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The New Klout Algorithm & How You Can Make It Work For You

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This piece was written by Michael Q Todd and it's one of the best articles I've seen written about Klout in recent days.

I personally feel that your focus should be on consistently posting great content aimed at the right audience building community around your contribution and participation.

Whether we like it or not, Klout is not going away anytime soon and Michael has some good suggestions about how to build and maintain your Klout score. It will be interesting to see how Kred, (Klout's competitor) measures your online influence but for now, that remains to be seen.


"It seems that your Klout score is now determined by your level of activity and attraction across all 12 of the networks they score. 

**My own score did not get “hit” nearly as hard as many did last week and I firmly believe that this is because I spend time and effort on places other than Facebook and Twitter.

I also believe Klout have it right here and that a multitude of places should be taken into account.

They have gone out on something of a limb here and staked their reputation on this highly different algorithm becoming more popular and meaningful.

I believe it will become so. I also believe that more and more networks will be added.

As something of a student of “influence online” my advice would be to get involved as much as you can in some of the “secondary networks” as they may not all be secondary forever and obviously Klout does not see them as secondary.

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Can Content Curators of Today Help Find Old Meanings & Lost Information?

Can Content Curators of Today Help Find Old Meanings & Lost Information? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

Amanda Bell, grammar school principle looks at content curation today and feels  barrier to entry is nonexistent and may be hampering our ability to find information that has any depth and may not be accurate. She worries that this will not be good especially for young people who are just starting out beginning to learn about the world.


My input:


I say, curation is a news delivery system for those who have already found their trusted sources and a research tool for those who have not.  We're at the beginning stages on content curation, cream always rises to the top.  I am definitely of the opinion that those who are driven to learn and understand something will delve deeper to find the truth no matter what.


What do you think?




In an article posted by Popova about Eli Pariser's new book, The Filter Bubble: Algorithm vs Curator & the Value of Serendipity, she asks whether it is a good thing that the web filters content for us.


It can be argued that old media (newspapers, radio, television) have always been selective and in more recent times their reach has spread beyond a single city or country. In fact, there has been global sanitising of the media networks' news headlines owing to the immediacy of access to information (including each other's information) thanks to effective and fast new communication technologies.


The question here, however, is whether the role of curator is any more sophisticated in these online contexts than the old media position of editor.


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Google gives peek as its infamous algorithm and Cracksdown on Content Scrapers

Google gives peek as its infamous algorithm and Cracksdown on Content Scrapers | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |
Google releases a short video that details some of the famously secret technology that ranks certain sites above others.


Here's what caught my attention:


Now that Google now relies on so many different ways for ranking sites, the algorithm may be actually losing relevance."I think there are so many factors for ranking sites, they are not as concerned with people trying to scam the algorithm anymore."

"With all of these other things like Google authorship and so on, there's a bigger issue here that they are going to try and reward quality content. I don't think this is very surprising, then."


Stewart says the push from Google towards authorship, and around associating content with particular authors instead of random sites, is one factor. Another is that Google is also now ensuring search rankings may be different for each users based on if their friends in social circles have shared that content.


"Google is now becoming a monolith. Things like Google+ and authorship are creating this system, whereby if you are determined to be scamming the algorithm you could just lose your entire Google profile. They've got a much bigger stick now."

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Content Curation is on the Verge of its 2nd Wave of Evolution!

Content Curation is on the Verge of its 2nd Wave of Evolution! | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

I was happy to see this article written by Beverly Macy, CEO of Gravity Summit, LLC and author of "The Power of Real Time Social Media", for the Huffington Post.  My very good friend Karan Bavandi is quoted in here and believe me, he really knows his stuff!


Here's what he said:


Karan Bavandi, Founder and CEO of KBucket , is a leading voice in this burgeoning area of content curation. KBucket seeks to be the Internet's first 'User Authored Search Content' site. "Curation is more than filtering the stream, its maintaining a topic," says Karan.


"A curator is someone with domain expertise who follows a topic, selects what's relevant, and then organizes the information in a way that helps us better understand the big picture. A serious curation solution combines organization and search as part of its offering."


Companies like KBucket will help bring the content ecosystem together by logically rating, tagging, and contextualizing the content to help us make sense of it. They'll provide tools to search and curate content and then help marketers mine the social influence that matters.


When that happens, social business might actually produce currency you can bank on. So let's remember that we at the very beginning of a cycle of innovation that will trump anything we've seen in a long time. That's a social bonanza.


It's not just about creation and distribution anymore. We are literally dismantling traditional structures of distribution and at the same time, building new forms of curated information dissemination.

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