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Thought-provoking post! I'm obviously biased, but I prefer Mirror.me over Klout because we don't bother measuring influence for a lot of the reasons you say at the beginning of this post -- it's tough to build a reliable algorithm for online influence. Instead, Mirror.me measures (and visualizes!) your interest communities based on your social connections to help you understand your social network better. When you understand the intersection between your interests and another person's, there's a lot of opportunity for engagement there...and it doesn't matter if one person is more "influential" than the other if the interest is consistent.
The Morton's Steak House example is interesting, too. Of course I'd be thrilled to have a restaurant follow through on such a whimsical, joking request, but I still think at the end of the day I'd be happier with connections to a business that cares about my tweets that aren't @-replied directly to it as well.
Thanks for the thoughts!
--Jenn at Mirror.me
1 year, 8 months ago on Why Critics of Klout Are Missing the Big Picture
Danny Brown Excellent. I agree on those tips, too. (Although I'm often guilty of #4...)
1 year, 9 months ago on How to Kill Your Blog in 10 Easy Steps
Danny Brown You should make a post about how to kill your Twitter account!
These are great tongue-in-cheek suggestions for killing a blog :-) The first few apply to your Twitter account, too. Thanks for sharing and for the smiles!
There is so much great information here. I was just having a conversation about this today. Like Daniel, I believe #10 is so important. Don't put on a show. Be yourself. Develop a relationship that includes trust. It doesn't mean you're besties in a personal way. Be the best partner you can be.
1 year, 10 months ago on 12 Most Important Ways to Build Relationships and Get #RonR
(I can't figure out how to actually reply--sorry!) That IS really sad that your friend felt that way about his or her influence on Twitter. I would tell that person to focus on building relationships with people who have similar interests on Twitter. Even if that's only 5 people who care about the point you're making--if you've done your job building a community, that's 5 people who genuinely care. Much more powerful than 50,000 people who won't even read what you wrote. --Jenn at Mirror.me
1 year, 11 months ago on Fans, Friends, Followers, and the Reason Why None of it Matters
I really like that you're challenging the idea that just because someone has a lot of followers or friends, that automatically makes that person influential. You can have 50,000 followers on Twitter, but if you don't engage with them, what's the point? If you don't know anything about your friends and followers' interests, why bother having them? Over at Mirror.me, we prefer to focus on interest and community instead of influence :-)