I finally took the plunge and decided to join Klout.com. This web application encourages you to interact with your online communities as a way to earn influence. We do this everyday and some of us spend a considerable amount of time in our online communities, all for the love of our hobby (or hobbies) collecting and making miniatures. Of course, there's a healthy dose of crafting, design, sewing and photography added to the mix.
|From the Klout.com webpage|
I quickly realized while navigating my way through the site, that the creators by using the principals of gamification gave me the incentive to interact with my online communities while simultaneously promoting their application. Yes, you can skip prompts to tweet or post to your Facebook timeline but sometimes these actions are wrapped into earning rewards or accomplishing certain tasks. There's a mixture of positive and negative opinions about Klout.com. For those of you who have used it, I'd love to hear your opinions.
|From the Klout.com website|
I see it as worthwhile because as your Klout score increases, you become eligible for some nice perks in the form of access to various products or services without any obligation to promote them. Yes, Klout gives you the option to do so with a recommended disclosure statement. However, receiving the perk is not contingent upon promotion. I have only received 2 perks so far. They include 1) a pack of co-branded (you can pay to remove their brand) business cards for the cost of shipping ($5.00 US) from Moo.com and 2) an invite into a beta-testing group for a new web application. Simply by doing what you love, blogging and interacting with other miniaturists, you could be earning perks that might interest you. Something to consider, at least. Cruise on over to Klout.com, it might be a good fit for you.
Note: This is my second post to mention Moo. Their cards are truly little design gems and if you want to really stock up here's a link to a discount just from me and Moo...http://www.moo.com/share/tcj6qc