One such site is Klout. The first thing this blogger knew of Klout was an Internet acquaintance tweeting her score on Klout. For me that was 43 although I had not even heard of the site.
Of course curiosity whetted this blogger checked it out and signed up a few days later. That to date has been her involvement with Klout. Will she do more? Probably not. Whilst there is nothing wrong with the site, and in time it could take over from sites such as Facebook, it is yet another drain on your time.
Social networking could be a bigger part of your life than mine though. The problem is that if you write online time is always so precious. Some networking is necessary to promote your work. Networking simply as a social event is also fine at times but, after all, just who all these people are is not always easy to determine. If you believe what many write you may think that they are all highly paid, highly intelligent professionals.
During the last few years the growth of Internet groups such as fans, followers, friends or call them waht you will has grown out of all proportion. Whilst some online activity may pass a little time in harmless Internet fun too much is bad news IMHO. It is not healthy by any means.It is though an advertisers dream. Information is so often gathered about you, your followers, your family, your life, your opinions and more. As a blogger who ignores all facebook game requests perhaps she is unusual. Who wants to to spend all day and night on the Net though?.
When you join any new social website all of the possible privacy problems and more should be kept in mind. Remember to set your profile so that only a limited amount of personal data is revealed. Just how much is up to you. This blogger likes to change her birth date for example to protect against identity theft.
So will you be joining Klout or are you already a fully fledged klouter?
Tags: Klout, social networking, personal data, internet gangs