If you haven’t heard of Klout, maybe you should educate yourself. Seth Stevenson tells you why:
Out of curiosity, I looked up Klout’s Klout score: 87.
Justin Bieber’s is 100 (the highest possible score).
J. Craig Venter’s is 39 according to the article, though it just shot up to 42.
Steve Fuller’s is 43 today.
Mine is also 43 today.
So, that should tell you something about the algorithm they use.
Klout also thinks I’m influential about Buddhism. The only reason they’d think this is because Steve Fuller (@profstevefuller) once replied to one of my tweets (@jbrittholbrook) claiming that I was trying to smuggle “crypto-Buddhism” into science policy. I have no idea why they think I’m influential about something they call “particle” — though that seems to have dropped way down the list recently.
Will my life improve if my Klout score goes up? Perhaps, in all sorts of meaningless ways. But then should I care about my Klout score?