12 Most Ingenious Things You Can Do On Klout (and Not Tell your Friends)
What is one of the most talked about and debated topics within social media today: Klout! What is it? Who has it? What does it mean? While these burning questions may not all be answered, this is a breakdown of the Klout website.
Let’s talk about all the rest in the comments, shall we?
1. Make a list!
This is a fairly new feature in Klout and people are going list crazy! You can import a current Twitter list or create a new list. Looking in people’s lists I found list titles such as: A List Tweeps, Top Peeps, Brilliant Friends, Celebrities, Fab People on Twitter and My Real Influencers.
2. Check your Klout score
You know you do it! How often is the question and how much weight to you place on it? Klout is measured on three things: True Reach, Amplification and your Network.
From Klout: The Klout Score measures influence on a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 being the most influential. Klout uses data from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Foursquare in order to measure:
- How many people you influence; (True Reach)
- How much you influence them; and (Amplification)
- How influential they are (Network Score)
The exact formula is like Kentucky Fried Chicken’s spice recipe: top secret.
3. Compare your Klout score with your friends & competitors
On a personal level, I do not like this but for business? Heck yes!
4. Check for Klout Perks
It used to be that you needed to wait for a tweet from @kloutperks, but these days you need to check on the Klout Perks button on the site and be qualified in order to receive them. A pop up will tell you if you are qualified and Klout will ship you your perk directly. Super fun to get one!
4. Add the Chrome extension
After you load the Klout Chrome extension, when you are in Chrome you will see everyone’s Klout score as they tweet.
There are two sections: people you influence and people who influence you. Also, you can add people that you feel influence you at the bottom. You can tweet the names of those whom you influence and those who influence you as well.
6. Check your dashboard
You can see your notifications for being added to others lists or gifts of +K. Always nice to thank people! You can also create your lists here & check for goodies.
7. Check your topics
The Klout topics are based upon things that you talk the most about on your Social Media networks. Seems that most people have a random topic thrown in occasionally, sometimes they are funny. You can also share the topics that you are influential on via tweet, Facebook or Linked In share.
8. Share your Klout score
Not too many people do this and for good reason, it is socially frowned upon.
Klout started this with the Legacy Achievements which update based on Unique Likers, Unique Commenters, Facebook Likes and Facebook Comments. There is also a regular Achievement section with only one badge to my knowledge: Klout OG. Are there more? Late breaking news: Summer of Klout achievement hit the site!
10. Give and receive +K
Giving someone a +K for one of their topics is one of my favorite things to do. It is like a high five and nice to receive. You can tweet it if you do give someone +K but no everyone does this. I check this section so I can say thanks to people if they didn’t tweet it. You can give five +K per day however, these do not affect Klout score.
11. Klout style
This was the first thing I found fascinating on Klout. There are sixteen different Klout styles from Explorer, Observer, Pundit to Celebrity. This to me seems the most accurate feature on Klout using your Social Media style to put you on a chart based on such things as sharing, creating, focused and listening.
12. Pretend that you weren’t interested in your Klout score.
You & I both know you looked at it! It can be our little secret though.
What are your thoughts on Klout all these features? Do you have ideas for new features? Love to hear from you!
Want more Klout info? Here is a link to the Klout FAQ.
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Article by Peg Fitzpatrick