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Social media credibility and influence

Kred LogoKlout has been around for some time, providing social media geeks with a way of measuring their “influence” via their various social network postings.

It appears a new player is on the way:  Kred

What is it? Well, in an article posted on Techcrunch, it apparently is slowly rolling out over the next week or so – headed directly for a head to head confrontation with Klout.

Curiosity got the better of me, so I decided to sign up via Twitter to get an invitation to check it out – gotta stay on top of the new stuff, you know…

I’ll let Techcrunch tell ya how it works (go check out the article):

“So how is this different from Klout? The main difference is Kred’s transparency. It shows you exactly how you got your score and lets you drill down to every retweet to see how many points it was worth. A normal retweet might be worth 10 points, but one from somebody with high Kred might be worth 50. A mention is worth more than follow, and so on. Since Kred is calculating everyone’s scores in realtime, it normalizes your score against the average.”

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Google+ for the masses…

Google plus logoIt’s official – you no longer need an invite for Google+   -effective immediately, the search engine giant has opened its doors to the public after 99 updates to their offering during the beta testing period.

Have you played with this new networking opportunity yet? I have to admit that I was a little leery at first, but the program offers some really cool options – the most notable being the “circles” that you can create out of friends, family, professional associates, and just about any other demographic you could think of. Currently I work in Facebook as a social / family / friend tool – and save work associates for LinkedIn. This new approach could be a definite game changer for social networking.

Come on over and check it out