Sunday, September 30, 2012

I keep forgetting I'm influential about amnesia.

I'm sure you've all heard of Klout, even if you haven't bothered to check out your own "score." If you haven't, then google it. I'll wait right here...

Ok, then. We all know what I'm talking about now. But can anyone explain what the point is? I get access to "perks" once in a while, but most of them aren't worth my time. I'm not big on giving free ad space in my social media to companies just to get a free product. I have to really like a thing to talk about it. Which is the most puzzling aspect of Klout, in my mind.

They track topics, you are "influential" about through your social media interactions. I can understand that. If you talk about something a lot, people might come to see you as a source of reliable information on that topic. What I'm most interested in today is how the hell Klout decides which topics a person is influential about. Get ready for the surreality, because here's my list:

  • Jeans
  • Chocolate
  • Sushi
  • Pork
  • Cookies
  • Horror
  • Pudding
  • Bacon
  • Yogurt
  • Books
  • Writing
  • Amnesia
  • Shoes
  • Conferences
  • Justin Bieber
  • Video
  • Tumblr
  • Cats

Quite a list, right? I mean, Bacon AND Pork? Wow. And what's up with Justin Bieber? Maybe it's the amnesia talking, but I don't ever remember saying anything (other than possibly a joke somewhere or other) about the Biebs.

Some of these I get. Like chocolate. And shoes. I like those things. But then why am I not influential about coffee, too? I mean, I write about coffee all the time! And sure, I post some things about my cat, so I get that, to an extent. But Conferences? Really? Is this because I tweeted something to Backspace a few times? I have no clue.

Do you have an equally bizarre and unsettling list of things that Klout has assigned to you? Post them below so we can all have a puzzled laugh about it.

In the mean time, enjoy this delicious pudding.


  1. I don't believe in Klout. There are a lot of artificial gimmicks out there (and a lot seemed to be aimed at bloggers), and this just always felt like one of them. I never signed up.

    (Says the woman who doesn't even have any "real" clout.) :D

    1. It seems completely pointless, and yet so many people are scrambling to up their meaningless scores. I don't get it at all.

  2. First of all, best blog post title ever! Definitely caught my attention!

    And, second of all, I've wondered the exact same thing about how Klout decides who is influential about what. Sometimes I give a +1 to a friend, and I see their list and think, Why aren't they considered influential about ________? And they don't even have kids, so why are the influential about parenting? (for example). And I see my own list and wonder when I ever even mentioned any of these topics. Weird, but kind of fun, too.


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