Yesterday, I wrote a post about influence on social media.  I had my tongue thoroughly planted in my cheek as I typed it and got some interesting reactions to it.   I do my social media stuff pretty much as a hobby.  I’m not trying to influence anyone; just sharing my thoughts at any given point in time.

Klout does try to assign a number that shows how influential someone might be.  It’s interesting reading to see how it’s done.  I suppose that if you were living and dying by the number, you would actively go ahead and work on your score.  Of course, you’d have to do something with it to give it some value.  Where, I’m at a loss – somehow I just don’t envision someone’s resume including a Klout score although I suppose a media savvy employer might check out the score if it was important to them.

In the replies, my friend Alfred Thompson made reference to the Teach 100.  I visited the site and the top 10 when I was there looked like this.


Now, Alfred and I have jokingly had many a conversation about Top # lists.  Often similar to a popularity contest, it’s not unusual to find a high ranking blog that hasn’t been updated for quite a while!  It is what it is.  But, like a train wreck, I had to see if I was there.

If you visit the site, you’ll see how they determine the score for the ranking, if you’re interested.  What I think would be of real interest in the classroom would be to have a discussion with students about what just goes into developing an online blogging presence.  For teachers, it’s a great way to discover new blogs to read based upon some criteria.
For a blogger, it’s an opportunity to bow your head when you finally find yours and see that you’re number 133 on the Teach 100.

To help put things in perspective, Seth Godin had an appropriate post on Saturday.
Measuring nothing (with great accuracy)


OTR Links 01/27/2014

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.