Media: Who's On -- And Off -- The 2012 Klout List
The first rule of Klout is that Klout makes no sense and that anyone who brings it up automatically loses. For example, I'm #17 on this year's version, up six spots from last year, but USA Today's Greg Toppo isn't even on there (The 30 Top Education Policy Tweeters). Neither is Valerie Strauss, of the Washington Post.
Indeed, some folks are listed quite high on the list -- Tom Vander Ark, Mike Klonsky -- whom I wouldn't consider especially influential (though Klonsky is admirably angry). Other notable exclusions include SLA's Chris Lehman. (Diane Ravitch is up there next to Arne Duncan,which is no surprise but still sort of saddening to me.)
It's worth noting that the among the opinion writers the list is full of reform critics like Anthony Cody, TFT, etc. -- which supports my December 2011 theory that reformers are way behind on social media (in favor of mainstream media, where they seem to dominate).
My post on this occasion from last year: Ravitch Comparable To Krugman, Says Fordham