Former champion Tyson Fury to fight again after doping ban

first_img“We all saw the (Joseph) Parker affair. Anybody who can move a bit and throw a few feints, he struggles … I will outbox him for a few rounds and then I will knock him out.”Fury wants “to reclaim what is rightfully mine” from Joshua.“There are a few people out there claiming to be the world’s best, but I know for a fact they are not,” Fury said. “Given the right amount of fights, then I don’t believe these guys are going to be much of a match-up for me.”Fury believes the current heavyweight title holders are “sluggers and wild punchers”.He feels WBC champion Deontay Wilder is “top of the pile”, but maintained with typical bravado: “They are all vulnerable and very beatable too”.ADVERTISEMENT Warren cautioned that Fury would need three or four fights before being ready to take on the best in the business.“Until (other title holders) fight him,” Warren said, “they cannot consider themselves to be the (true) champion.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Fury has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to win the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, a result that shocked boxing and revitalized the heavyweight division.The British Boxing Board of Control suspended Fury in 2016 for drug and medical issues, amid a separate U.K. Anti-Doping investigation. That UKAD case ended in December when the fighter accepted a backdated two-year doping ban for elevated levels of nandrolone in urine samples.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAnthony Joshua has now moved to the pinnacle of heavyweight boxing by becoming the WBA, IBF and WBO belt holder.“He is a belt carrier for me,” Fury said. “By the time I get ready to fight, it is going to be an easy fight, no contest. He is looking for one punch all night. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lin plans to return to Nets a new player next season Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Former world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, left, sits with promoter Frank Warren during the press conference in London, Thursday April 12, 2018. Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is returning to the ring after serving a doping ban. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)LONDON — Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is returning to the ring after a doping ban.The 29-year-old Briton has signed with promoter Frank Warren and plans to fight on June 9 at the Manchester Arena against an opponent who is yet to be revealed.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Hull promoted to the Premier League with play-off victory over Sheff Wednesday

first_imgHull City return to the Premier League for the 2016/17 season having beaten Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium.The Tigers were dominant in the first half, as the Owls struggled with the occasion, but it was a frustrating 45 minutes for manager Steve Bruce as his side failed to take their chances.It took a wonder-strike from Mohamed Diamé in the second period to seal the victory and book his side’s place alongside Middlesbrough and Burnley in the top flight.WATCH Mo Diame’s stunning promotion-winning goal here!Hull were the side to settle the quicker, taking control of proceedings at Wembley as they looked to test the Owls’ nerves early on.Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone was the first to try his luck on goal, with his effort stinging the hands of Keiren Westwood.This was a preview of what was to come for the Tigers, with chance after chance created – but missed.Abel Hernandez, a club record £10m signing last summer, had a header cleared off the line mid-way through the first half. The Uruguayan nodded Robert Snodgrass’ corner towards the far corner only for Kieran Lee to block his effort and deny Michael Dawson on the follow-up.Wednesday were fortunate not to have conceded a penalty, as replays showed the ball had striked Lee’s hand. Carlos Carvalhal’s side almost rubbed in their luck moments later. Dawson lost the ball on the edge of his box and Fernando Forestieri pounced on the defender’s error. The forward, however, lacked composure, firing his effort wide.Hull, though, remained in control, forcing Westwood into a number of fine saves. And Diamé, with 40 minutes on the clock, almost gave his side the lead close to half time. After beating three of the Owls’ defenders, the 28-year-old unleashed a powerful strike, but his effort canoned off the post and out for a goal kick.With so many chances missed, Bruce’s frustration on the sideline continued to grow. Despite their dominance, the goalless scoreline left all to be played for after the break.It was more of the same as the second half got under way.The Tigers weren’t struggling for possession or chances, but were failing to make it count.An effort from close-range fired over the bar by full-back Andrew Robertson summed up the afternoon for Bruce’s side – so far – at Wembley.But this was soon forgotten. Diamé, who came close at the end of the first half, found himself with space 25 yards from goal and expertly sent the ball over the outstretched hand of Westwood to make it 1-0 to Hull in the 72nd minute.With the goal advantage, the Tigers began to dictate the play with confidence and it looked game over for the Owls, even with plenty of time remaining to draw level.With 10 minutes left to stage a comeback, Wednesday looked void of ideas as their dream of returning to the Premier League began to fade.Tiredness started to show and Hull City were able to seal an ultimately comfortable victory and hand manager Bruce a record fourth promotion to England’s top flight. 1 Mohamed Diamé celebrates after scoring the only goal to seal promotion to the Premier League for the Tigers last_img read more

Money Matters: It’s not easy being green? Actually, it is!

first_imgThis week, DD’s Finance columnist Shona Chambers from John McColgan Financial Services explains why renewable energy is a smart avenue for diversifying your investments.It’s not easy being green, Kermit the Frog once lamented. But I’m going to explain today why it is easy to be green — and why going green should be a key part of your balanced investment portfolio.You may have heard a financial professional say something along the lines of “Diversification is a key point to consider when it comes to managing risk within an overall investment portfolio and that includes pension investments.” To many people, that’s about as clear as mud. But it is still vitally important to understand.When I meet new clients, I take time to get to know them, their circumstances, and their financial goals. This includes assessing how much risk they are comfortable taking with their money. As a way of lowering risk, I often recommend diversification, which is just another way of saying you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket.Renewable energy might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think about diversifying your investments — but right now, the sector is offering excellent returns and I believe it should be considered as part of your overall portfolio. The world’s energy requirements are expected to go up by nearly 40 percent over the next two decades, but fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas will make up a much smaller share of future power generation.Demand for renewable energy sources, such as solar power, wind power, and other green energy projects, is set to surge, with both public and private sector investment driving huge additional spending in the sector. That could have fantastic benefits for investors, especially investors who are taking a long-range view.Traditional energy sector investment is also under pressure from a movement called fossil fuel divestment. Due to well-known fears about global warming and climate change, many institutional investors, such as large pension funds, now allow investors to choose ethical clean energy funds. The demand is strong — in fact, the Guardian newspaper has found that a third of UK investors would prefer to have a fossil-free investment option.Governments and regulators are adding to the pressure. Earlier this year, Ireland voted to be the world’s first country to fully divest public money (the €8 billion Irish Strategic Investment Fund) from fossil fuels.At an EU level, pension schemes will soon be required to report on environmental, social, and governance factors as part of their overall risk assessment. These trends put greater pressure on institutions to move money out of fossil fuels and into renewable energy, giving a further boost to that sector.Shona ChambersIn short, the demand for renewable energy is growing and should keep growing for decades to come, which should result in strong returns for investors. If you want to make renewable energy investment part of your investment portfolio, and benefit from potential long-term gains, contact me today! Shona Chambers QFA RPA is a Qualified Financial Advisor and Retirement Planning Advisor with John McColgan Financial Services. You can contact Shona on 074 9124366 to make an appointment. Visit www.mccolganfinancial.ieMoney Matters: It’s not easy being green? Actually, it is! was last modified: May 17th, 2017 by Shona ChambersShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Financegreen energyinvestmentJohn McColgan Financial ServicesmoneyShona Chamberslast_img read more


first_imgBUNCRANA CLG NOTES (13.03.2016)St Patricks Day will be a day of activity in The Scarvey. Come have breakfast in the club with breakfast baps on the menu. We will also have a gluten free option as well. We will also have an underage blitz at 10.30am with our Seniors on at 12pm. Enjoy our national holiday in the traditional way, with the GAA. We would love to see some new faces come down. Come have breakfast and enjoy the national games. Club Membership:Please be aware that club membership is now due. All players should be registered if they wish to play with the club. Membership can be paid online.Recycling BinBuncrana GAA has a recycle bin at The Scarvey. Anyone who wishes to place old clothes, shoes, curtains, towels etc… can do so. This helps raise funds for the club. Open for anyone to use. Club LottoThis weeks Lotto numbers were, 9, 11, 14, 20. There was no winner. Next weeks jackpot will be €1200.Anyone who may have information on GAA in the Buncrana area around 1916 is asked to contact the club. May be of interest to some of our local Historians! Bord Na nOgMinor (U18)Well done to our minors who drew with Glenswilly on Sunday in the minor league in a hard fought battle. Plenty more to come from this side. Training this Tuesday. Assemble for 6.45pm, starting at 7pm.U8 boys Gaelic footballCoaching continues in the youth club in Buncrana every Monday at 6:30pm and now every Wednesday in the Illies hall at 6:30pm for one hour.  The underage training contribution is one payment of 2 euro per week for one or multiple sessions including football and/or hurling.  New players always welcome anytime.Hurling The U14 hurlers had a fantastic weekend in the Donegal Féile na nGael. The first games kicked off at 2’oclock with Buncrana playing Dungloe/Gweedore. The boys were really on form from when the whistle was  blown with some fantastic scores and great determination from them. They were far too strong for the opposition which gave them victory of the scores. The next game was against St  Eunans and it was a totally different game the boys seem to have lost their mojo because it was a hard battle to half time with a very low score and at half time it was 0-2 to 0-1 to Buncrana. They came out in the second half and still it was much the same as before half time it just wasn’t going the way it should have been and at the final whistle the teams ended up with draw 0-3 to 0-3. This left the boys needing to win the next game which was against Burt. When the referee threw in the ball you could see the hunger in Buncrana boys eyes you think it was a completely different team because they started to take some fantastic scores and started to play some brilliant hurling they just didn’t give Burt  half a chance in the game to score. They really took the games to another level and ended up beating Burt by 3-7 to 0-0. The boys really deserved  becoming Donegal Féile Champions because of all the hard work all year. Well Done Boys GirlsThursday: U8 6pm-7pm . U10 & U12 7pm-8pm in Scoil Mhuire. Bring water and gumshields and €2.BUNCRANA GAA CLUB TO HOST ST PATRICK’S DAY BREAKFAST was last modified: March 14th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranaGAASportlast_img read more

Diogo Dalot set for medical at Manchester United

first_img1 Porto youngster Diogo Dalot Porto wonderkid Diogo Dalot is set to undergo a medical this week as his move to Manchester United edges closer.Last week it was reported the Red Devils were on the verge of a deal for the 19-year-old full-back and now it seems all set to go through as finalities are completed, according to Sky Sports.The transfer, worth £17.4million thanks to a release clause in the youngster’s contract, will see manager Jose Mourinho provide Antonio Valencia with a capable deputy as Matteo Darmian looks for a Serie A return this summer.READ MORE: Manchester United FC transfer news: Who is Diogo Dalot? Profile on the Red Devils’ possible wonderkid signingDalot is a right-back but had a run in the Porto first-team this season at left-back in the absence of Alex Telles, facing Liverpool in the Champions League and contributing to a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw. This versatility will be an added bonus for Mourinho.He is set to join Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred as one of Manchester United’s first signings of the transfer window.last_img read more

Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Vorskla Poltava may not go ahead

first_img no dice huge blow Latest Football News Around 500 Gunners are expected to attend the game, with the club ringing each fan individually to ensure they know where it is being held.Unai Emery and his players flew direct from Luton to Kiev this afternoon after scrapping plans to travel to Poltava and train this evening. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Arsenal’s players flew to Kiev this afternoon Uefa had insisted the game would go ahead as planned just 24 hours before moving the fixture from the Oleksiy Butovsky Vorskla Stadium to the Olympic Stadium, which hosted last season’s Champions League final.The change was announced by Uefa’s emergency panel just 48 hours before kick-off and Arsenal’s vice chairman insists the club have not received confirmation from the Olympic Stadium that it will host the game. The Olympic Stadium is due to host the fixture Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Vorskla Poltava say they may not be able to play against Arsenal in the Europa League on Thursday night after the venue was moved to Kiev.The match was relocated from Poltava, which is more than 200 miles to the east of Kiev, amid ‘security concerns’ following Ukraine’s decision to impose martial law in some parts of the country. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 3 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY The game was moved from the Oleksiy Butovsky Vorskla Stadium in Poltava REVEALED BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE 3 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED Political tensions between Ukraine and Russia have risen after Russian forces captured three Ukrainian ships off the coast of Crimea.Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko took the decision to impose martial law in order to protect the country from a potential ground invasion. REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more


first_imgMarie Fleming and husband Tom. Marie passed away in DecemberTHE husband of a Co Donegal woman who fought a legal right-to-die campaign has just failed to win a council seat – by just 10 votes.Tom Curran, whose partner Marie Fleming, from Lifford, passed away late last year, said his election campaign had been “emotionally difficult” after he lost on the final council seat in Wicklow.The seat went to a Sinn Fein candidate. Mr Curran, who is continuing the right-to-die campaign, said he was overwhelmed by his campaign and how people wanted to talk about his Donegal wife during it.“It stupidly never occurred to me that people would want to talk about Marie,” he said.“I thought that other local issues would come up. I didn’t even think that people would recognise me but people did and it was their opportunity to give Marie praise.”He added: “It took its toll on me. The more I got out there, the more I began to miss Marie even more. Every night I would come back from campaigning and I would be absolutely devastated. “I can get back to taking some time to myself and grieve for Marie which is something that I haven’t had the opportunity to do yet.” RIGHT TO DIE CAMPAIGNER MISSES OUT ON SEAT was last modified: May 27th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLiffordMARIE FLEMINGTom CurranWicklowlast_img read more

Kevin Durant considers a world in which the Warriors three-peat, and it sounds awesome

first_imgWelcome to another episode of, “One of the Warriors’ core four said it, so we are obligated to beat it into the earth’s crust.”In this installment, Kevin Durant answered a question from Yahoo’s Chris Haynes regarding the likelihood and/or the fallout of a potential Golden State three-peat in 2018-19.“I know for a fact that we’ll all get our jerseys retired,” Durant responded. “We’ll probably all get statues in front of the Chase Center. We’ll be buried legends forever, meaning that people …last_img

Market for Location-Based Services is Heating Up for Startups

first_imgSure, it may be obvious to point out that location-based services (LBS) are growing in popularity and may be a great gravy train for young entrepreneurs to hop on, but the recent evolution of the platform has broadened the opportunities for startups. With the opening of Google Latitude’s API earlier this week and other developments in the mobile space in recent months, the number of niches for startups to fill is quickly expanding.This week, much of the Google I/O talk centered around Google’s new open source video codec WebM and their fancy new Google TV product, but some interesting location news came from the event as well. Google’s location tracking service Latitude now features a robust API on which startups can build products that leverage its technology. While Latitude’s “always on” technology can at times be a bit of a battery drain, the opportunities for innovation on this new API are numerous.“By making [location] programatically accessible in the cloud, Google could enable an entirely new class of applications.”– Josh KopelmanJosh Kopelman, managing director at First Round Capital and author of the blog Red Eye VC, says that with Google Latitude, mobile devices are becoming more and more like personal location beacons. “How often does someone go more than 200 feet from their cell phone? In my experience, not often,” wrote Kopelman this week. “By making [location] programatically accessible in the cloud, Google could enable an entirely new class of applications.”Other services are easing the process of entering the LBS game for startups as well, including SimpleGeo and Google’s Places API. With the Places API, a service that returns the most popular establishments in a users given location, LBSs won’t have to build their own databases for points-of-interest the way Foursquare and Gowalla have done. Popular check-in service MyTown announced Wednesday that it is the first web service partner that will use the Places API. “We believe that the Places Web Service integration into MyTown will provide our users with a richer, faster, and more relevant experience. Search results will be more accurate as they’ll be pulled from Google Maps, and the load times will see a boost in speed as well,” the company said in a blog post Wednesday.SimpleGeo, a cloud-based back-end location infrastructure, is another tool startups can use either independently or in concert with other APIs to create some interesting mashups. SimpleGeo makes it easy to launch an application that takes advantage of LBS technology and cutting edge tools like augmented reality. Using SimpleGeo technology and Google Places API, a startup could easily create a nice Yelp-like augmented reality view of the most popular locations nearby.“The Google Latitude API, being the presence engine that it is, is a great source of location data to feed into SimpleGeo,” wrote SimpleGeo CEO Matt Galligan earlier this week. “If you have an application that wishes to store Google Latitude data, combine it with other data, and leverage that data to create a new experience, SimpleGeo is a great way to glue that all together.” As more tools like SimpleGeo make the incorporation of sophisticated technologies and infrastructures faster and more cost-effective for startups, the opportunities to create truly innovative location-based services will continue to grow.Photo by Flickr user kozumel. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market chris cameron Tags:#Analysis#start#tips center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Why Klout Deal Is Not The Answer To Microsoft’s Social Search Strategy

first_imgEarlier this year, I was considered an influencer of the NBA basketball playoffs. I’m 6-foot-2, deathly white, with the hops of an oyster. Yes, I know that a pick and roll isn’t referring to a lobster feed, but that’s about it.Second, there’s the elitism factor. Many have done a better job than I could explaining the problems with Klout, which assigns perks to the “one percent” of the Web. But it boils down to the fact those with the most presence online – and the highest Klout scores – aren’t necessarily the most authoritative sources of information.  Third, adding Klout because someone searched on Bing for a Wikipedia article about them, as Klout indicated it would do, probably isn’t an indication that their opinion carries weight. It might make them interesting, true, but not necessarily an expert. It’s the “Joe the Plumber” problem.What Is Influence, Anyway?Microsoft continues to sail into uncharted waters with its new social search. I’ve argued before that the best use of social search is cultivating an engaged, opinionated network of friends, and mining their published opinions. In one sense, this is exactly what the Bing-Klout partnership has set out to do. Way back in 1997, Laura Garton and Barry Wellman of the University of Toronto, along with Caroline Haythornthwaite of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, published a frequently cited paper that attempted to define how infuence is measured by social networks. The trio concluded that four metrics determine the strength of a social connection:Relations, or sharing content (which can be emotional support, computer files, or money) between two peopleTies, or the number of different types of content shared (such as a professional relationship as well as a common love of baseball)Multiplexity, which assigns increased strength to how many ties one hasSocial composition, such as the relationship between a superior and an underling, or two peers.Klout essentially measures all of these characteristics already. If a friend and I are both reporters, that makes us colleagues. If he likes baseball as well, and his child is the same age as my own, that forges an even closer tie.Integrating one’s search presence into this takes the concept of social influence in a new direction. Bill Gates is indeed a popular search term. But so is Kim Kardashian. Again, the Joe the Plumber problem rears its head.There Are Other SolutionsThere are other social-network-ranking options. PeerIndex is one of the more popular choices, and companies like PostRank and HowSociable have also tried to crack the problem.“For the gold standard in influence measurement, the best alternative to Klout is citation analysis, where you look for authority indexes based on the totality of Web citations, that is, links or textual references to a source within a defined topical context,” Mark Rogers, the founder of Sentinel Projects, one alternative to Klout, wrote in 2011. “This process punishes people who are looking for indiscriminate followers and citations. It ignores activity, rewarding being talked-about over talking.“The thing is, measuring influence in such a topic-specific way is hard and bespoke,” Rogers added. “There are lots of firms trying to do this – Traackr and mBlast have already been mentioned.  We’re another one. These bespoke options require human iteration and heavy computer processing to provide network measures (influence, but also popularity, hubness and betweenness) that are much more nuanced than what you’ll get from self-service influence tools like Klout.”The problem that Bing and Klout face is how to appropriately value the Web’s opinions, and also how to assign weight to those who don’t use the Web as their primary communication medium. In some ways, the partnership between Klout and Microsoft is an obvious first step to addressing these issues, but that’s all it is – the first step on a long road. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification As Microsoft seeks to better quantify the influence of its social search, the company has partnered with the controversial online-influence ranking service Klout as a first step. It looks to be no more than a marriage of convenience.Microsoft said Thursday that it would make an investment in the company, and that Klout scores would begin showing up in the “sidebar” of its Bing social search. On Klout, meanwhile, experts who appear in Bing’s “People Who Know” section of the sidebar will be recognized on Klout, noted Joe Fernandez, the chief executive of Klout, in a blog post. People who have a Wikipedia account associated with their Klout profile will also be rewarded for the frequency that they are searched on Bing.“What’s interesting about our work on the Klout service is that for the 1st time Bing is an outbound signal for influence,” said Derrick Connell, Corporate Vice President, Bing, in a blog post. “Search as a new outbound signal is an interesting new development in the way we think about big data and how it can add value to lots of the other services we use each day.”While that sums up Bing’s goal, Microsoft could have done a better job explaining it in plain English. Here’s what it means for both companies.What’s Klout?“Klout began with a very simple idea: Everyone has influence – the ability to drive action,” according to the company’s website.  From a charitable perspective, Klout measures a person’s ability to drive conversations online in a variety of social media: on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ as well as smaller social networks like LinkedIn and YouTube. Your “Klout” – a numerical score – is compiled from the number of times you’re mentioned, for example, or how many times a post is commented upon, liked or retweeted.That’s the key metric for Microsoft. Klout’s single numerical score assigns a level of influence to your social presence, giving some indication of their opinion’s worth online. Klout also allows others to give you “Klout,” or “+K,” the company’s currency of social influence, in a given topic. For example, I’m an influencer on branding, games and music. In May, Microsoft added the “sidebar” to its Bing search engine, assigning influence from the friends of the Bing user. The sidebar also uses Facebook to solicit requests from users on which restaurant a user should eat at during a stopover in Seattle, for example, and uses geolocation data, published opinions, and automated, personal requests from those friends to get personalized results. Now, the Klout score will be one of the main signals of which friends’ opinions Bing will try to display.My Problems With KloutAnd that’s where the problems start.Because, first, most observers agree that Klout simply isn’t a reliable indicator. For example, it’s pretty wrong about me. I’m not an influencer of music. I don’t even listen to music. Really, at all. I find it distracting while I’m working, and during down periods I read, watch TV or movies, and play with my kids. I usually tune into sports radio in the car, only occasionally listening to the local alt-hippie-rock station. I can’t even remember the last time I wrote anything with a specific music focus, besides a few tweets on “Gangnam Style.” And yet, here I am. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Microsoft#social networks#web markhachman Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more