For a while now I’ve been wavering over the deletion of my Klout profile. I’ve been aware of some issues over privacy and attitudes to users, but I’ve been allowing the benefits of having a high score to sway me.
What benefits, you may say? Well, the most obvious one for me is that Klout is a part of the metrics that make up the tots100 score, and I’m rather proud of my place in the top 100. I don’t know precisely what effect removing Klout will have – my understanding is that if I delete my profile my Klout will show as zero rather than the fake score given to ppl who’ve never signed up.
[ETA before you opt out, take note of which networks you’d added to Klout. Once you’ve opted out, you need to go to each network/ application and revoke Klout’s access or they can continue harvesting your data as per
Dabney’s article here Link removed due to malware warning while I investigate].
So tonight, I’ve joined in with the exodus and I’ve deleted my profile. These are the reasons I gave:
“I do not like to be viewed as a commodity rather than a person, and I don’t like the attitude towards privacy that Klout is currently displaying. There is also no responsibility or transparency in calculating a score which has become vital to some ppl’s ability to hold down or gain a job, and this is something I do not wish to endorse. ”
By continuing to play the Klout game, I was endorsing a system that is giving individuals in marketing/ PR problems left right and centre as it arbitrarily changed scores without anyone knowing how it worked. I was condoning invasion of privacy via ppl with no awareness having profiles created for them, and letting brands think I agreed with my reputation being a part of their marketing. I don’t agree with any of those things, and so I’ve pulled out. It took an article Midlife Single Mum pointed me at to crystallize that thinking, but I’m there, and I feel somewhat liberated.
I’m only ashamed it’s taken me so long.