Klout is a Tool and Indicator for the Measurement of Social Influence. Your Klout score is a number from 1-100 that shows how influential you are across your Twitter, Facebook & eventually your LinkedIn Social Networks. Klout has over 2,000 clients using their API to show people’s Klout Scores across the Web.
Klout made the News across the Socialsphere when they introduced their overhauled Klout interface and many new features. The Klout Team recently announced + K, a new feature that enables users to give Klout to the people and accounts that influence them. This feature aims to close the gap between people that have a high Klout score because they are more active with sharing across Social Networks and those influencers who influence but are not active on Social Media. For example, you may be influenced by an author who is not very active on Twitter, you then go to his Klout profile (or eventually right on Twitter) and “+ K” them which would give them their well deserved Klout.
From the Official Klout Blog:
“We’re continuously improving our data collection and science models to offer the best analysis possible. Yet we recognize that not all influence is captured in the data we have, and our users need tools to properly provide feedback.
Therefore, we’re taking it to the next level with +K:
- Give +K on topics: If a user has recently influenced you in a topic, give them +K in that topic
- More topics: our topics model is even more accurate, and now surfaces up to 10 topics per user
- Hide topics: You can now opt to hide your topics from public display
With the +K system, you’ll see a +K button next to all users’ topics: this is a 1-click way to let us know that this user has recently influenced you in this topic.”
Robert Scoble interviews Joe Fernandez, CEO and Founder of Klout to discuss the current state of Klout and the latest feature.
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