Daily Tickr: Klout Wants Employers to Consider Your Score Before They Hire You
Let me first start by saying that I agree with the TechCrunch article. This is the dumbest thing that I have ever heard of. Some of you are probably wondering what the heck is Klout anyway?
Klout is a service that ranks people based on their internet interactions and engagement on social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
This whole thing came about when Klout CEO Joe Ferndandez, sent a tweet last week with a link to a job from Salesforce.com that required a Klout score above 35.
The reason that I feel strongly against this is that we are moving away from actually getting to know individuals. What Klout CEO is proposing is absolutely absurd. They would like a company to make a decision on you based on how influential you are in your social network.
Social networking isn’t real networking. Some of the smartest and most talented individuals aren’t spending their time sending tweets, and living vicariously through their friends Facebook news feeds. They are out there getting stuff done. Unless you’re occupation revolves around social media, you’re Klout score is meaningless.
We are networking with our screens and not getting to know people like we used to do. I could be totally off base, but I refuse to believe that getting a job or jumpstarting your career has really come to this.
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