How to opt-out of your Klout profile

Don't care about your online influence? Klout automatically creates a profile for you using your public Twitter account, but here's how to opt-out.

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Klout is an online service that measures your influence by analyzing your interactions on social networks. If you have a public Twitter account, your Klout profile is automatically created, regardless of whether you signed up for the service or not.

Other Internet services, like search engines, can access your Twitter feed as well, so Klout isn't unique when it comes to gathering your Twitter data. Klout, however, allows you to opt-out of their service. Here's how:

Step 1: To begin the opt-out process, go to http://klout.com/corp/optout and click on the Twitter or Facebook link at the bottom of the page.

Klout opt-out link
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 2: Authorize the opt-out app to use your Twitter or Facebook accounts.

Authorize Klout opt-out app in Twitter
Klout opt-out app for Twitter. Screenshot by Ed Rhee
Authorize Klout opt-out app in Facebook
Klout opt-out app for Facebook. Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 3: Fill out the opt-out form and click on the "Submit" button.

Klout opt-out form
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

That's it. For those of you who have a Klout account but want to delete it, make sure you're logged in to your Klout account before visiting the opt-out page. Your profile will be removed from Klout's Web site within 48 hours and the API within a week. Remnants of your data may linger for up to six months, however.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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