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The Conversation with Cathy Brooks - Episode #36

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Let me get this out of the way. I don't give a flying frog's fat backside what my Klout score is. I have even less concern over yours. Why? Well, for starters ranking systems like this are questionable at best - and at worst, which is the case with Klout, they become sleazy dirty business. We probably shouldn't be surprised that Klout is in the news again for their less than savory practice (now allegedly ceased) of automatically creating Klout profiles for people considering that the CEO has shown less than savory behavior since launching his business (admitting to "stalking" Twitter execs for starters).

This week a discussion of social web "influence" what that really means (like when people who actually *have* influence rebel) and why we should censure those who create these types of businesses. Joining Cathy for this week's rant ... ahem ... reasoned discourse ... is Tonia Ries, founder of Modern Media, which produces the RealTime Report and the Realtime Conference - she also was included in a New York Times story on Monday, November 14 that spoke about some of the industry leaders who've spoken out against Klout.

The Conversation is not about technology. It's about what you do with it. Jumping from this basic premise, each week The Conversation's Executive Producer & Host Cathy Brooks explores the bits and bytes that are changing the way people get and share information, interact and the way in which this is fundamentally changing social and professional interactions. Each week guests ranging from up and comer entrepreneurs to seasoned influencers and everyone in between join Cathy to talk about what they do, why they do it and how their personal story fits into the mix.

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