Your Klout Score Just Changed. Here’s Why

Your Klout Score Just Changed. Here’s Why.

Your Klout score may have just changed, by a lot. Tuesday the company rolled out updated scores for all of its users and began pushing out an updated Klout interface that focuses not on your Klout score, but the individual posts that got you there.


“We went from about 100 variables that we were looking at to over 400,” Joe Fernandez, founder and CEO of Klout told Mashable. “We’re looking at a bunch of new stuff.”


The service is looking at 12 billion data points per day across the seven social networks it looks at — 12 times more than it did previously.


While things like your number of friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter still play a role in your overall score, Klout puts more weight on who those followers are and how you’re engaging with them.


For instance, a like on your latest cat photo from Barack Obama will mean a lot more than a like from your coworker. Getting 100 retweets from just 10 tweets will also weigh more into your score than someone who gets 100 retweets from 1,000 tweets. If the same people retweet your content everyday, their retweets will also be weighed less than someone who gets the same number of retweets from different people.

Real-World Influence


Klout also now takes into account more of your real-world influence, and takes into account how important you are at your company -– the CEO will earn more Klout than the mail guy –- and if you’re important enough to have your own Wikipedia page.


“We had to figure out how to balance the real-world influence with the online influence,” says Fernandez. “We still lean more toward the online influence but now your real-world influence is coming more and more into play.”


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“Justin Beiber had a score of 100 and Barack Obama had a score of 94. Because we’re now looking at Wikipedia, and Barack has such an important Wikipedia page, his score goes up to 99 and Justin Beiber’s falls to 91”


Klout Moments



Klout Moments, a new page design when you log in, shows your most recent content , who it influenced, and how engaging it was. Your profile page on Klout now displays Your Moments, a look back at your most influential tweets and posts over the past 90 days.


Moments can also help you see what is making your score change.


“That was a common frustration people had,” says Fernandez. “Now you can see what resonates with your network.”


Fernandez describes Moments as a fundamental shift in Klout, and how people might look at the site, going from simply a score that was analyzing you to something that now shows off the interesting things you say, why you’re important, and what you’re passionate about.


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“Before I would come to Klout and I would just see a bunch of graphs, this is such a more personal view. You’re not influential because of a number. You’re influential because of what you say.”


If you love looking at the graphs, updated versions are also available and can also help give you a closer look at where your score is ultimately coming from.


Eventually Moments will also be available for individual topics, so you’ll be able to click on something — say, “cats” — and see your best content on that topic.


“Klout should make you feel important, and make you feel listed to.”


Raising the Bar

Trying to get your Klout score up? Here’s a rundown of some of the factors that play into your ultimate score.

Mentions via tag from other people
Subscriber count
Posts on your wall
Overall friend count


List memberships
Replies from you to your network
Number of followers


Comments on your content
Reshares of your content


Your job title on LinkedIn
Your connections


Tips completed – the number of suggestions you’ve left at venues that people have actually completed.


+K from your friends now also plays a role in your score. Previously it only influenced what categories you were thought to be influential in, not how influential you were in general.


Page Importance
Inlinks to Outlinks ratio
Number of Inlinks


New Klout scores will go live Tuesday, and the updated interface will slowly roll out to all users.

What do you think of the new Klout?

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4 Responses

  1. I have always felt that Kred has employed a far more transparent system of rating influence, highlighting every specific transaction which is adding to your score ( Klout moments ? ) and also integrating offline Kred with online Kred ( isn’t that what Klout is claiming to do now as well ?) I am not unhappy with the obvious similarities – I am actually thrilled, as I feel this is the way to go and if they better it, then maybe the world benefits ? Except for Bieber ! :)

    • V. says:

      I agree. Klout was behind in their way to measure influence. The news here are actually impressive. It really makes sense and I am interested to see what those moments show. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Reblogged this on whatblewmymindtoday and commented:
    and Klout is attempting to make up :-)

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