Last week I asked if Klout is a good way to measure a person’s influence online. Not really.
Well I just found another approach that seems a lot more interesting using you number of followers and the number of lists you are a part of.
Here’s how it works:
To calculate LFR quickly, add a zero (0) to the Listed number and then divide that by the number of Followers, i.e. I have 4088 followers and appear on 483 Lists, my LFR is 4830/4088 = 1.18. A number > 1.00 means people are paying attention to you, a score approaching 2.00 means you have the focused attention of many!
For practical purposes, I actually think this is quite useful because a good sign of a person’s influence is the number of lists he/she is a part of. It’s easier to manipulate your number of followers, but not the number of lists you are a part of.
If someone added you to a list, it means that person is using you as a filter and wants to keep an eye on you. While some will say that retweets are a better sign of online influence, it’s a lot more difficult to measure because getting retweeted depends on a lot of factors.
This approach is certainly more practical and intuitive than all the measurement metrics Klout uses. What do you think of this approach?
- What’s the best way to measure social media influence? (sphinn.com)
- The trouble with measuring influence via social media (econsultancy.com)
- The Great Klout Plunge of 2011 (cc-chapman.com)