Famous on the Internet

fame on the internet


There is a website called Klout, which tells you how influential you are on the Internet, on a scale from zero to 100. Only a few people have ever achieved a perfect score, and then they fall away again. I believe they give you a 15 or a 20 just for signing up, but then they monitor your Internet presence – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, other social media, blogs, et cetera – and make your score more precise.

 

 

Some examples:

 

 

Justin Bieber’s a 93, or he was the other day. The Boston Bruins have the same score: 93. The New York Yankees have a 95.

 

 

Among my friends: one of my acquaintances (a former Brown student) has a score in the mid-60s. Partner has a pitiful 12. Two of my other friends are in the 20s.

 

 

I am currently a 37.

 

 

What does this mean?

 

 

Well, I consider that my score is pretty good for someone who has less than a hundred Facebook friends (it’s in the sixties, actually). Partner has less than twenty Facebook friends.

 

 

I love asking my student assistants how many Facebook friends they have. Invariably they have hundreds. One, a serious young man who’s going to be a junior next fall, has over 500; one of his classmates, a girl, has over 900; two recent graduates (I mentioned one of them above) have more than a thousand.

 

 

What does any of this mean?

 

 

It means: you can be famous on the Internet, if you know what you’re doing.

 

 

Just be careful.


 

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About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to futureworld@cox.net.

3 Responses to Famous on the Internet

  1. starproms says:

    How interesting Loren. I’m going to sign up right now! ps your score is very commendable!!

  2. starproms says:

    Well that was fun! My score is 36. I was pleased with that. You are more influential than me Loren (smile).

    • Oh, you’ll see. It will go up and down, depending on how many people you interact with. My student employee, who works very hard at his Web identity, got up to 60 . . .

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