Many of my friends are new to Klout and have no idea how to use it. I got to admit until someone gave me my very first +K I was completely clueless too. Klout isn’t as straight forward as we would like it to be. I’m guessing the reason for that is, it’s beta, and it’s not meant to be user friendly yet. One important thing to note is Klout doesn’t work on mobile services yet nor their app.
When you log in you are faced with your home page. You want to pay attention to the top left, by the words KLOUT beta right beside that is an icon that looks like three lines. That’s where your notifications are of when someone gives you a +K. Usually you can click on that and a drop down menu will appear, if you wish to see all the notifications, click on “View all Klout notifications.”
Now you can see not only who gave you a +K, but what topic, and what time. You have the ability to share the information, and in time we hope a quicker way to return them. Instead for now you need to click the person’s name.
Now you have reached someone’s profile. Over to the right you will see “Influential about X topics and under that you will see three topics. Usually people have a lot more. You can either tick one of those +K’s or you can click over to the lower left, “topics.” This will show you all the person’s topics they have. You don’t need to click the title of the topic, just click “Give +K.”
In the lower left right near the toolbar on your browser you will see You have X +K. You are meant to have ten +K when you log in every day, but I have heard people get as few as five at a time.
The method is let’s say you just started out, invite your friends on whatever social network you may to be on. Wait until you have topics, which you can buy them with your five +K or you can wait for Klout to add them, and feel free to delete those you don’t like. But if you are just starting out, leave them so you can have a proper exchange with people. Once you have a friend to exchange with, you give them a +K in anyone of their topics, and they are meant to return it to you. You will quickly discover this to not be the case. Many seem to be greedy and merely pass it onto someone else who will in turn pass it back to them. And the chain continues. If you run across someone like that, don’t attempt an exchange again, they do know what they did, as they were alerted you gave to them. It’s all about being fair.
If you exchange with people please be aware that people have lives. Don’t expect an instant exchange back, and don’t give any more than three at a time. I can’t tell you how many complaints I have heard about people being bombed with five to ten at a time. A user on Klout, at this time, can only hold ten. Topics on Klout reset every week, so you can keep exchanging.
You do not need to tweet or post on Facebook every time you give someone a +K. I don’t, and it doesn’t help your score any. Only engagement with others does. The person you gave the +K would need to reply, and or retweet what you tweeted to have any count what so ever. Other wise it helps your Kred, and that’s a whole other web site.