Like it or hate it, Klout, the self proclaimed, “Standard for Influence,” has become an increasingly important measurement of how much attention you get on social networks. As Wired recently reported, whether you get a job or not can depend on how high your Klout score is. A lot of people hate this. For these people, there's now a new standard for measuring one's “asshattery online:” Klouchebag.
Tom Scott, Klouchebag's creator and a UK-based developer, speaker, and self-confessed Gadget Geek, explained that Klouchebag is the standard for measuring asshattery online. A bit more seriously, he explained, “I got annoyed with the fuss around Klout, the horrible social-game that assigns you a score based on how "influential" you are online. This is the result.”
To pinpoint your zero to one hundred score, zero being a saint and Klouchebag judges your tweets based on the ARSE rating system:
- Anger: “profanity and rage.”
Retweets: “‘please RT’s, no or constant retweeting, and old-style.”
Social Apps: “every useless check-in on foursquare or its horrible brethren.”
English Usage: “if you use EXCLAMATION MARKS OMG!!! or no capitals at all, this’ll be quite high.”
Is Klouchebag perfect? Nope. It only works in English. It, as Scott explained, is also quite possibly broken since he coded it in just a few hours. And, if you don't like your score—I, for example, am “mostly alright” with a score of 28, which clearly shows this algorithm doesn't know me very well!--Scott would like to remind you that: “This is about as scientific as Klout's own measurements — which is to say, it's pretty much a crapshoot. You're probably a lovely person. Although you might want to cut down on the swearing a bit.”