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Did my plan to beat the recession work?

On 15 December I shamelessly asked people to retweet a post: Re-Tweet this post – it’s part of my plan to beat the recession. The underlying purpose was to see if I could manipulate my social Klout score and qualify for a business loan. I couldn’t.

The post got 15 tweets, 3 LinkedIn shares, 2 G+ shares and 5 Facebook likes – and I thank everyone who responded.

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Sharing the post...

Sharing the post…

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During this period my Klout score rose to its highest ever: 49 – possibly enough to get me an interview for a job as a janitor in a business under administration; but not enough to fool the money men.

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Highest score ever!

Highest score ever!

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Since that time the score has resumed its downward trend, suggesting my natural social score is around 45 (much better than when I opened my Klout account with a score of 30 – at which time Thomas Power of the ecademy social/business network accurately described me as a ‘social muppet’). (Incidentally, ecademy was bought by Lyndon Wood last July and is now, even as I write this, morphing into SunZu – The Art of Business.)

69% of my Klout score comes from my engagement with Twitter. Less than 2% comes from Google+, and the rest from LinkedIn. Nothing comes from Facebook because I do nothing with Facebook.

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Source of my social standing

Source of my social standing

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So what can I conclude from this experiment? Well, the simple fact is that my score increased by about two points. The implication, then, is that if I were a more naturally social animal, cultivated Facebook and other networks and told everyone what I had for breakfast despite being hung over from last night’s debauchery (which I would have interrupted every two minutes to explain what base I had reached), then I could rapidly become a better business bet. But I would have to maintain this engagement over an extended, possibly continuous, period. Or, as Mary Branscombe said when she kindly commented on the original request:

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Tweet from Mary Branscombe

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What a strange world, this world of ours.

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  1. james
    January 7, 2013 at 7:33 am

    It’s the same world where you are judged increasingly by your credit rating. Having no debt to service, however, and no credit cards to pay off, equals zero credit rating and no access to credit should you ever need it. I’ve also heard rumors that potential employers and other agencies are looking at credit ratings to determine ‘trustworthiness’. I’ve had no credit cards and have lived outside the western world for over a decade, so my chances of living a normal life should I ever return are slim.

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  2. Tony Larks
    January 5, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Sadly Klout places greater emphasis on Facebook than Twitter or LinkedIn. The only benefit I received was an airline lounge where I received access to the first lounge with Qantas. Otherwise pointless.

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