Klout

  • Was I Too Hard On Klout’s Joe Fernandez?

    Was I Too Hard On Klout’s Joe Fernandez?

    I like Joe Fernandez a lot, more than I like most people. He’s a true entrepreneur and badass, asking specifically to be onstage with me at LeWeb London because he knew that I had serious misgivings about his product, Klout. He told me he wanted a challenge and to put himself outside his comfort zone, both before and after the interview. Cool, anyone who’s not scared of being in… Read More

  • Klout For iPhone’s Big Update Adds Search And +K Features

    Klout For iPhone’s Big Update Adds Search And +K Features

    Today, the influence measuring startup Klout is rolling out a major update to its iOS application, which first debuted in April. The initial version of the app offered Klout users a handy way to keep track of their Klout score on the go – it even made clever use of Apple’s push notifications feature to do so, popping up your Klout score in the red badge on top of the… Read More

  • A Bit Too Much Klout: User Says He Can Sign In To Someone Else’s Account

    A Bit Too Much Klout: User Says He Can Sign In To Someone Else’s Account

    It’s not clear if this is a one-off glitch, a signal of a bigger issue — or a way of pumping up/sabotaging Klout scores for those who care. But it’s not great news any way you spin it, if it’s true: a Klout user has gotten in touch to say that when he accesses the social influence ratings service, he is getting signed in to Klout not as himself but as someone… Read More

  • Klout Releases New, Speedier API; Now Serves 1 Billion API Calls Per Day

    Klout Releases New, Speedier API; Now Serves 1 Billion API Calls Per Day

    Klout, the startup that measures influence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Foursquare, Google+ and other social apps, has just released a new version of its API and released a number of new stats about its API usage. Klout evaluates users’ behavior with complex ranking algorithms and semantic analysis of content to measure the influence of individuals on social networks. Klout… Read More

  • Klout Takes Social Influence Mobile With New iOS App

    Klout Takes Social Influence Mobile With New iOS App

    Klout, the startup that measures influence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Foursquare, Google+ and other social apps, is debuting its first mobile presence today with the launch of an iOS app. While Klout had a mobile website, this is the startup’s first native mobile app. Klout evaluates users’ behavior with complex ranking algorithms and semantic analysis of content… Read More

  • Klout Launches Brand Pages To Help Companies Engage Influencers

    Klout Launches Brand Pages To Help Companies Engage Influencers

    Klout, the startup that measures influence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Foursquare, Google+ and other social apps, is launching a new feature called Brand Squads, consisting of dedicated profile pages which give companies a centralized place to engage with influencers. For background, Klout evaluates users’ behavior with complex ranking algorithms and semantic analysis of… Read More

  • PeerIndex Picks Up $3 Million To Win Friends And Influence People (And Beat Klout)

    PeerIndex Picks Up $3 Million To Win Friends And Influence People (And Beat Klout)

    Whether you subscribe to the idea of social influence or not, services that mark — or try to mark — it are continuing to pick up momentum, and the latest example of that is PeerIndex, the UK-based social influence marketing platform, picking up a $3 million round of funding from a group of angel and private equity investors. The Series A round was led by Antrak Capital with… Read More

  • Klout Starts Rolling Out Perks That Match Your Score, Partners With Gilt For Discounts

    Klout Starts Rolling Out Perks That Match Your Score, Partners With Gilt For Discounts

    Klout, the startup that measures influence on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook and other social media sites, is expanding the functionality of its Perks program. Klout Perks are exclusive offers or experiences, given as a result of your Klout score. For the first time, Klout is matching savings based upon a specific score. The startup is partnering with flash sales site Gilt to allow… Read More

  • Semantic Web/Q&A Startup Beepl Loses Ex-TechCrunch CEO, Gears Up For Mobile App

    Semantic Web/Q&A Startup Beepl Loses Ex-TechCrunch CEO, Gears Up For Mobile App

    The drive for more information has long been fueling the growth of the Internet, but that rising tide is not automatically lifting all boats, as one company trying to ride the wave has seen. Beepl, a Q&A startup co-founded last year and led by ex-TechCrunch writer Steve O’Hear, has now lost him as CEO over what TechCrunch understands to be a dispute around future strategy. Read More

  • Klout Acquires Local And Mobile Neighborhood App Blockboard

    Klout Acquires Local And Mobile Neighborhood App Blockboard

    Flush with new capital, Klout, the startup that measures influence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Foursquare, Google+ and other social apps, is making its first acquisition. Klout is purchasing mobile and local neighborhood app Blockboard. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Blockboard develops a neighborhood app through which neighbors can interact with one another. They… Read More

  • Social Proof Is The New Marketing

    Social Proof Is The New Marketing

    As I’ve written about before, we’re in an amazing period of the consumer Internet.  Despite a shaky economy, many web companies are in hypergrowth.  This is reminiscent of the five-year period over a decade ago when companies like Amazon, Netscape, eBay, Yahoo, Google and PayPal were built. One challenge, which isn’t new, is the battle for consumer attention.  If… Read More

  • Sing Now The Praises Of Klout’s Klumsy Kludges

    Sing Now The Praises Of Klout’s Klumsy Kludges

    Over the last month, Charles Stross memorably called the online influence measurer Klout “the internet equivalent of herpes,” Rohn Miller of Social Media Today exhorted people to “Delete your Klout profile now,” John Scalzi lambasted it as “sad, and possibly evil,” the New York Times wrote about parents’ outrage when they discovered Klout was… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang on Klout Algorithm Crisis

    Gillmor Gang 11.5.11 (TCTV)

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — returned to the Social Wars with renewed vigor courtesy of two weeks of material. These issues included the Klout algorithm crisis, more fun with iOS 5 push notifications, the incredible shrinking Google+ numbers, and @scobleizer’s fabulous Verb Wall aka Spotify Motel where data goes into… Read More

  • How Klout Got Klout.com

    How Klout Got Klout.com

    While everyone is making up their minds about whether Klout is an utterly meaningless service or the divine “standard for influence” the world has been clamoring for, I had an interesting chat with Klout co-founder and CEO Joe Fernandez the other day at the F.ounders conference in Dublin, Ireland. When I informed him that, if anything, I think that the name of the company was… Read More

  • Nobody Gives A Damn About Your Klout Score

    Nobody Gives A Damn About Your Klout Score

    Remember that time that astrologers decided that they had gotten all the zodiac signs off by one, and everyone was so bewildered because all of a sudden you were NO LONGER AN ARIES BUT A PISCES and it seemed like everything you had believed for so long was untrue. Well the social media equivalent happened today for startup Klout and its “scores,” which purportedly give you and… Read More

  • Private Stock Transactions Up 73 Percent This Year On SecondMarket

    Private Stock Transactions Up 73 Percent This Year On SecondMarket

    Despite a couple big-name companies like Groupon and Zynga lining up for IPOs, the demand for private company stock on alternative exchanges keeps rising. Private stock transactions on SecondMarket in the first three quarters of 2011 totaled $435 million, a 73 percent increase over the same period last year. In the third quarter alone, there were $167 million worth of transactions on… Read More

  • Klout Now Measures Social Influence On Google+

    Klout Now Measures Social Influence On Google+

    Klout, a startup that measures influence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Foursquare, is now integrating Google+. For background, Klout evaluates users’ behavior with complex ranking algorithms and semantic analysis of content to measure the influence of individuals on social networks. On Twitter, Klout’s influence score is based on a user’s ability to drive… Read More

  • Klout Adds Topic Pages To Give Users More Context Around A Subject And Its Influencers

    Klout Adds Topic Pages To Give Users More Context Around A Subject And Its Influencers

    Klout, a startup that measures influence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Foursquare, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr and others, is expanding its product lineup today with the availability of topic pages. Klout, which just hit 100 million Klout scores, aims to provide more context about a specific topic. On the topic page, Klout shows the top influencers in a given topic, regardless of… Read More

  • After Foursquare, Klout Adds Blogger, Tumblr, Instagram, Flickr And Last.fm To Measure Social Influence

    After Foursquare, Klout Adds Blogger, Tumblr, Instagram, Flickr And Last.fm To Measure Social Influence

    Klout, a startup that measures influence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and most recently Foursquare, is adding more services today, totaling 10 different ways to measure your social influence on the web. Klout is adding five new networks—Blogger, Tumblr, Flickr, Instagram and Last.fm, allowing Klout users to add their influence on these networks to their Klout score. For… Read More

  • Don’t Have A Free Spotify Invite? Use Your Klout Perks

    Don’t Have A Free Spotify Invite? Use Your Klout Perks

    Music service Spotify has finally arrived in the U.S. In case you haven’t heard, Spotify has made its free version invite-only, but you can access the music service now if you shell out $4.99 or $9.99 per month. If you don’t want to pay for Spotify, and don’t have an invite in your inbox, don’t worry. There’s always Klout Perks. Klout, the startup that… Read More