So, I just logged into my Klout account and guess what? I am the shiz. Seriously. Apparently, I am most influential about, wait for it……California! Oh Klout, you have lost all credibility in my eyes. The only time I have tweeted about California is to mock you for implying I’m influential about California. I have never been to California, I have no plans to visit California, and I know nothing about California, unless you count the fact that I occasionally see movies and many movies come from CALIFORNIA. That must be it. Ok, let’s see what else I’m “influential” about. Ottawa. Ok, makes sense, since it is where I live. Next on the list, moms. Hmmm, how am I influential about moms? Is it that I know many? Then I don’t think that makes me influential, it means I hang with my peer group. Next is parenting. This one makes me giggle. I hope to God I am not influencing people on how to parent. The only benefit I can see to this is our kids might be able to get a group rate for counseling down the road. I do not try to influence people on the way they parent. Believe me. Mostly because I’m feeling my way through this whole gig, just like the rest of you. If you have in any way been influenced on parenting by me in the past, I apologize. I also ask that you please sign my special waiver releasing me from any liability.
The other thing that makes me the bomb on Klout is my score which was a respectable 68. That was of course until I started taking weekends off from social media and you know, parenting, and then my score dropped. Seriously? I’m punished for being offline for the weekend? I also get dinged when I go on vacation or if I *gasp* spend too much time talking to people less “influential”. You know what Klout? You’re kind of making me sick. I think you’re influential in popularity contests. And high school. So there.
And what do I get for all my social media efforts that I feed into the Klout database? Deodorant. Yup, that’s my perk. I was offered deodorant. So, outside of implying I stink, Klout has not really provided me with much of anything, except occasional insecurity. Any benefit I’ve ever got from Twitter or blogging is from building honest relationships with people, making new friends and being me. I think, that’s called doing it the old-fashioned way.
Now, apparently I can get more Klout if I add more of my social networking sites like Instagram, YouTube, FourSquare, etc. But who’s really benefiting from that? Me or Klout? So, I think I’m going to stop feeding the monster that you’ve become Klout. Drop my number, increase my number. I don’t care. I don’t walk around with a number over my head in the real world and I’m not a big fan of doing it in my virtual one. I have no idea if I’m burning bridges here or not. Is this the day after all that someone is going to look at my Klout score and say “This woman is incredibly influential, sign her up for a million dollar contract talking about California, Parenting and Moms!” Hmmm, probably not.
My dear friend, Lisa wrote about Klout last month and I said “D’oh, I was going to write about my frustration with Klout!” and she said “Nyah, nyah, nyah, beat you to it sucker!”*** But I have more Klout than her anyway. Go check out her great post on it here.
***she didn’t really say that, but I bet she was thinking it