PageRank, Klout and other ranking systems are starting to realize their limited relevance.//EH
"Influence Engine Optimization is an inevitable consequence of scoring people’s influence. So, do influence scores still have any meaning? It’s definitely not a measure of someone’s influence; and it’s probably not even a measure of his potential influence anymore due to IEO.
An influence score is really just a measure of how well people game the influence scoring algorithm".
Editor's note: Michael Wu is the Principal Scientist of Analytics at Lithium.