Whether you like or dislike Klout, fortunately or unfortunately this is what we have to work with today.
Are you still one of those folks who thinks Klout is stupid? It's time to look at the facts and consider this as an important business development.
Here's what caught my attention:
Content is power.
The ability to create and move content is the absolute key to online influence. So think about this — To the extent that you could actually measure that, wouldn’t you also be creating an indicator of relative influence?
That’s what Klout is trying to do. They are finding the people who are experts at creating, aggregating, and sharing content that moves online. Nothing more.
That may seem rather simple but it’s actually complex, and from an academic and business point of view, a significant development.
“Influence” has been one of the most studied aspects of politics, marketing, sociology, and psychology and yet it has never really been measured in a statistically valid way. Until now. People creating content is an action. Having a link clicked, or a message re-tweeted, is an effect. Finally, there is something to measure in this field.