He taught you how to bike, went to your sports games as a kid, and you’re gonna celebrate him (I hope) this Sunday on Father’s Day. We wanted to share some of the top Dad voices on the social web. These guys know the good, the bad, and the ugly of fatherhood and they’re brave enough to share it on Twitter, Facebook and their blogs.
These aren’t simply the dads with the highest Klout Scores, but a range of fathers who are influencing on the subject of being a dad and parenthood.
I can’t help but give an early Father’s day shoutout to my own dad (@TimBerry), do the same for yours with hashtag #kloutdads!
We’re looking forward to hearing about all the great #kloutdads out there!
As the world’s largest professional network with over 100 million members, LinkedIn is a key destination for doing business across the globe and is integrated into the fabric of the social web. Today we’re excited to launch one of our most requested features: Klout scoring for LinkedIn. Once you add LinkedIn to Klout, you’ll notice a LinkedIn logo will appear on your profile and your influence on the network will be added to your score.
As with every network we measure on Klout, we asses your ability to drive action. Similar to our Facebook and Twitter scores, we analyze who you’re influencing, how you’re influencing them and how much influence they have. Again, we’ve placed a heavy emphasis on quality not quantity – so collecting connections won’t necessarily increase a user’s score.
If you haven’t already, you can add LinkedIn from your dashboard.
Q & A:
Q: Who will have LinkedIn integrated into their profile?
A: Everyone who has connected their LinkedIn account to Klout. If you want to add your LinkedIn influence to your score, it’s available on the dashboard.
Q: How will the LinkedIn integration show up on my profile?
A. Your LinkedIn influence will be added to your score and statistics from your LinkedIn profile will appear in the score analysis section.
Q: How will connecting LinkedIn affect my score?
A: Your Klout score will be more accurate. For instance, you may not use Twitter or Facebook that much, but have a rich and engaged network of professional contacts on LinkedIn. There is no risk that your Klout will go down. In most cases users will see a score increase, even for infrequent LinkedIn users. Once you’ve connected LinkedIn your score will be updated in 72 hours or less.
If one tweet from 50cent can affect the stock market, there is little doubt that social media can affect CD sales and an artist’s popularity. Nowadays, an artist joining or leaving Twitter makes headlines and effectively harnessing social media is no longer optional, but essential for new and established artists alike. We found the top ten most influential musicians/artists based on Klout to show who is the best at leveraging and engaging with their audience. Unsurprisingly, Justin Bieber is in lead along with many other young artists such as Joe Jonas and Miley Cyrus.
Check it out below: (or see a Klout list version)
So do other well-known artists compare to these social media gurus? Coldplay is an 81, MC Hammer a 74, and Dave Matthews is a 54. Clearly, being well-known is not enough to make it into the top 10. Who are your favorite artists on Twitter and do you think they’re successfully using it?
Today we’re releasing a new feature on Klout.com. We call it +K, and it’s the ability to vouch for your peers’ influence in topics.
We’re continuously improving our data collection and science models to offer the best analysis possible. Yet we recognize that not all influence is captured in the data we have, and our users need tools to properly provide feedback.
Therefore, we’re taking it to the next level with +K:
Give +K on topics: If a user has recently influenced you in a topic, give them +K in that topic
More topics: our topics model is even more accurate, and now surfaces up to 10 topics per user
Hide topics: You can now opt to hide your topics from public display
With the +K system, you’ll see a +K button next to all users’ topics: this is a 1-click way to let us know that this user has recently influenced you in this topic.
At Klout, we believe influence is the ability to drive action. We also believe influence is temporal — that is, you constantly need to drive action in order to remain influential in a topic. We believe the +K system stays true to those ideals.
Thanks to all our users who’ve stuck with us, provided feedback, and helped to test +K. We’re eager to hear what you think!
Q + A:
Q: Can I add my own influential topics?
A: Topics are initially generated by our algorithms. We plan to allow self-submission of topics in the near future.
Q: How does giving and receiving +K affect my topics?
A: Giving +K to others has no impact on your own topics (or Klout Score). Receiving +K will affect the ordering of topics (topics with recent +K are listed first), and the time length that these topics are displayed on your profile (receiving +K allows you to remain influential in that topic for longer).
Q: Is there a limit to how many times I can give Klout?
A: You get five +K every day, which you can give to any user in any topic. You can give +K to the same user on a given topic once every 7 days (e.g. if I give Bugs Bunny +K in carrots on Monday, I won’t be able to do it again until the following Monday).
Q: Can I remove topics?
A: Yes, you can remove topics from public display on your profile. Hovering over the topic name on your topics page will display an “x”, which will allow you to hide the topic.