Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Anyone Heard of This?

Okay. I realize I'm often the last to know about these things, since I'm not afraid to admit how techtarded I am, but has anyone out there heard of Klout.com? While paranoidly checking page 2 of my own Google profile for anything untoward (like that one horrible short story that refuses to go 404 error and die), I ran across my Klout listing for the first time. Apparently, I am an influencer regarding dogs, books, and writing, in that order. But I'm only a "dabbler," so I guess I'm not that influential in the larger scope of things, so I should just get over it and stop Googling myself.

With that disclaimer in mind, however, my question is still, Really? I have a dog, a wonderful dog who's sitting right next to me as I type this, but I don't often (if ever) mention him. So how'd I rate as a dog-topic person before writing and books? I know it's silly to second-guess search engines and such, but I'm perplexed. Maybe it's the comments I make about other people's dogs? I have cats, too, but I guess they're a secret.

14 comments:

Cat Winters said...

I stumbled upon the site a week or two ago. I'm a "conversationalist" with influence in vampires, music, and books. The husband is bummed because he has no Klout. I'm guessing this is all drawn from Twitter.

Ara Burklund said...

Aha! You must be a couple levels up from me. That's too funny about your hubby. : )

Suzanne Casamento said...

I have no idea what that means. NONE at all. I'm afraid to look myself up.

Ara Burklund said...

Me neither, Suzanne. I think it's linked to twitter, like Cathy said.

Dana Elmendorf said...

Okay, so I went to check this out. I hate Klout. I have no Klout. I have no topics!? Really? I talk about music and books on twitter, FB and my blog. Klout has not Klout. Stupid Klout. I am officially grumpy.

Ara Burklund said...

Oh, no! That's really strange--you're on twitter way more than I am. Now I'm even more curious what they base their ratings on.

Cat Winters said...

I think Dana's lack of influence is a temporary glitch. My influence is now gone for both my Twitter accounts, although it was there last week. Either that, or Klout has finally figured out my ramblings have no effect on other people's lives. ;-)

Leslie Rose said...

Okay, I'm going to dare to do a Klout hop. Here goes...

Ara Burklund said...

Cathy~I think mine's about to disappear, too. I noticed it seems to be going down.

Leslie~You're sure to have a higher score than mine! Have fun!

Adrienne said...

Never heard of this...but I'm not on Twitter and rarely on FB, so I doubt I'm on the radar.
Funny, I remember you mentioning your cats, but not the dog!

Ara Burklund said...

Thanks, Adrienne! I kept wondering if my memory was faulty. Have a wonderful Christmas! : )

Gail Shepherd said...

Klout is notoriously wrong about people's spheres of influence, but it's usually good for a joke. I think Klout sifts through Facebook, twitter, and other social media mentions about you, along with posts you make on your blog, etc, to give you a rating.They use a pretty common marketing metric to figure you out. It's weird, but we are definitely in a world where its extremely easy to gather a LOT of information about anyone. Not that the info is necessarily correct.

Leslie Rose said...

Happy New Year, Ara. BTW, I'm a 21 on the Klout scale. I think that makes me nearly kloutless. I should have asked Santa for more klout in my stocking.

Ara Burklund said...

Gail~Thanks for the info! So true about the electronic world being a strange place where information gets twisted.

Leslie~Ha! I think you're still higher than me! ; )