21 November 2011

No, not "everyone has klout". Some of us don't want it

I read an interesting post today, on why someone deleted their Klout profile. I've read several posts over the last few weeks where people have been discussing the algorithm that Klout uses to determine how influential you are on social networks, and thought, "I wouldn't sign up for that mess of social-anxiety-in-a-jar if you held a gun to my head." As a shy person who doesn't make friends easily, to me it represents the same kind of soul crushing popularity contest that made me feel like a worthless waste of oxygen in my teens, and like hell am I am going to subscribe to it as an adult too. Having fun with social networks? Who cares, let's talk how important you are.

How lucky I am, then, that I didn't need to sign up. Those lovely, thoughtful people at Klout, who know nothing of my contempt for popularity contests or concern about things being done in my name without my knowledge, just made me a profile anyway. Thanks, guys.

Now you can damn well delete it again. Now.


  1. Thank you so much for posting this. I hate Klout. It's inaccurate and intrusive.

    I finally deleted the account, but they don't make it easy.

  2. http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2011/11/evil-social-networks.html

    This post makes some useful suggestions about how to use UK privacy laws when it comes to Klout. If that profile is still around in a month, I think I'll be taking them.

  3. I keep hearing about Klout, and really need to go delete my "account" there. Honestly, who thought it was a good idea to do this? It really annoys me.

    Thanks for the post!

  4. I'm not important enough to rate a Klout profile, so I don't have the problem.

    I don't know whether to be relieved or insulted... :)


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