Forgive me but I am feeling a little irritated because I just discovering PinClout. Honestly, I debated writing a post that just said “Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!” and left it at that.

Why couldn’t they just leave Pinterest alone?

I have a love hate relationship with the original Klout model. Now that the world seems to have jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon, I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone created something like it. (By the way, even Klout hasn’t added Pinterest to the Klout score calculation yet.)

I’ve researched into it a bit and although not much is really known about PinClout, from the looks of it, the calculations seem to be based on total pins, total repins, total boards, total likes, total comments, total followers and total following. They metrics are not revealed on the site, although the company has tweeted, “We will be much more than just a score, planning to roll out powerful trend data and analytics soon.”

(Insert eye roll here.)

Not surprisingly, my PinClout score was incredibly low, and you know what?  I. Don’t. Care. Because I use Pinterest to discover lovely, clever, funny and beautiful things. I use it to curate vision boards and inspire myself and remember great products. I don’t give a hoot who repins my content, likes it or comments on it. I’m not using it to drive traffic or market myself. My content brings me joy.

Which is precisely WHY I resent PinClout. Can’t we just leave it alone, people? Must we measure and ruin THAT as well? I’m already way too aware of my Twitter score thanks to Klout.

I’d like to respectfully suggest that we all start using social media and technology again for the sheer joy of it.

What do you think?