Over the course of the past couple of months, there has been a significant increase in the visibility of a site I joined a while back – Klout. Not all of the attention has been shall we say complimentary, especially when it comes to privacy, which has been very negative.
Now usually I am not too worried about privacy on the Internet for the most part, because I don’t believe that there is any – privacy.
However, at the same time if more than a few of the techie people I follow on Twitter or Google+ raise concerns about something, then I start to get concerned and usually opt out of that service, much like I did with Facebook and a few others.
I really didn’t pay all that much attention to Klout and I don’t need a service setting a artificial number on my web presence, saying that I have clout (I spelled it correctly) in certain areas. I don’t really worry about numbers (if anything I did everything backwards, my score kept going down), because I am strictly a small-time blogger, who is not marketing myself or my blogs very aggressively and my declining Klout scores showed it.
When I attempted to opt-out of Klout a while back, it was hassle and I gave up on it for later in the winter when I will have more time to mess with something like this. Today in my Twitter stream @DannyBrown provided the following link to:
Klout Now Allows You To Delete Your Account on Punk Views on Social Media.
I read the article and followed the easy directions to delete my Klout account, which I did this afternoon.
|Klout Screenshot – Edit Profile|
|Klout Screenshot – Confirmation of Klout opt-out|
It was painless and easy, the way it should have been the first time.
The reality is from my perspective Klout was unnecessary to my needs as a Blogger or other things that I do on the Internet, so I got rid of it.
So goodbye Klout and I wonder how many other people did the same thing today? I know I was able to cross one more thing off my winter TODO list.