Klout is shutting down, so your score REALLY doesn't matter now

Maybe it never did.

Sean Hollister Senior Editor / Reviews
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Sean Hollister

Remember years ago when people were vaguely concerned that a single overarching social media "score" might define your status and self-worth in the real world? It was called Klout, and on Thursday, Klout announced it's officially shutting downVentureBeat notes.

I will admit I had forgotten that Klout existed, and so I apologize if it was important to you. The last time I even thought about Klout was when I watched a fairly excellent episode of Black Mirror starring Bryce Dallas Howard that explored the Klout idea taken to such an extreme that all of society revolved around it.

It's not as far-fetched as all that: By 2020, China plans to give all of its 1.4 billion citizens a personal "social credit" score, based on how they behave.

Watch this: China turns to tech to monitor, shame, rate citizens