Sunday, December 09, 2012
Who's Got Klout? Another Social Network
I recently signed up for the social networking site, Klout. Yes, Klout means exactly what you think it does--who has clout or influence over other people on different subjects from blogging to business? Basically it takes all your social networking accounts and puts them together and assesses how active you are and how people interact with you, and then you get a score for your "Klout."
I've been using it all week, and my Klout score is rising, and I've added new sklls, and I've earned Klout Perks (which are like coupons to use at businesses for things like business cards), and I'm still asking myself: Who cares? How is this not a waste of my time?
Does it matter if my score is 17 like it was when I first started or 59 like it is today? Am I selling more books with an above average score? Is WOW! getting more hits because my Klout score went up? Am I getting higher paid freelance writing assignments? The answer to all these is no. I, for the life of me, cannot figure out why having a high Klout score wil really help you--except maybe if it helps your self-esteem.
If you are on Twitter, you've probably seen tweets that say things like, "I gave +K to @womenonwriting for blogging expertise." Here's what Klout's website says about this program, "Anyone can recognize you for your influence by giving you +K. You can do the same for others by visiting their profiles and clicking the Give +K button by the topics they influence you about."
Okay, so again, my question is, "So what? How do I use this? How do I use Klout to gain more readers for WOW!? How do I use Klout to sell books?""
I've played around with Klout and read some. I know very few people worrying about Klout. So here's my question: if you are a writer, blogger, published author, or editor/publisher and are using Klout, what do you do with it? How does it benefit you?
Thanks for sharing, and here's hoping you have a high score on Klout!
Post by Margo L. Dill; Margo is the author of the newly released middle-grade historical fiction book, Finding My Place: One Girl's Strength at Vicksburg (http://margodill.com/blog/finding-my-place/).