Today let’s start things off with a self-affirmation a-la Stuart Smalley. You are not a number. Like a beautiful, intricate, and fragile snowflake you are as unique online as you are in the real world, and that’s ok… so step back from your Klout Score and take a look at the ways, rather than the amount, you are engaging with your networks online.
In the past few years, Klout has quickly risen to social media stardom as a provider of analytics measuring a user's influence across social networks (primarily focusing on Twitter, Facebook and Google+). By measuring data from social sites, the size of a person's network, and other factors, Klout gives users an influence rating (Score) on a scale of 1 to 100. Most Klout Scores are in the 20’s, and reaching the 30’s and 40’s tends to show a good amount of social engagement. This can create, as John Scalzi puts it, “status anxiety” and social insecurity, but the credence you put to what your Score says about you remains up to you.
Like any startup, Klout is still growing and developing. Even though recent adjustments and evolution have brought controversy, Klout as a measurement tool remains an interesting data point for social media... Read more
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We know the meme--that information wants to be free. For the sake of argument, let's say we buy into the notion that information has volition, even metaphorically, and can "want" something. But isn't it just a cuter way of saying "People want information to be free for them to use"?
Doesn't it sound a little less self-serving when we look to the information itself for an answer? It isn't the person who wants something for nothing. It's the information itself which, like a living organism, has a need to be disseminated freely and not be associated with any nasty credit-card stuff or invoices or anything yucky like that.
Of course that's what it is!
And so it goes with web analytics. Apparently there is no human drive to seek better value--no human desire to have both great analytics and no bill to pay. It must be web analytics that wants to be free, because it keeps getting harder and harder to ignore "free" in the marketplace (see: Google Analytics) even if you're deploying for an enterprise. And of course Google has a paid version for those that really don't want web analytics to be free, but want to make sure that if Google... Read more