Does Honesty and Hard Work Count in Today’s World

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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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  1. says

    It’s so difficult to be measured by these so-called objective criteria that are somehow supposed to represent the type of person we are.

    Liz’s post was terrific and I think it set out how many people feel about Klout and how it did or did not do what it purported to do. It saddens me to think that I’m just a number – whether it be twitter followers, facebook friends or Klout score.

    I always think about the word ‘influence’, as it is thrown around so often. I think of Rosa Parks and her imprint on Civil Rights and how society made her bigger than she was. I don’t think anyone would argue that her action was a key turning point in the Civil Rights movement. But if measured by today’s standards, all that happened to her was going viral. She became an unwitting face of a movement. Today, that happens all the time.

    Measurements of influence, such as Klout, do not take into account that most of us have off-line lives. To say that Justin Bieber or Kim Kardashian is more influential than, say, Doug Ulman who is the CEO of the Livestrong Foundation makes me wonder on what level. There are people doing amazing things, every day, but because they’re not a pop star or put on a pedestal by peers then they’re no better than the masses. That’s unfortunate.

    I know wonderful people who are doing amazing work to make the world a better place, for which no Klout score could ever do justice. If we buy in to our own importance and measure ourselves as ‘better than’ someone else based on a secret algorithm then I think we’ve forgotten why we should be doing good things. 

    • Anonymous says

      Wow! I totally agree with what you say! Excellent examples of people doing good things without getting all the fan fare of a rock star. Thank you for sharing.

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