When Klout first came on the scene, it was all anyone in the online world talked about. What is your Klout score? How many points did your Klout score rise when you tweeted in your sleep versus when you drunk-tweeted? What do these titles like “specialist” mean? And how can I attain that?
I said at the time that I didn’t really think Klout was key to the real social media success formula, but I am a late adapter, so that wasn’t really a revolutionary stance for me to take. I explored Klout. I gave it a fair shot. I did my research. You know, I still didn’t really get the big deal.
Now Klout is in the news because everyone hates it and they are opting out (in some cases for good reasons like Klout encouraging getting minors to sign up, apparently). But again, it’s all people are talking about in my little circle of the online world, it seems. No, we’re not talking about the global economy or what Italy is doing about its meltdown or the presidential race here in the US. We’re talking about Klout. Ad Nauseam. People are writing posts and counter-posts about Klout and getting really rather worked up about it.
I’m terribly sorry because I know this will come across as being judgmental, but, well, how can I say this? There are things more important than Klout. If you find yourself getting beads of sweat on your forehead, talk to someone who isn’t in the world of social media much and ask them if they know what Klout is. My guess is that they would say, “Yes, it means a person’s status, generally, or sort of how dignified a person is or how much weight they carry.” A strange methodology for measuring social media success would probably not be the answer you hear.
I know. I’m dropping this on you cold turkey style.
Well, let me put this another way. Here are 50 things that I care about more than Klout. Maybe some of these will catch your fancy and draw you away from the Klout-pool of doom.
1. Will the little seedling that my co-worker got as a Christmas present actually start to grow?
2. What am I going to get at the grocery store tomorrow?
3. Finding out if cats have belly buttons
4. Finding out how the netti pot was created. Did someone almost drown themselves and then find they could breathe better?
6. Calimari. Why can only some restaurants cook it just right? Why isn’t this something you need to pass the test on in culinary school?
7. Why the bottom row of lights on my Christmas tree won’t light up
8. French cookies – my favorite Christmas treat
9. When it will snow
10. When I’ll see the sun again
11. When the first Browns home game not to be televised will occur
12. Whether I will ever get used to the Lion operating system
13. Whether I will go cross-eyed reading books on Kindle for iPhone
14. The things I want to read on Kindle for iPhone
17. Chocolate Bunnies
18. How truly gross those Charmin commercials with the bears are. I mean, ew.
19. Whether or not I like bananas – I still can’t decide
21. My moral conundrum about whether the new muppets are the real muppets
22. Finding out a way to watch season 4 of Breaking Bad
23. What I will wear to work tomorrow
24. Football players apparently go potty in their pants during the game. Isn’t that gross?
25. What are chickpeas? Like, what do they look like not in a can?
26. Why my lemon squares turn blue
27. Why my eggplant parmesan also turns blue
28. Sushi. I care deeply about sushi.
29. What will I plant in my garden next year?
31. Pondering if I would still believe in Santa if my mom hadn’t sat me down all those years ago
33. Wondering what a LazyGirl would be
34. Anything having anything to do with Monty Python
35. Anything having anything to do with pythons
39. Why Brad Pitt continues to get less attractive the longer he’s married to Angelina Jolie
40. My neighbors’ hideous and gratuitous Christmas light display
41. What taste buds look like
42. Why I’m agreeing with Dan Perez more often
And then some little things like…
43. The world economy
44. The presidential race
45. The plight of the refugee
47. Why so many teenagers are committing suicide
48. Why we haven’t discovered the path to equality yet
49. Why I have to have an airbag in my car when the airbag would likely kill me if it went off
Now, naturally, if you care a great deal about Klout, that is your prerogative. I’m not saying that I’m right and you’re wrong. I’m just saying, I guess, that I think there are some other things we could talk and blog about.
Oh, and dung beetles! Aren’t those things neat?!?
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