Cision Chooses Klout API to Assess Journalist Influence

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And now…

Cision, the pre-eminent provider of software for media and PR professionals, just announced that they’ve integrated Klout’s influencer data into JournalistTweets (journalisttweets.com), their journalist tracking tool that monitors thousands of journalists across 15 countries on five continents. This is big win for the social media and micropublishing sector and a big win for Klout’s importance to the professional news sector.

With more traditional journalists moving to the micropublishing medium (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and with more user generated content from non-professional journalists qualifying as professional news and opinion, it makes sense to understand the quality of content delivered in social media channels. The Klout score is pretty darn impartial judgment on the quality of an individual publisher’s ability to turn out engaging content and drive readers to action.

Certainly, we’re always happy to have new partners but the Cision partnership is unique for its validation of the Klout standard as a modern way to understand who influences news and opinion across the 500 billion daily shares, tweets, and updates.

How much do you influence? Get your Klout score.


Share your Klout Achievements

The only thing better than earning achievements is sharing them with all of your friends (at least that’s what we think). That’s why we’ve introduced a couple of new features.

  • Facebook sharing for your achievements and other areas of your profile like your influencers, topics, score, etc.
  • Ability to share the total number of Klout achievements you’ve earned

To try it out, just go to your Klout profile and hit the facebook share button on the right side of your achievements, or mouse over any individual achievement and hit the share button.

Example of sharing how many Klout achievements you’ve earned:

Example of how sharing an achievement will show up on your Facebook wall:

So there you have it, go check it out. Sharing is caring after all 🙂 Please let us know what you think and how we could make these features more useful for you.


Top 10 Most Retweeted Twitter Users

So, who gets retweeted the most? The answer might surprise you. Check out our infographic below:

Do you have any questions? Is there any other data you’d like to see? Let us know!

UPDATE: It was recently pointed out to us (hat tip @evolutionpr_meg), that Justin Bieber should have a Canadian flag as he is Canadian. Good catch Meg. The majority of his retweets, however, do come from the US. 🙂


A look at the top Mommy Bloggers

Do you know how influential moms really are? Of course, our mothers are influential in our own lives but there are some moms that touch thousands of lives. Blogging has become an amazing tool for mothers to help and inspire other mothers. Sharing stories, tips, and just the day-to-day obstacles, is a great way for other women and parents to find real life advice. We took Babble.com’s list of the Top 50 Mommy Bloggers, and ranked it to see who is the most influential.

Topping the list is @thepioneerwoman, an extremely interesting lady, who went from city glam to a country-style housewife and mother of four. She shares everything from recipes to love stories. Another influential mama is @mrlady, her blog Whiskey in my Slippy Cup, has been around since 2005. Not only does she blog about being a mother but also being a woman.

So here are the results.

1. I’m The Pioneer Woman. Desperate Ranchwife. Mother of Four. Lover of Butter. Amen.

2. Mom Blogger. Not Stupid.

3. Mommyblogger, tyrant, snugglebunny

4. Yes, they’re real and they’re spectacular. Also leaking a little.

5. Principal+Co-Founder, Clever Girls Collective, Inc. One of Forbes’ 10 Mommy ‘Hood Gurus. (Their word, not mine.) Noodle seeker. Risk taker. Karaoke queen.

6. Co-author of LET’S PANIC ABOUT BABIES! (@letspanic_) which will arrive in bookstores (and your hearts) in March 2011.

7. I have an adjective, adjective noun that would verb your adjective noun so, so adverb.

8. I look forward to utilizing social media outlets such as Twitter in order to express myself in a more succinct and to-the-point manner furthermore I believe tha

9. Survival Requires Humor

10. Generalissimo of Free Range Kids Movement, syndicated columnist, sought-after speaker.To book, write: Lskenazy@yahoo.com .

The Babble.com list was a great place to start, but we know there’s more great mom bloggers out there. Who do you think are the top Mommy bloggers? What other lists should we look at? Leave a comment and fill us in.


Klout Integrations You Should Get With: Seesmic and Appsfire

With our announcement last week that we’ve integrated Facebook profiles into our influence scoring, there immediately came a roar from our throng of 800+ (yeah, over 800) developers. When would the Facebook scoring be available in the API? When would LinkedIn and Foursquare be coming to our growing roster of social networks? And so on. What these questions made me realize is how utterly dedicated and industrious the Klout API developer community really is. So I thought it high time we trot out some of the ingenious industriousness that we see on a daily basis from these folks. Here are two Klout API integrations that I spend a good deal of time with these days. When I’m not hanging with my wife, I’m checking out:

Seesmic Desktop

I’ve been a big fan of this integration since it dropped. And version 2 is 10 times better than version 1. Seesmic Desktop is just better with the Klout plugin. Period. The Klout plugin, apart from telling you the topics in which your twitter friends move others, also helps you discover people who are considered great purveyors of content. For example, in this screenshot (of my Klout profile), you would see that I’m influenced by @jowyang, @mich8elwu, and @scobleizer, among others. And you might choose to follow @mich8elwu if you’re interested in influencer analytics. Voila, newly-discovered content from a great thinker in a space you care about. All thanks to the Klout Plugin. The Seesmic Desktop Klout Plugin is the very best form of user – and content – discovery.

Get the Klout plugin for Seesmic Desktop.

Appsfire

Appsfire is the best place to find which apps are going great right now. Appsfire takes advantage of the Klout API in an ingenious, algorithmic way. Appsfire uses the Klout Score to help them better rank their apps in the AppTrends section of their site. Appsfire weights each tweet promoting an app by the Klout score of the twitterer. The more trusted the twitterer, the higher the weighting of the tweet. Ultimately, AppsFire’s users benefit by choosing from among top apps recommended by trusted experts. You and I get the most relevant apps and we spend less time doing it. When I’m trying to find the top-ranked game for my four-year-old, you know I go to appsfire.com.

Get some apps at Appsfire.com.

What are you favorite Klout integrations? Let us know what other apps we should highlight!


Klouting it up at Blogworld

We had an awesome time at our #Krunk happy hour event at The Palms yesterday! We had more than 400 tweets from those who made it to the event. Check out the highlights…


Do you have Facebook Klout?

Today I’m excited to announce we now measure influence on Facebook. With more than 500 million users and 30 billion items of content shared each month, the addition of Facebook is a huge leap towards our goal of measuring influence across the social web.

Over the past few months we’ve been working hard analyzing Facebook accounts to understand the nature of influence on the world’s largest social network. As on Twitter, our underlying premise for influence is not the number of friends or followers you have, but your ability to drive action.

On Facebook, like Twitter, we assess how conversations and content generate interest and engagement. Facebook allows users to post many different types of content, view multiple streams and interact with their friends in more complex ways than we’ve previously seen. We’ve made sure each action and reaction is individually assessed to ensure we give you the most accurate picture of your Klout. We’ve had two years working on Twitter, and this is the first step of many in our development of Facebook Klout.

If you haven’t already, help us increase your Klout by connecting with Facebook, sign in or sign up at klout.com.

Check out the new Facebook achievements users can earn:

Q & A:

Q: Who will have Facebook integrated into their report?
A: Everyone who has connected their Facebook account to Klout prior to this week. Going forward, we will analyze new Facebook connections and notify the user when their report is updated.

Q: How will Facebook integration show up on the Klout Report?
A: Facebook data will be incorporated into the Klout Score. People will earn Facebook achievements for Comments, Likes, Unique Commenters, and Unique Likers. Facebook based information will also be available on the score analysis page.

Q: How will connecting Facebook affect my score?
A: Your Klout score will be more accurate. For instance, you may not use Twitter much but have a rich and engaged network of friends on Facebook, now that influence will be reflected in your score. Even if you are an infrequent Facebook user, there is no risk that your Klout will go down. In fact, in most cases it will go up. Once you’ve connected Facebook your score will be updated in 72 hours or less.