There is a major love / hate relationship amongst social media users when it comes to services like Klout that measures a user’s online influence.
So today, I don’t want to necessarily focus on your score, or the fact that the network creates an account for anyone regardless of whether they want it. Instead, I want to take a look at the good points of Klout. Specifically, all of the useful things you can learn from their service.
*Note that you will have to sign in to Klout using your Twitter or Facebook account to access the following areas.
Who is Well Known for a Particular Topic
Do you ever wonder who is popular for a particular topic on social media? If so, then try Klout’s Featured Topics. While some Twitter directories like Twellow and WeFollow allow you to see Twitter users by topic based on what the Twitter user categorized themselves as, Klout allows you to see users who talk about specific topics.
Klout’s topic categorization is not always spot on as some users can be added to a topic just by mentioning it once or twice.
But what is nice is that you don’t have to fully rely on Klout’s rating system. When you click on a topic from the Featured Topics list, you will be shown the Top Influencers based on Klout’s algorithms. I like to switch to the Top +K Recipients. +K is a Klout voting system – other Klout users can give someone a +K if they think that person is influential on a specific topic.
What it breaks down to is this – the top, most popular people on a topic will likely be listed as Top Influencers based on the Klout algorithm. If you want to go beyond the names you’d expect to find as authorities on a topic, then try the Top +K Recipients.
What You are Well Known For
Curious what you talk about the most on social media? Find out by signing in to your own account and going to the Topics section.
Here, you should find the topics that you targeting with your social media campaign near the top.
Since my main focus is social media, blogging, and SEO, the topics listed are on target as are some of the ones below it. But chances are, you will find some “stray” topics based on things you might have written about in the past. For example, my husband, a photographer, had Thor listed under his topics because of a photo he shared with the title “Thor’s Hammer.”
If you see any stray topics that you don’t feel fit your profile, you can always click on the X next to the topic to remove it from your profile. I typically don’t remove any topics that I have received a +K for as those are obviously topics others know me for, but it is up to you.
Who Looks to You as an Authority
Want to know who has voted for you by giving you a +K on a particular topic? You can see recent +K’s on your Topics list, but if you want to see a more detailed view, just go to your Notifications. You can access this by clicking on the Notifications icon in the top left menu bar of your account.
While the history isn’t complete, you may be able to see notifications for the last 70 days worth of activity. Here, you can scroll through to see what users gave you +K on particular topics.
If you see someone you would like to thank in particular, or just share the fact that they gave you a +K, click on the share button next to that particular notification.
Or you can go to their profile, find their Twitter handle, and send them a customized Thank You message. This is a great way to engage with your fans!
Who You Influence on Twitter
Curious who you interact with the most on Twitter? Find out under the Influencer’s section.
Here, you can see the people you influence (probably the people who retweet you the most) and people your influenced by (probably the people you retweet the most). This area might give you an idea of who you need to pay closer attention to on Twitter and other social networks.
What Other Social Networks People Are On
Last, but not least, if you want to expand your network on other networks, Klout is a great place to find out what other social networks people belong to. Anyone who has signed into Klout’s network has the option to add their other social connections to their profiles.
So if you see someone listed anywhere in Klout, check out their Klout profile to find links to their other social networks. And if you want others to be able to easily connect with you, be sure to connect to your other networks including Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Instagram, Tumblr, and others.
Do you use Klout to learn more about other social media users? What stats do you find are important?