Measuring your Twitter Asshattery
Klout has been seen as the site for determining your influence on the web and has even been used in making hiring decisions. Too many people are taking the value of Klout way to seriously. It is about time for an anti-Klout site to emerge. Everyone seems to be talking about a new web site which is called Klouchebag.com and this looks like the anti-Klout site which is needed. This was created by Tom Scott and you can find him at TomScott.com or follow him Twitter at @tomscott.
This is taking a big swipe at Klout and how way too much importance has been placed on Klout. Klout carries too much importance on rating “people’s social media “influence” based on their activity on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms”. The site is taking a mocking approach to just how your importance is rated as it relates to Twitter.
The rating system being used seems to be pretty straight forward and is defined as such:
What do the ratings mean?
Klouchebag uses the ARSE rating system.
- Anger: profanity and rage.
- Retweets: “please RT”s, no or constant retweeting, and old-style.
- Social Apps: every useless checkin on foursquare or its horrible brethren.
- English Usage: if you use EXCLAMATION MARKS OMG!!! or no capitals at all, this’ll be quite high.
Too many people seem to feel that Klout is critical to their importance and the ability to get hired or get a promotion. They may be right about that, but Klout is playing a bigger role than it should and we should not be so serious about things. Tom Scott has a sense of humor. The goal should be to have a lower Klouchebag score so that you are less than the asshat you are. If you look up Scott at his TomScott Twitter account on Klouchebag, it returns a ranking of 100. Pretty hard to get it that high and is a great joke. There are probably others like that and should put a smile on your face.
But… but my Klout score is important!
No it’s not. It’s like search engine optimization, only for yourself. Ignore it. Concentrate on making amazing things, caring about the people around you, and not being a douchebag. If you do that, then you’ll soon realise that it doesn’t matter one jot what an algorithm thinks of you.
Given just how successful this has been spread around the web, he might be able to expand this site even more to provide additional parody for everyone to enjoy. Here is the Klouchebag rating for TechieDIY. Looks like we retweet too often, but at least we do not misuse English.
This is a great parody site and you should take a look at your Twitter rating on klouchebag.com. You can browse around and look at rankings for other Twitter accounts and have some great fun. Just don’t take it too seriously.