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Social media types who enjoy measuring their "popularity" in the social media arena are in for a shock. Their Klout score could be wrong. Instead of a gold standard measure of how much influence they have on their peers, it could just be a measure of how noisy and attention-seeking they are... A Twitter test by an SEO expert …

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Pint

"Noisy and attention seeking"

says it all.

Precisely the trait of human nature regarded so highly by the new e-marketeers.

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Unhappy

And voters everywhere.

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Anonymous Coward

The rules of systems analysis

1) Any system that can be gamed will be gamed.

2) Any system can be gamed.

But really: using any form of ranking based upon Twatter [sic] is imbecility at it's lowest form.

"Instead of a gold standard measure of how much influence they have on their peers, it could just be a measure of how noisy and attention-seeking they are."

And in other news: water sometimes wet, and bears and the woods, what you need to know, after the break...

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Pint

Shock news: spam bot more influential than twats

It's hardly news that the needy & pointless Web2.0rhea inhabitants are less influential, even by their own measure, than a trivial wedge of code...but it does put a big smile on my face every time it is ably demonstrated publicly!

</smug>

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Devil

Maybe we should use it to decide how many times to clout someone about the head?

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Happy

ahahaa!

It would almost be worth having a twitter account if it meant randomly getting a tweet "YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED" from the borg collective.

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This can't be news to anyone, surely?

I mean, take the first self-proclaimed Justin Bieber fan you come across on Twitter (it won't take long to find one) and the chances are their score will be 65+, despite their entire output being incestuous RTs to a very narrow and similar audience.

In what way are they influencers of anyone? Preaching to the converted doesn't even begin to cover it.

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I am the borg, YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN ASSIMILATED

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Stop

Interesting

There is now a tool to measure the best among the vapid and uninteresting.

I am thrilled to be able to ignore that as well.

Thank you for the information.

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WTF?

Crikey!

Someone's actually built the much alluded to bullshitometer?

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