Birthdays and Babies gave me klout

birthday baby with balloonsIs true influence measurable?

According to Klout, a birthday and the arrival of a new baby have rendered me 25% more influential over the past month and a half.

In mid May, I had a birthday and received a number of wall post greetings from my network of friends on Facebook and then earlier this month my wife and I had a new baby which was announced via the usual photos and status updates and greeted with a subsequent raft of well wishes on Facebook.

These are well received and part of normal life – but these two fairly ordinary life events increased my Klout score by about 25%. My influence timelines have shown two very definite step jumps that directly correlate to these two events.

Is influence truly measurable?

Is it really possible to measure true influence or  are we kidding ourselves? {Click to Tweet}

We can measure social media activity but how does that translate to influence?

Surely to be notably influential one has to influence others to act further than just well wishing. If  you re-tweet my tweets does that make me influential?

In  a short while I may discover that I am actually influential in birthdays and babies. Then I guess I’ll have to eat my words and find something else to be influential about.

I guess it all boils down to how we define influence but what do you think?


Alex Adams

Alex has been designing, developing and managing software projects since 1998. He is a multidisciplinary developer and has worked with a number of languages, technologies and frameworks. When he's not developing, he's a busy husband and dad who finds a bit of time to train for triathlon events.

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