People are upset, mad, annoyed, even sad that their Klout scores have dropped a few points on the new system. Americans are finding out that they have less klout than they thought. Turns out, tweeting about your dog’s birthday doesn’t raise your influence among your peers after all. What a blow to the ego!
Checking your Klout profile is certainly addicting; I’m not saying I’m innocent in this movement. I was more than a little confused when I checked my Klout and the website told me my score had raised several points in the last 30 days, but it was actually lower than when I last checked it. I know I’m not the only person that checks their Klout score to see if it has gone up after a couple Twitter chats – which generally mean tons of re-tweets and new followers.
But over all, I don’t think the new Klout system is that bad. I would rather know how influential I actually am to my Twitter followers and Facebook friends (and WordPress followers, and last.fm friends, among other measurements…) than be disillusioned and think that people care about what I have to say when I’m not even on their radar.
Klout has tried to change the social media game, and they succeeded for a little while – but is this week’s outrage enough for people to stop checking their Klout scores? It will be really interesting to watch what comes out of this.