So, I thought I’d take the time to send a big kudos post to Klout for bringing a new perspective to light when it comes to what I do. I’m not a hardcore blogger by any means so none of this is probably relevant to you, nor remotely interesting, but it’s a big step for me in a direction I’ve needed to take for so long. That’s kind of what this post is all about.
For those not familiar with Klout, if you want to gauge how influential you are with your peeps across your social network(s), this is the tool to use! In a nutshell, it somehow measures your activity and puts it into a nifty formula to give you a “Klout score” (out of 100). That score rates your level of influence and even pins you to a certain style of engager, from observer to celebrity.
It was funny, when my buddy approached me a month or two back about it and invited me to join, my Klout score was a whopping “10″, which I thought was pretty generous. In the two plus years I’ve used Facebook and Twitter, that was my level of influence. Pitiful, but certainly not shocking. Up until this point, I’ve been a huge introvert. I had always wanted an almost celebrity-style social circle, but was far too timid to make that happen. Although it never prevented me from finding success in my endeavors and matters of business, I like every other person in the world, crave growth. I want to learn new things and be able to do more things in my line of work to make every step of my career that much better. What fuels that success more than anything is interacting with like-minded professionals and peers who are willing to share and challenge ideas – a quality social circle. It’s about gaining quality influence and becoming a quality influence. Thanks to Klout, I believe I’ve found the way.
To make a long story short, my praise for Klout isn’t so much the cool way it measures my influence, but rather the influence it’s had on my lifestyle and the level of growth both personally and professionally that has taken place in such a short time. As of writing this post, my Klout score of “10″ has grown to “56″ and counting in only a month and a half. I’m currently an influencer of 120 and a “Specialist” in my level of engagement across my networks which blows my mind because I’ve never had this large of a peer group in my life (and I know my score is a small number compared to some of you out there). In the process of using Klout, I’ve watched myself morph from a quiet, reclusive web developer and designer to an active businessman and socializer, and now a member of various organizations in my community. What used to be such a chore to get out and attend large social events is now something I look forward to and, dare I say, crave! Not only am I starting conversations with new people on both Twitter and in person, but I’ve even volunteered presentations and talks on aspects of my work, which not too long ago would have intimidated the heck out of me. As a result, I’m overbooked with web projects and business is booming!
Klout has become a staple in my morning routine, keeping me reminded and accountable for maintaining strong, relevant communication with the people in my networks, as well as continually pushing me further from my introverted habits, out of my shell, and away from a lifestyle that is no longer congruent with my personality and direction.
Yes, Klout is about influence, but for me it’s about growth. Again: gain quality influence and become quality influence. Immerse yourself in a community of people that can move you forward with your goals while being a strong contributor to their success and interests as well. It’s the law of reciprocity at work!
Kudos to Klout for the challenge. With that comes a new perspective, energy and vibrancy – driving me forward in a new, profitable momentum. It’s not just my score and business that are skyrocketing, but also my passion for people, relationships, and coincidentally the community around me.
If you aren’t part of Klout yet, click here to connect now. Start the influence!