A still from Extreme Force (2001)

In response to a request on Facebook today, I dug through some of my old Alamout Black CDs, and managed to locate a track we made called “World View“.

This song was featured in a fight scene in the 2001 film Extreme Force.  My friend Kays Alatrakchi was the guy who did the music for that film, and we made this song specifically for it.  A lot of fun, that, though I have to admit it sounds pretty dated to me now.  Kays more recently did the music for Midnight Son as well, which is a totally excellent vampire film, and which you should see immediately, if you haven’t already.

Anyways, here’s the song.  Right-click to download.

Oh, Klout.  I want to love you, but you just won’t let me.

Let me begin this post by saying that Klout, the web site that claims to measure social media influence, isn’t a terrible idea.  There’s a really good reason to want a decent methodology for determining influence online.  After all, if you’re going to be spending time and effort to reach out to your audiences through social media, it makes sense to try to target the audience members who are most influential, and most likely to use their influence to talk up your product or service.

The idea is solid.  But Klout’s implementation is terrible, for one simple reason.  Their algorithm is ridiculously bad.

I’m not the first person to point this out.  But until today, I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt; maybe it works, mostly, with little problems here and there.  But in fact, their ratings just don’t bear any resemblance to reality.

To demonstrate, have a look at the screen caps after the jump.  These were all taken today.

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