I love Klout's definition of influence and action:
"We believe that influence is the ability to drive people to action -- "action" might be defined as a reply, a retweet, a comment, or a click."
OK, so what about actions like:
- Grab the binoculars and go look for the Pink-footed Goose that @bbcbirds just tweeted
- Go to Mass Innovation Night and network with entrepreneurs live and in person (OK, so that's sort of a gray area because I did tweet about it while I was there)
- Run down to the Andover Bookstore to buy the Mark Twain autobiography
- Try a new soup recipe (What, you don't follow @whatsthesoup?)
And who influences me? According to Klout, I'm influenced by Evan Williams and National Geographic along with a couple of people I know in real life. Know what? Despite my finding Ev amusing and National Geographic interesting enough to share, there are a whole bunch of tweeters that have way more influence on what I think about and what I do in the world.
Let us not confuse online influence with real influence.