I'm an avid XKCD reader, and today's post made a reference to a new service called Klout. I've checked it out, apparently it has some algorithm that measures your following on social networks and assigns a score from 1 to 100 based on your influence in the social network sphere (facebook, twitter).
My response was like Randall's (the author of xkcd): I don't want to participate. I'm sure my score would be horribly low, and I think the whole idea feeds a sort of popularity contest of social network competition that defeats the core purpose of the web - which is to connect people in ways that they couldn't before.
What are your feelings about this? Has anyone found it to be a useful tool?