Kred, another influence ranking site, has begun to create Top 50 Lists of various “influencers” in a smart bid for more publicity for their product. Recently they launched their Top 50 Mommy Bloggers list, which includes familiar names such as The Pioneer Woman, The Bloggess, Scary Mommy – and in the number one spot queen of the Twitter party Amy Lupold Bair of Resourceful Mommy.
Kred – unlike Klout – is actually transparent about their process for assigning scores. Here’s what they have to say about their service.
Kred scores reflect Trust and Generosity, the foundations of strong relationships. All of our Kred badges show Influence Scores on the upper left and Outreach Levels on the lower right.
Influence is the ability to inspire action. It is scored on a 1,000 point scale. … Outreach reflects generosity in engaging with others and helping them spread their message.
In full disclosure, yes, I am on this list, and yes, I’ll confess that I’m a bit flattered (who doesn’t like being include on a list of the top anything, right?). But I’m admittedly a bit skeptical about the overall idea of lists like this, because after all, they are a publicity stunt to some extent (yes, even Babble’s own lists, YES).
There’s also no doubt that Kred, like Klout, is heavily based on Twitter rather than other influence factors; for instance, Heather Armstrong of Dooce doesn’t factor on this list and all and you can’t really have a Top 50 Mommy Bloggers list without her without it being a rather glaring admission.
Regardless, this is a smart play on Kred’s part – particularly in including mom bloggers on the list. We LOVE lists.
Check out Babble’s Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2011 right here.