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Social media bragging rights calculator Klout has just launched a free app for iPhone users to quickly check their score and incoming notifications, with the company promising an Android version in the near future. The app is a result of Klout’s acquisition of mobile startup Blockboard and, according to a recent blog post, is the result of just 7 weeks of work.

Klout is a service that plugs into social networks like Twitter and Facebook in an attempt to determine a user’s social media influence. As well as a score determined by a variety of factors including likes, retweets and followers, users can also award influence points, known as K+, to increase a user’s influence in particular topics.

One particularly interesting feature to make its way into the app is the ability to view your Klout score without having to open it. Klout uses the iOS notification badge to display your score and sends push notifications when you receive K+ or your score changes. At present there’s little else to do apart from check your score and view recent notifications, but according to Blockboard co-founder Stephen Hood the team are busy working on more features.

This was a fast-paced project, going from zero to code-complete in under seven weeks. We’re very happy to be sharing these first efforts with our users. There’s much more to come, including an Android version and the ability to give out +K. – Klout

Download: Klout for iPhone @ App Store

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Do you use Klout? Have you tried the iPhone app? Did you like what you saw? Sound off in the comments, below.

Source: Klout Blog

  1. Nika Shvelidze
    April 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Why are all the apps made for iDerp first?

    • Tim Brookes
      May 3, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      Probably because it's the iOS platform, which works well across a multitude of devices. The popularity of iDevices (iPad, iPod Touch as well as the iPhone) probably has a lot to do with it, in most markets Apple's overall penetration is greater than Google's attempts with Android.

      I can't help but think making an Android app is considerably more hassle thanks to the never-ending combinations of hardware and operating system versions available too.

      Lastly the App Store takes longer than Google Play to approve an app, so maybe developers think "we'll do the iPhone version, submit it to Apple and then in the 6 weeks+ it takes to approve we'll have started on the Android version."

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