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Pressure: Influence

hypnosis_cartoonAre you good at influencing other people?

According to Klout, my influence varies from day to day.   The Klout search engines look at interactions through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ , LinkedIn, Foursquare  Blogger and WordPress, and about a half-dozen other micro-blogging networks.  Lately, I’ve been spending more time blogging than social networking and the result is that my  Klout “influence” is falling. My all-time high is score is 100, and today it’s a lowly 26.  Having not posted anything on this blog for around two years, I’ve been following a number of blogging challenges through January, and according to WordPress stats, this has increased my average of 1 view per day to 30 between 1 January and today. So which is true?   If I believe Klout to be a measure of my online worth, my virtual heart would have descended to the soles of my cyber-boots.   If I believe WordPress, I would be approaching e-Nirvana.

Klout  claims that you will discover how you influence your networks, share and grow your passions and earn recognition for your influence.  It’s very glossy and there is some impressive-looking about how to promote yourself.  If your Klout rises, you get perks. This site does two things – it monitors the networks, and applies a score, or a rating, if you will, based on the number of interactions you have, e.g. shares, clicks, likes, favourites and so on, and also allows members to “vote” each other up on a set number of topics – the more influence you gain, the more topics you can have to be voted on.  The maximum score is 100.  As of today, the Klout home page shows that Mr Obama enjoys a score of 99.

I’m not that worried about promoting myself, but I do like to test numbers and mess about on the internet.  A little while ago, I engaged in an experiment with an acquaintance of mine – he is a professional who wishes to promote himself online for business reasons. Lots of people do.  I’ve got my own Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the three dogs in residence at Baskerville Manor at the time also had their own profiles on both networks.  Anyway, one wet Saturday morning when I really had nothing better to do than fool about with my laptop I decided to amuse myself by seeing how far I could push this person’s Klout score.  Each dog got signed up to Klout, and together we voted up our subject on every topic he had listed.  At about 8:00 am, his score was 5.  The in-site voting spree netted him another 30.  Next step was to find him on Facebook and engage in a round of likes, shares and comments on his latest five posts – score: 20.  So by around 10:00 am, he had a Klout rating of 55.  Rounds 2 and 3 followed on Twitter and LinkedIn – by noon he had reached the dizzy height of 93  Following with some comments and likes on his WordPress blog, the meter twitched a little higher, finally settling at 98.  Meanwhile, my dogs had begun to complain that their email inboxes and their Twitter feeds were overflowing with Klout notifications.  Result of the experiment?  The rating mechanism seems to have a bias for in-site scoring, and the search engine seems to be more sensitive to the likes of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn than to WordPress.  The drop in my Klout mentioned above seems to support this.

Did the Klout score do anything to improve my subject’s profile?  Not appreciably, he tells me.  Today, without the support of me and my canine assistants, his Klout score is back to 11.  Even with this drastic reduction in his Klout, business goes on as usual.  Like me, he was not terribly thrilled about the promised perks – when they materialised in our respective dashboards, they turned out to be special offers for movie tickets (only usable if you are in America), coffee vouchers (ditto), and … roll of drums.. a breast pump. As the ship called motherhood has sailed far past my personal horizon, I’m just a tad underwhelmed.

The moral of this story? My experiment demonstrate that I was rather good at influencing my test subject’s Klout, but that there was no appreciable benefit to me, him, or mankind in general.  So, while you think about whether or not you are good at influencing other people, consider the context, then ask yourself – does it really matter?

NaBloPoMo January 2014  – Queen – Under Pressure – Picture from Hypnosis Information Center – which has some interesting information about how to avoid being influenced.

Day Twenty Four: Chat with other event participants

esurance-facebook-feedbackDay Twenty-Four:  Chat with other event participants – visit five other participants in the event your chose on Day 22. Leave at least two comments. (Read and comment more if you can!)

I was rather peeved with this one – I’ve already been visiting event participants , leaving comments on interesting posts and responding to others when they are nice enough to comment on my posts and I’ve enjoyed doing that. And didn’t we already do something like this on Day Fourteen?  Yes we did – and then we did more of the same on Day Seventeen.

I don’t tend to leave comments for the sake of leaving a comment, I prefer to take up space on another person’s page when they have said something that is meaningful or interesting to me. If I want to chat, I’ll do it through Facebook or Twitter, which are designed for that purpose.

The result of this exercise is that more people who have already been visiting me began posting comments, which leads to more conversation and guess what? Although it is very nice to chat, I’ve been spending time bouncing between my notifications and the various posts where the comments are located trying to make sure nobody is left out than actually chatting. It’s actually quite a headache, especially if some nice person responds to my reply  – because of the number of comments, I couldn’t readily remember what they were talking about unless I bounced back to the original post. 

Here’s hoping that the level of comments will settle down once everybody has done their homework for this on, and we will return to a more natural flow of conversation. In the meantime, if you are one of the people that I seemed to ignore, I promise you – it was not on purpose! 

Shame on you WordPress – if you want to turn your site into another Facebook/Twitter, shouldn’t you make the navigation between posts and comments a little smoother? 

Zero to Hero – Picture from Healthcare Leadership Blog – Zero to Hero Roundup

Day Eighteen: Activate a social network–Zero to Hero and Beyond on Facebook

Task for today: Activate a social network.

Sheesh, I’ve had Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn publicised ever since I opened my WordPress account.  Yesterday I clearly had an attack of precognition, because I signed up for Path – although having done so,  I don’t really see the point of it, having already got the Big Three as well as Google+ on the go, and all my friends and family are signed up to one more. Nobody I know uses Path, they can see my stuff on the other platforms, so why annoy them.  I signed up for Pinterest a couple of weeks ago, but haven’t really got the hang of it yet.

The thing is, the Publicise tool on WordPress simply allows you to publish your own posts.  If you like a blog, you can add it to your Blogroll, or links widget, or whatever, but if you want to share anything from that other blog on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. it seems that you must go to each individual post to do it.  There is an app on Facebook, called Networked Blogs which my niece and I used to good effect a couple of years ago, when she was engaged in a charity fund-raiser.  This app allows you to “network” any blog, regardless of the platform. You can choose to have your favourite blogs just in your reader (which is way easier on the eye  than the WordPress reader), you can set up any blog you like to automatically “syndicate” to your Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn, and if your friends are also members, they can “vote up” your posts in their own readers (and you can do the same in return).

As an experiment, over the next couple of days I am going to add the blogs I follow to my Networked Blogs account and syndicate them to a new Facebook page I’ve started called “Zero to Hero and Beyond”. There’s a post there about Networked Blogs, so you can join if you like, or just “like” the page.  If you add me on Networked Blogs, I promise to add you back and share you on the page.  Go on, give it a go, let’s see how it comes out.

 

 

Zero to Hero

Virtual Colleagues

Social Media
Borrowed from 1 to 1 Media

Writing today’s  post for Daily Prompt set me to thinking how may of you share your virtual life with your real-world colleagues?

Post: The Luckiest People

Daily Prompt: The Luckiest People

Peephole

Twitter and Facebook afford us a peephole into the minds of others, or at least, the parts of their minds that they want to share.  No co-incidence that the 140 characters or less microblogging giant is called Twitter.  Here we are with the most advanced means of communicating with each other in history, and what do we resort to, but mimicking  the behaviour of birds calling out to each other to mark territory, sound alarms and engage in the mating ritual.  I wonder what the Stanford Research Network Working Group would make of what we have done with their brainchild.

Velvet Verbosity – 100 Words

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