Fans of Klout, prepare to be mortified. There’s a new site making the rounds on Twitter today and it’s poking fun at Klout – in a big way. It’s called Klouchebag and it’s pretty funny. Even loyal Klout participants will get a chuckle, because no matter how important Klout says you are, it’s always good to be able to laugh at yourself . . . right?
Klouchebag measures how much of an asshat you are on Twitter. No, I’m sorry it’s more than that. Much like Klout has been called the “standard for influence online,” Klouchebag is “the standard for measuring asshattery online!”
It appears, Tom Scott, an apparently all around talented individual (with a funny bone) got annoyed “with the fuss around Klout, the horrible social-game that assigns you a score based on how “influential” you are online.” And this is the result. If you’re wondering why we’re singing his praises, its nothing against Klout (or iiiiis it?), it’s based more on the stuff you’ll find on his website, including this interesting clip about a flash mob gone terribly wrong:
But back to Klouchebag.
According to the website, it “about as scientific as Klout’s own measurements — which is to say, it’s pretty much a crapshoot.” And it uses the ARSE rating system.
Anger: profanity and rage.
Retweets: “please RT”s, no or constant retweeting, and old-style.
Social Apps: every useless checkin on foursquare or its horrible brethren.
English Usage: if you use EXCLAMATION MARKS OMG!!! or no capitals at all, this’ll be quite high.
This is all in good fun, of course. It seems Tom just wants to remind us that some silly algorithm doesn’t define us. Or, as Stuart Smalley (from Saturday Night Live) tells us, regardless of what anyone (or any number) thinks: