The Klout Krib at SxSW

Many of you have heard rumors that there will be a sweet Klout House for SxSW this March. For once, the rumor mill is right and the Klout Krib should definitely be on your Austin to-do list.

We want to invite you to our first Klout event at the Krib on Saturday, March 12th from 12PM – 3PM. We’ll have food and drinks (including Veev cocktails) poolside and 75 influencers will get special edition HeyDay Footwear (watch out for a Perk invite). Not to mention The UserVoice Challenge Cab will be shuttling as many people to the event as possible for free – AND giving out nifty prizes. If you can’t get in the challenge cab, we’ll also have a limo for additional transport.

UPDATE: We’re pleased to announce that AudioRunner will be playing for us! Self-defined “Rocktronic” group Audio Runner combines vocal, instrumental and electronic sounds that explore different genres for each new track. Audio Runner is perfect for the KloutUp since they came to existence through social media.

Nadia G. from Bitchin Kitchen will also be joining us and presenting one of our signature dishes. Yum!

Austin KloutUp

The Klout Krib (address to follow)

Saturday March 12th

12PM – 3PM

#Krib

RSVP on Plancast.

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From Hackathon to Market – Klout for Chrome (beta)

Recently, we had a joint hackathon with the teams at bit.ly and Klout – it rocked.

Combine great energy, awesome developers and a company culture that values rapid innovation and what do you get? Products like Klout for Chrome (beta release). Using your Chrome browser, you can install the Klout extension by clicking here.

Klout for Chrome places a Klout influence score next to the people you follow when using http://twitter.com. From the moment you install the Google Chrome browser extension you’ll see Klout influence scores in your stream.

We’ve found it particularly useful when applied to Twitter lists. Now you can check out people’s relative influence within any Twitter list. Or conversely, it’s fun to build new Twitter lists based on people’s Klout scores.

Enjoy! This is a beta release, we looking forward to hearing your feedback.


Taking Klout Scoring to the Next Level

Continually improving Klout’s measurement of online influence is our core focus. Social networks are dynamic. As a result, we continually enrich our data sources and evolve our algorithms to measure people’s ability to generate content and conversations that drive actions across the social web.

Today, we’re pleased to announce several improvements to the Klout score and its platform.

Highlights:

  • Enriched our data sources
  • Re-engineered our data collection and influence signal parsing platform to capture a broader set of key influence signals across an even larger population
  • Improved the quality of our scoring algorithm by both adding new influence inputs and adjusting the importance of inputs for individuals and their influence networks

So, what does this mean for my score?

As a result of these changes, your score may change. On the Score Analysis section of our site (free registration required) you will see an event marker on your Klout Score chart. This marker shows you if your score went up, down or stayed the same as a result of our improvements.

Thank you for the support and the passion so many of you express around your Klout score.


Contest Winners: How do you use your Klout for Good? 2nd Edition

The results are in! Congratulation to @wesley83, @steeldryver, @davepeck, @saving4someday. We will be in touch to get you your free spot at the Social Media All-Star Double Header Webinar to Benefit My Mom.

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How do you use your Klout for Good? 2nd Edition

Klout is teaming up with JeffreyReidy.com to send influencers to the Social Media All-Star Double Header Webinar To Benefit My Mom! on February 23rd and 24th. Guest speakers for the webinar include: Co-founder of #UsGuys community on Twitter – Chase Adam, NYT bestselling co-author of Trust Agents – Chris Brogan, and more. All proceeds of the webinar will help @jeffin140’s mom (read about her heart wrenching story here).

So here at Klout we love to hear how you use your influence (Klout) for good and we’ll send four influencers to the webinar.

How do you or someone you admire use your influence (Klout) for good? Tweet your response using the hashtag #KloutforGood and the winners will get a spot in the Social Media All-Star Double Header Webinar To Benefit My Mom!

Use this format: I use my #KloutforGood by tweeting out when a friend needs help http://bit.ly/K4Good2
OR
Check out how @username uses their #KloutforGood by raising money for charity http://bit.ly/K4Good2

Feel free to play around with the format as long as you include #KloutforGood and link back with http://bit.ly/K4Good2

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, you will both get a stop in the webinar.

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 word with JeffreyReidy.com by clicking here.


53rd Annual Grammy Award Winners According to Klout

Its award season and the Grammys are just around the corner! So here at Klout we thought it would be fun to predict the winners according to their Klout scores. It been a great year for the music industry, Eminem has made a big comeback and if you haven’t heard yet already, Justin Bieber is the most influential person on Twitter.

Slate magazine, a blog about all things music, film, TV, predicts that Lady Antebellum will take home the Record of the Year award. While Suite 101, thinks Eminem’s Love the Way You Lie, will receive the gold gramophone trophy. So check out our predictions based on each artists’ Klout score.

Record Of The Year
The Grammy goes to:
Love The Way You Lie – Eminem Featuring Rihanna
Runner Ups:
Nothin’ On You – B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

F*** You – Cee Lo Green

Empire State Of Mind – Jay-Z & Alicia Keys


Album Of The Year
The Grammy goes to:

The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga

Runner Ups:
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Recovery – Eminem

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

The Suburbs – Arcade Fire


Best New Artist
The Grammy goes to:
Justin Bieber

Runner Ups:
Drake
Florence & The Machine

Mumford & Sons
Esperanza Spalding

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance:

The Grammy goes to: Lady Gaga @ladygaga (90.12)

Runner Ups: Katy Perry @katyperry (89.82), Sara Bareilles @sarabareilles (73), Beyonce @beyonce (51), Norah Jones @norahjones (44)

Best Males Pop Vocal Performance:

The Grammy goes to: Bruno Mars @brunomars (83)

Runner Ups: Adam Lambert @adamlambert (80), Michael Buble @michaelbuble (65), Michael Jackson @michaeljackson (62), John Mayer (does not have a Twitter account anymore)

Best Metal Performance:

The Grammy goes to: Iron Maiden @ironmaidenfc (65.9)

Runner Ups: Korn @korn (65.99), Slayer @slayerband (62), Lamb of God @lambofgodband (60)

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance:

The Grammy goes to: Monica @monica (80)

Runner Ups: Kelly Price @kellyprice4real (56.2), Fantasia @tasiasword (55.65), Faith Evans @missdunaway (55.65), Jazmine Sullivan @jsullivanmusic (53)

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance:

The Grammy goes to: Usher @usherraymondiv (83)

Runner Ups: Kirk Whalum @kirkwhalum (60.48), El DeBarge @eldebarge (58), Jaheim @officialjaheim (42)

Best Rap Solo Performance:

The Grammy goes to: Kanye West @kanyawest (92)

Runner Ups: Drake @drakkardnoir (87), Ludacris @ludacris (83), Eminem @eminem (80), T.I. @tip (68)

Best Rap Album:

The Grammy goes to: Drake @drakkardnoir (87)

Runner Ups: The Roots @questlove (82), Eminem @eminem (80), B.o.B. @bobatl (75), Jay-Z @JayZ (58)

There’s our predictions, who do you think will take home the gold? Feel free to look up their account on klout.com


Seesmic Web Adds Klout to Serve the Enterprise Market

With its new funding freshly announced, Seesmic moved darn quickly to add Klout into it’s Web client, with an eye toward serving the social media power users: users who use social networks as a way to drive business and create new relationships.

At Klout, we’re smitten by the opportunity to drive a deeper partnership with Loic and the crew, especially with the often-lauded Seesmic Desktop Klout plugin one of the finest Klout integrations to date.

As with the Seesmic Desktop Klout plugin, displaying the Klout score lets Seesmic offer unique information to professionals who use Seesmic Desktop to engage in conversations that create marketing opportunities, sales, or just good business relationships. Discovering brand advocates and topical experts is simply a job more easily done with the Klout influence information.

All hail the Seesmic crew. Now, Kloutizens, let’s make some noise for a little Klout love in Seesmic mobile client.