The other day someone invested in me on Empire Avenue. If you have sold off your shares yet, I’m sorry I don’t care enough about building my influence to help a stranger succeed in an online game.
Someone else used Klout’s +K button to declare I am an influencer in social media. I’m glad I’m recognized as the crazed cartoonist I am, but influential? I worry about that.
These games have no real bearing on influence, which can only be measured by the actions that people take based on the words and actions of another. So if I tell everyone to jump off a cliff, and no one does it, it doesn’t matter how many times you give me a +K in cliff jumping. I’m not influential that way.
Don’t worry about playing some mad game for influence or trying to mindlessly push a button. These don’t build influence. Your relationships with the people behind the avatars are what will get you ahead, not meaningless virtual currency.
Now excuse me while I go play World of Warcraft to earn some serious gold to pay off some newbies.