Deleting My Klout Profile: My Only Regret

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Last month I deleted my Klout account.

The deletion of my account was a protest of sorts. My goal was not to get others to delete their Klout profile, but to make a statement about behavior. I believed then and I still believe that Klout has negatively “changed the way some people behave on Twitter and in other social networks.” The volume of conversation about personal Klout scores was and is too high. My goal was to do something dramatic to try and reduce that volume. Others have made less dramatic pleas. Today, Chris Brogan included this as his number one suggestion for “things you might do less or not at all” in your attempt to get more Twitter followers: “1. Never once mention (or think about, or worry about) your Klout score.” I couldn’t agree more.

Unfortunately, for one Twitter “broadcaster” at least, my move may have had the opposite effect. Peter Brewer‘s Klout mentions have actually increased dramatically since my post, and I fear it’s only going to get worse. I truly care about this man, so it’s painful for me to watch. I’m sure he doesn’t see it this way, he probably thinks he’s having a bit of fun at my expense, but the fact of the matter is that the deletion of my Klout profile has become a distraction for Peter. It is the only post-deletion regret I have.

The man has lost it. It was bad enough when his tourette-like outbursts were directed at me, but he has even resorted to calling innocent bystanders vicious names, like “pupplylover.”

This is not the kind of behavior I was hoping to influence. Here are just a few examples of the Klout bender Peter has been on.



Peter, I love you like a brother. I hope that one day you can see that I’m doing fine without my Klout score. I hope  you’ll be able to move on and accept the fact that there are people in this world who don’t need a Klout score to prove their online worth. And even if you can’t, know this, my friend… I’m always here for you. I know that together we can get you through this rough patch.

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  1. says

    Dude … you have clout, not Klout.

    Even Jay Thompson, master manipulator of The Google, can take no steps … none, I tell ya … in adjusting your clout.

    There, I’ve said it.

    Have fun in Africa … looking forward to visiting that continent one day.


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