I am sure many of you have heard of Klout, the internets answer to the popular cliques of middle school but have you heard of Smarterer? Smarterer is the newest way to measure your popularity and influence over the internet.
Klout uses your interactions on websites such as twitter, facebook, wordpress etc to measure just how influential you are but it doesn’t measure how much you actually know. Smarterer does just that.
You pick which internet websites, social networking and other computer programs you want to be tested on. Smarterer then tests you by asking questions. Yes the questions will repeat so pay attention! They want to know how much you know and how quickly you respond. Your points will go up and down depending on how you answer.
You will earn a score that places you in a category: beginner, familiar, proficient, expert and master. Once you reach your level you can share your score.
Smarterer also lets you add or suggest changes to questions to make them more accurate. Questions get validated by trial and error based on user feedback. If a question is bad, you let them know.
It really is a neat way to check what you know about technology. I used it to measure my BzzAgent knowledge.* Although it was fun to answer the questions and get a score I am not sure that I would use this in the future. I am just not all that into measuring how influential or how much I know and then tweeting about it. It just doesn’t appeal to me. I do like this concept though. It shows what you actually know or are able to quickly pick up on through the questions rather than just measuring how many people read your stuff.
I think Smarterer could be used in conjunction with LinkedIn. I could see LinkedIn and Smarterer teaming up to test people’s knowledge on Excel, PowerPoint etc and posting scores to their LinkedIn profile. Then when employers look at a LinkedIn profile they could see if someone is proficient at a program. Smarterer is kind of new to really use this way yet. Someone would need to prove that there actually is a correlation between the Smarterer test and actual experience, knowledge and level of proficiency with a program.
*Full Disclosure: BzzAgent asked us to try out Smarterer with a quiz on BzzAgent. Otherwise I would have never tried this website.