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Did Klout just get a lot more Klout?

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Hootsuite, the somewhat underrated social media management tool, had a major revamp last week. The most significant addition was the ability to manage your followers in a more effective and efficient way. Users can now flit effortlessly between Twitter accounts and view changes in follower numbers, easing the decision of who to follow back and when.

A large part of this development was the addition of Klout influencer scores to each of your followers. Your Klout score is determined by cross referencing a number of factors, including number of followers, type of posts and tweets shared, to give you an overall influence score.

This can be mighty useful when trying to decide who is worthy of a follow back and who we may be able to learn from. Hootsuite’s recognition of the power of Klout has itself added more credibility to the Klout ranking system.

But can we measure influencer levels based on an automated system? Take a look at your own profile and you will often find tweeps who you respect with a lower ranking than you. The ultimate downfall of the system is it’s inability to recognise the influence of people’s roles in the real world on their Twitter pull power. Respected in the real world and it may only take a tweet a day to satisfy your followers thirst for interaction.

Regardless of the flaws, any tool that streamlines the Twitter management process has it’s benefits and Klout offers a comprehensive glance at what you could expect from a potential Twitter connection. This becomes particularly helpful when coping with large numbers of followers or managing multiple accounts.

If you’re not sure of your Klout score, you can register at Klout.com. Remember to update your Klout account regularly to make the most of your profile and track your own development.

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February 23, 2010 at 7:48 am

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Not quite twittelating enough

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Oh how times change in the fast paced world of social media. Last year, after finally getting my hands on my, now much loved, iPhone, I wrote a post based on a thorough test of the iPhone Twitter apps on the market. Looking back on my posts for 2009 I found my handset now tells a different story.

The Twitter apps on offer have evolved dramatically in the past few months but to me there’s still no one stop shop that meets all our tweeting needs. For anyone feeling unfulfilled by their current app, I recommend a combination of three to fully quench your thirst for 140 characters.

My all time favourite has to be Twittelator Pro, for the ease and scope of posting. No other app I’ve found allows you to post images, video, audio, geo tagging and even emoticons in one tweet. There are other nifty functionalities which ease use such as the ability to reply all and save messages to tweet later. The app also supports Twitter lists – useful for those who follow big numbers but like to monitor a select few more closely.

It may be damn clever but Twittelator Pro is still missing a few elements, for which I use two other apps in tandem.

Hootsuite, my all time favourite Twitter app on the desktop offers the ability to schedule tweets in advance – a must have for those managing multiple accounts.

Boxcar completes the package with push notifications – it’s mindboggling that Twittelator Pro has not caught on to this.

So months later yet still no complete offering. The market may be awash with products but there could still be a gap for an app that truly understands the extent of a Twitter addicts needs.

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January 25, 2010 at 6:39 pm