Back in November I received a lot of Klout from many Twitter friends. Because these people are so special to me, I wanted to respond in kind and give them Klout. I gave out lots of Klout and continued to receive Klout, but my score never changed. Then I realized I was spending way too much time in this make believe world. If I need Klout to survive, I need to know more about the game.
While I was pondering all these thoughts, Twitter was exploding with Tweets from unhappy people telling of their Klout scores going down for no apparent reason. It didn’t happen to everyone, just some people. Klout is unstable. When Liz Struass opted out of Klout, I asked her to write a post about why she did. Liz wrote a powerful post that gets right to the heart of the matter: Klout, My Story & Why Opting Out Was My Only Choice. She published the post on December 5 and it is still receiving comments because her words are so honest and powerful.
The great thing about the internet is that everyone can give their opinion and many do. Some people advise sticking with Klout until they get the bugs worked out of the system because your Klout score can make a difference in how fast you get your service repaired. In some cases, Klout scores also play a part in job hiring. This imaginary game with flawed algorithms can affect your life.
I’m sorry that Liz Strauss took some heat for writing that post about Klout for me, but I sure am glad she wrote it. She verbalized many of my thoughts. Even though I have a million things to do during this very busy season, my mind keeps going back to Klout. The single word that keeps floating to the top of the eight ball is HONESTY.
Klout is not an honest representation of who I am. Being comfortable in my own skin is more important to me than any type of score on my computer.
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