweet abuser.”
I think I can live with that.