Archive for December, 2011

These days, discussions of Klout can create the same polarizing fervor as conversations about Tim Tebow. There will be no debate on either topic.

However, earlier today Mashable wrote a story about a new company still in beta called Bottlenose:

“Bottlenose fights social media overload with flexible, granular feed customization options.”

Great. I need that. Sometimes I feel like I’m drinking from a fire hose when I’m on Facebook (even though I make ample use of lists!). In order to create an account while Bottlenose is in beta, you needed to get one of the 1,000 invites Mashable readers were offered, or you could create an account if your Klout score was above 40.

Is using your Klout score the beginning of a trend? Are there any other companies using a Klout-type of qualifier in their roll-out? What do you think?

Over the past three days, the Direct Selling Association (DSA) held the annual Be Connected conference at the beautiful Loews Lake Las Vegas. Over 300 direct sellers from hundreds of different organizations gathered together to share ideas, reconnect and pontificate the social future of the industry. While there were many messages to stimulate my thinking for the next several weeks (so much for a relaxing Christmas vacation), I was especially intrigued when Good Morning America’s Tory Johnson took the stage for her keynote on Friday.

After sharing some of her story, and affirming her respect of direct sellers (all of whom are social micropreneurs) she shared the story of a 14 year old in the audience named Tori Molnar. Tori is unique from most 14 year olds. She started a direct selling company of her own called Utoria, which reaches out to 14-20 year old young ladies and gives them the opportunity build their own independent business.

Our country (and world for that matter) needs more Toris; young individuals who are courageous and bold visionaries, who aren’t afraid of risk and failure, and who are passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of others. Tori is providing a platform for other young ladies to share in her vision, and get on the path to financial freedom earlier in life than most.

Tori is a social micropreneur.

Utoria is a company that gives young women from ages 14 to 20 the opportunity to run their own business.