A few years ago a company named Klout appeared that promised to be able to measure social media influence using what they called the Klout score. Today Klout was bought out by some marketing automation company called Lithium Tech.
When I hear of Klout, I was so surprised that someone had finally and quickly solved the never-ending challenge of measuring and ranking social influence through a mathematical algorithm, so I jumped right into it, created an account and signed up to have my score measured.
Only to find out that the scores were nonsensical, the automated topic-choosing algorithm was a little (or a lot) off and that they still had a long way to go. I [...]