Klout Scoring System Adds Networks: Google+ to Follow

Many of you will have heard of Klout, a company that measures a users social networking influence using social media analytics. The company is now three years old and started by just looking at Twitter accounts before spreading to Facebook too, followed this year by LinkedIn, Foursquare and YouTube. Today we have news that Klout is to add more services to its scoring system, Blogger, Flickr, Instagram, Last.fm and Tumblr, and that it also has plans to eventually add Google+.

The Klout platform has gained a lot of prestige in the three years of its existence and it’s hoped that by adding more networks into the mix, a wider picture of a person’s online influence can be built. Klout CEO Joe Fernandez, said, “The networks we launched today were chosen to give the Klout score a more holistic view of influence. By adding blogging, photos and music to the interactions that we are already measuring we are moving closer to our goal of providing a complete picture of your influence,” according to Brian Anthony Hernandez over on Mashable.

Users of Klout will now see grayed-out icons on their dashboards and if you wish to add those additional networks to be measured as part of your overall online activity, simply click on the icons. Klout is also enthusiastic about adding Google+, the latest social network, into its calculations. Fernandez said, “We are eagerly anticipating them launching their API. As soon as they make the data available we will be ready to add it to the Klout score.”

As Google+ has already gained such a huge following in a short space of time it’s good to hear that it will also be considered in future developments. Fernandez went on to acknowledge the hard work of the Klout team and the fact that the 8 new services added in the last three months was a verification of that and also the growing force of the company. For example those with high Klout scores are now being offered ‘perks’ by some brands and Klout also recently introduced its +K button, which enables users to acknowledge others who they feel have influence on a certain subject.

We’d like to hear from you about this especially if you’re a Klout user. Are you pleased that additional networks will now be part of the Klout algorithm to calculate your online influence? Why not let us know by sending us your comments.