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Most of the negative coments have nothing to do with Klout's algorithm.
The criticism stems from Klouts bad behavior in other areas - transparency, privacy, profile scraping of Minors, etc.
I think you should do more reading before you go defending Klout.
You hit on an important point that I hadn't considered - how Klout's "bad behavior" de-legitimizes everything that they do.
By "bad behavior" i mean the "communications strategy" of Klout (i.e. shady), operational activities (mass-harvesting of profiles including children) and even the way the Klout.com site operates (a bit like a Russian Porn site).
You'd think that Kleiner Perkins would do a better job on oversight.
Great insights, Chas.
I think you should ask if it makes you feel better.
I asked about Profiles for Minors and got no response on that. But I felt better afterwards.
Well, don't be surprised if (depending on the nature of your job) if at some in the near future, recruiting/resume management systems become integrated with services like Klout.
Your resume might get sent to the bit bucket because your K-Score is too low - based on the thinking that "if you don't have a lot of online connections, your rolodex is probably bad, you're anti-social and probably not a very good candidate". (i'm NOT saying that's true about you! - just that's how these automated systems could judge you).
So yeah, these scores will increasingly matter. Right now, they don't mean all that much unless you're perhaps in some aspects of marketing.
In terms of your prospective in-laws... I doubt that will happen. But lots of people already Google the names of people before a date or shortly after. If your K-Score sucks, that could count against you.
um.... there was a reply? ;)
There was a question yesterday on #kloutchat - asking klout.com if they had engineered the whole #occupyklout revolt as some sort of brilliant marketing move. So your point has merit.