You hear a lot on Twitter these days about Klout as a measurement of influence online partly due to a company and website of the same name doing just that. Now they’re even saying they may be able to measure offline Klout. Can our influence in the world be measured by algorithms and do we want it to? I don’t think it’s possible and why would we want it to be? I don’t think about clout or influence over family or people in my life much. Maybe it’s because the main “person” in my life I want to please, I already know I can’t influence: God, the source of all true offline clout.
I can please Him, however and here’s how:
Matthew: 22: 37-38 “And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38) ‘This is the great and foremost commandment.'”
This is a great verse and I’ve read it many times, but I’ve most recently seen the reference on Twitter. Today, actually on the bio of a new friend.
Family and friends. The next most important relationships to me after my friendship with God. All I want is their love. How does that happen? I care for them — act in a loving way toward them, think of them first…put myself in their shoes — and lead with my heart.
That’s usually how I usually navigate my way through life and have since I was quite young. Not in my own power, but under the steam of He who first loved me. This last week when I was first introduced to Klout.com and my online Klout score I went a bit nuts. But, thankfully this week three blogging topic from #Usguys #Usblogs about offline Klout got me thinking and helped me. That, along with my new Twitter friend and the verse on her bio put things back into perspective.. So thank you @Project5050 who deserves a blog post of her own, and thank you to #Usguys Twitter tribe — my friends who are always causing me to learn new things. I appreciate the lesson on life and the reminder about the true Source of clout.