Klout 200 – Tips and Best Practices

Last week we gave an intro to the world of Klout for those that were not familiar. Today we’ll conclude with tips and best practices for Klout.

These include:

1) Google Chrome and Klout Extension
2) Twitter
3) Klout Score Analysis
4) +K and Thank You’s
5) Klout Topics
6) Klout Profiles
7) Klout Achievements

Google Chrome and Klout Extension: Even if you’re not a Klout user I would recommend using Google Chrome as your browser. The toolbar is clean, not cumbersome, and Chrome provides the best experience for surfing. Internet Explorer (IE) is dead right now. Chrome has something called extensions that work to enhance certain programs and sites. Yes there is a Klout extension with Chrome that I highly recommend downloading. It will make your Klout experience that much more fruitful. Similar extensions available on Firefox and Opera.

Google Chrome Download

Klout Extension

You’ll see the arrows pointing at the K. The K appears next to handles in Twitter after the Klout Extension is downloaded. You can click on the K in Twitter to get to that profile.

Twitter: To really get the most out of Klout, you should really be using Twitter. Klout becomes difficult to manage if you are only on Facebook. Klout’s foundation is Twitter. Register today if you’re not on already on Twitter.

Klout Score Analysis: Each day your score updates and you’ll see the score action on a graph within your profile. Below is an example from my account.

+K and Thank You’s: +K is important part of Klout. +K are something you give to other Klout members in Topics were you’ve been influenced and/or because you like the person. They serve as a nice gesture to other members and are a good way to build rapport. When you first start with Klout you are given 5 +K’s per day to give out. It’s use them or lose them in that 24 hour period. Recently, active members were given 10 +K’s per day to disperse daily. Try to use your daily allotment whenever you’re online. People appreciated receiving these little nuggets. Finally, make sure to thank the person via a tweet, FB message on wall, or by reciprocating with +K back. There are automated Thank You’s within Klout that can be used as well.

Klout Topics: Based on the content of your messages the Klout program will generate Topics. Early on there was a lot of noise on this because Klout was generating Topics for users that had little or no relevance. That has died down, and the Topics generated are now generally on the mark. You also have the ability to hide a topic if you wish. I try to keep number of Topics at about 10 and have a few blocked currently. Topics are generated monthly. Below is an example of Topics.

Klout Profiles: Based on your messaging Klout will provide you with a Profile. An example of profiles includes Broadcaster, Feeder, Thought Leader, Pundit, Specialist and others. Again this is something Klout generates based on your content and behavior.

Klout Achievements: Klout gives you badges based on hitting certain milestones. These are fun and can automatically sent out via Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. Below is an example of some of the badges.

Hopefully this provides a good overview of Klout and what it offers. It’s a fun part of the Social Media experience, and I foresee Klout being around for awhile. They continue to improve and enhance their service. Enjoy the Klout experience.