Remember those standardized tests we took in grammar school? The SRA tests? I think that was the name of the pencil-filling bubbles we had to complete. God knows what we were tested on—math, reading comprehension. I can’t recall. But I do recall consistently scoring high. One of my teachers called me over to her desk and showed me the results. “Do you know what this 98% means? It means you scored higher than 98% of students who took the test. That’s very good.”
I returned to my desk with a huge grin on my face. I was smart. This proves I’m really smart!
Then my best friend Conrado walked over and I could hear her say. “You scored better than 99% of students who took the test. Conrado, that’s wonderful.” Fucker! Mediocre grades, but he always managed to beat me on the SRA year after year.
What is our obsession with scores? In school, it’s the standardized tests, then the SAT, then the GMAT or LSAT or GRE. I’m no athlete, but isn’t the score, the win what gets your adrenaline going? And even outside of academics and sports, there’s measurement for credit quality. What’s your FICO score?
Now there’s Klout which scores your standard of media influence. Brilliant right? I’ve become obsessed. I have a very respectable 32 which compares equally to Litquake. Burning Man is at 56 and Barack Obama is at 87 as is Charlie Sheen.
Here’s more analysis on my score.
Woohoo! Your Klout Score is up and continues to grow! Keep doing what you’re doing, it’s great!
You are effectively using social media to influence your network across a variety of topics.
You engage with a good mix of influencers and friends.
You are more likely to have your message amplified than the average person.
You have built a good size network that is highly engaged.