Win an Invite to our CES KloutUp!

We’re hosting an invite-only party with @SimonRestaraunt and @PalmsLasVegas at CES and we wanted to save a few invites to give out here on our blog. The exclusive party will feature food from the delicious @SimonRestaurant, drinks (including Ty Ku sake), chair massages from @DriftSpa and a great chance to hang out away from the crowded conference.

So, why do you want to go to our CES Kloutup? Tweet your response using the hashtag #KCES and two winners (determined by retweets) will get to go with a guest. The event is Thursday, Jan 6th from 5-7PM.

Use this format: I want to go to #KCES because it’s going to rock my socks off! http://bit.ly/kloutces

Feel free to play around with the format as long as you include #KCES and the link http://bit.ly/kloutces

Vote for your favorites by retweeting them. The contest will run until 11:59PM PT tonight and we’ll announce the winners on Monday!

Let us know if you have any questions!

UPDATE: Congrats to @saltyseattle & @coberley, our winners of the contest! See you at #KCES!!

Thanks to everyone who participated!!

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Most Influential Topics of 2010

2010 was a landmark year for Twitter, as it moved away from being a novelty and became a mainstream tool for businesses and consumers alike. We analyzed the content produced over the past year to determine the most influential topics. At Klout, we believe that trends aren’t simply a factor of volume. These topics are not only shared widely, but shared by the top influencers on Twitter. These word clouds reflect the influence of these topics in shaping the year 2010 on Twitter.

These lists reflect the influential topics, but not sentiment. For some brands, such as BP and Toyota, becoming an influential topic reflects the controversy they encountered this year.

For a chance to dig in further, here are the topics ordered into top 10 lists:

Overall Topics: These topics reflect the pulse of 2010. While social media was a popular topic throughout 2010, others in the top 10 made it there from activity concentrated in one or two months. Discussion about Iran reached a peak in February, when it announced it would begin enriching uranium. Talk about Healthcare Reform peaked in March when the Health Care Reform Bill passed in the house and, of course, the World Cup peaked in June and July.

  • Social Media
  • Iran
  • Politics
  • Tea Party
  • Healthcare Reform
  • Haiti
  • Sports
  • Movies
  • Travel and Tourism
  • World Cup

People: So who are the most influential people of 2010? Unsurprisingly, Barack Obama tops the list, but Justin Bieber is a close second. Steve Jobs also makes the list, reflecting his popularity as Apple’s figurehead.

  • Barack Obama
  • Justin Bieber
  • Sarah Palin
  • Glenn Beck
  • George W Bush
  • Steve Jobs
  • Lebron James
  • Lady Gaga
  • Scott Brown
  • Nancy Pelosi

Companies: Coca Cola tops the list, peaking in July as they had a big campaign around the end of the World Cup. BP had a steep increase in May and June, beating out other companies for the top slot during those months as a result of the oil spill. Toyota’s discussion predominantly came from the recall in February.

  • Coca Cola
  • New York Times
  • Starbucks
  • Ford
  • McDonald’s
  • Verizon Wireless
  • AT&T
  • Disney
  • BP
  • Toyota

Tech Companies: Twitter and Facebook beat out giants like Google, Apple, and Microsoft for most influential tech companies of the year.

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Apple
  • Microsoft
  • Amazon
  • WordPress
  • Yahoo
  • Foursquare
  • MySpace

TV Shows: The fact that Lost and American Idol top this list is no surprise as they have a fervent following. Red Eye, a show on Fox News, was the dark horse of this list.

  • Lost
  • American Idol
  • Red Eye
  • Glee
  • True Blood
  • Jersey Shore
  • Big Brother
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Project Runway
  • Mad Men

Politicans: 2010 was a big year for politics and this list reflects the most influential politicians of the year. Unsurprisingly, Barack Obama tops the list with the rest far behind him.

  • Barack Obama
  • Sarah Palin
  • George W Bush
  • Scott Brown
  • Nancy Pelosi
  • John McCain
  • Harry Reid
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Joe Biden
  • Bill Clinton

Music: Justin Bieber is a genuine Twitter phenomenon and dominates this list.

  • Justin Bieber
  • Lady Gaga
  • Michael Jackson
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Britney Spears
  • Lil Wayne
  • Kanye West
  • Taylor Swift
  • Rihanna
  • Jay-Z

Products: The iPhone tops this list as the most influential product of 2010. The iPad comes in second, reflecting Apple’s dominance of this list.

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Android
  • iPod
  • Blackberry
  • Tweetdeck
  • Skype
  • Windows 7
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Xbox 360

Sports: The fervor around the World Cup made soccer the most influential sport of 2010. Golf is high on the list, due to Tiger Woods’s affairs highlighting the sport.

  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Hockey
  • Nascar
  • Surfing
  • Cycling
  • Poker

Sports Teams: The Lakers won the championship this year so it’s no surprise they top this list. The Yankees fervent fan base makes them a consistently influential topic and, of course, the San Francisco Giants made it on the list when they won the World Series.

  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • New York Yankees
  • Boston Celtics
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • New York Mets
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Boston Red Sox
  • New York Jets
  • San Francisco Giants

Cities: The most influential cities of 2010 reflect the top cities in the world – with London, New York City, and Los Angeles topping the list. Austin, Texas made it on the list due to a high volume of influential tweets surrounding SXSW in March.

  • London
  • New York City
  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • San Francisco
  • Las Vegas
  • Washington DC
  • Boston
  • Austin
  • Jakarta

Countries: The United States tops the list due to a consistent level of conversation. Iran dominated in February due to the uranium enrichment controversy and Haiti was a trending topic in January when the earthquake hit.

  • United States
  • Iran
  • Haiti
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Spain
  • France
  • Brazil

Tags: The top tags of 2010 reflect the political nature of this year.

  • #tcot – Top Conservatives on Twitter
  • #p2 – Progressive 2.0
  • #sgp – Smart Girl / Guy Politics
  • #tlot – Top Libertarians on Twitter
  • #ocra – Organized Conservative Resistance Alliance
  • #hhrs – The Hugh Hewitt Radio Show
  • #ucot – United Conservatives on Twitter
  • #ihatequotes – used for bad quotes or ironically
  • #mamavation – Mamavation Support Group

If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments!

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http://apps.klout.com/zeitgeist


Contest Winners: How do you use your Klout for Good?

Congrats to our winners: @BenKinney who was nominated by @jaypapasan, @ericamayer, and @dadarocks! We will be in touch to get you your Moms and Jobs blanket and Klout shirts.


How do you use your Klout for Good?

To spread the warmth this holiday season, Klout is teaming up with Moms and Jobs (MoJo), who provides employment and child care for single moms living in poverty. Their get a blanket, give a blanket offer donates one blanket to charity whenever someone buys a blanket from MoJo.

A selected group of key influencers will be getting a luxury soft blanket, and on their behalf, Klout and MoJo will be donating another blanket to charity- Pine Street Inn of Boston and Compass Family Services of San Francisco. So, in the season of giving Klout wants to hear how you use your Klout for good.

How do you or someone you admire use your influence (Klout) for good? Tweet your response using the hashtag #KloutforGood and the winner will get a MoJo blanket and one donated in their name to charity. Two runners-up will get Klout t-shirts.

Use this format: I use my #KloutforGood by tweeting out when a friend needs help http://bit.ly/k4good

OR

Check out how @username uses their #KloutforGood by raising money for charity http://bit.ly/k4good

Feel free to play around with the format as long as you include #KloutforGood and link back with http://bit.ly/k4good

Vote for your favorites by retweeting them. The contest will run until 11:59PM PT tonight and we’ll announce the winners tomorrow! If you nominate someone else in your tweet and win, they’ll get the blanket (and one donated to charity) and you’ll get a Klout t-shirt.

Hope you enjoy the contest, we’re excited to see your answers! We’re interested in starting a real discussion around this topic so feel free to also comment below if you need more than 140 characters.

You can also help spread the warmth with Moms and Jobs by clicking here.


Sacramento Kings Fans with Klout

Today, we unveil the first ever Klout Leaderboard widget on the Sacramento Kings website. The Sacramento Kings fans with the Most Klout Leaderboard lets the Kings recognize fans who are highly influential when it comes to the team. Put simply, these fans have the highest Kings Klout.

This is the first of several widgets coming from Klout that address topical leaders and allow businesses and brands to acknowledge the contributions of their best customers. That recognition, of course, allows those fans to promote their expertise and accumulate more followers in the process.

In the next week, the Kings will also add a Klout Leaderboard that ranks the Kings players based on their social media prowess and ability to influence their social media following letting us see whether Tyreke Evans is the best King both on court and off.


Seesmic Bundles Klout as Further Move Into the Enterprise

Klout is super excited to announce that the Klout plugin for Seesmic desktop will now be bundled with every download of Seesmic desktop. This is an extension of our great relationship with Seesmic and highlights the fact that the Klout plugin adds to the Seesmic Desktop user experience by giving users more information about the people in their Twitter feeds.

In addition, Seesmic will be adding a Klout into their popular web client.

More importantly, with Seesmic’s move toward the Enterprise, the Klout plugin lets Seesmic offer unique information to professionals who use Seesmic Desktop to engage in conversations that result in sales. Discovering brand advocates and topical experts is a job more easily done with the Klout influence information readily available.

Three cheers to Seesmic for bringing us closer into the fold.


Boston Holiday KloutUp

We’re doing a bit of an east coast tour and would love to see you at our Klout Up in Boston. Come celebrate the holidays, Klout, and an excuse to get inside in the cold weather.

What: KloutUp – Drinks, informal mingling and chatting about Klout, and general fun times.

Where: Biddy Early’s, 141 Pearl St (between High St & Purchase St) Boston, MA 02110

When: Tuesday December 14th, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

RSVP on Plancast

Hashtag: #KloutBOS

We’ll also have awesome popchips to snack on (@popchips). Hope to see you there!