E N Brown
said 6 months, 2 weeks ago:
Ahem. When I very first saw Klout I thought it was cool and wanted a good number. Then I realized I did not really care one way or the other. It’s just a number right? That seems to be the opinion of most, if not all of the folks here, and I agree in principle.
The thing is, a Klout score is becoming important now. Read this article posted in April of this year at wired and see how it will make a difference to you too:
I have never worked at my Klout score consciously, at all. However mine has consistently remained well above 50 – It’s at 60 now and has been higher and has been lower too, at times. I don’t check it often and when I do see it, it’s when I look at, or update some page, like about.me, as it shows there as well as some other places now too (don’t ask me to name them, I forget!).
Since I need to update the about.me I’ve been going there frequently when I have time this past week and I noticed my Klout score changing. Otherwise I’ve not paid attention to it – because I don’t care what it is, as long as it does not dip below 50, I feel like I am safe. Safe from what?
Like the article says, many companies are considering using (and many already do utilize) the Klout scores for a number of services:
— “Matt Thomson, Klout’s VP of platform, says that a number of major companies—airlines, big-box retailers, hospitality brands—are discussing how best to use Klout scores. Soon, he predicts, people with formidable Klout will board planes earlier, get free access to VIP airport lounges, stay in better hotel rooms, and receive deep discounts from retail stores and flash-sale outlets. “We say to brands that these are the people they should pay attention to most,” Thomson says. “How they want to do it is up to them.” —
It might be worth it in the future if we all have a nice Klout number. So saying you don’t care (me in particular) means I could be standing in line longer than a lot of people. And not get preferential treatment at hotels (not that I have ever had that anyway) and although I won’t be looking for a job, it would be nice to know my Klout score would not keep me out of the job market.
So before we throw out the baby with the bath water, even though we don’t want to care, maybe we should, just a little. When you slap a mule on the rear end, you’re gonna get kicked, you know?