But I found the site, and it's potential to characterize physician's on-line influence, interesting.
It works by giving people on Twitter and Facebook a "score", influenced by the lists that people are on, the number of original "tweets," number of times things are re-tweeted by others, and so on and then uses the metrics to classify the type and influence of the individual using social media. I suppose an analogy might be that its like looking at a bunch of personality tests to understand the type of person you're following.
So I looked into the scores and characteristics of a few physician bloggers. The results were interesting.
By the way, I have no commercial relationship with this website, but I found the concept intriguing for doctors as we enter the new internet age of social media. Certainly this is not the only site that purports to measure the influence of someone on social media (see Peerindex, for instance), but it was interesting to see it's accuracy in determining these few individual's influence on the internet based on their content tweeted.
Yours truly gave a meager "Klout score" of 48 at the time of this writing and was classified as a "Specialist."
Kevin Pho, MD is a "Thought Leader" with a score of 69.
Grunt Doc, an ER doctor and long-time blogger is a "Thought Leader", too, but has a score of 38.
Doctor Anonymous is an "Explorer" with a Klout score of 50.
Ramona Bates, MD - a plastic surgeon - is a "Specialist" too with a score of 54.
Happy Hospitalist has a Klout Score of 24, but is considered a Thought Leader, too.
(You can check your "score" and inflence type with a twitter account and then enter it here.)
While Mr. Owyang does a nice job explaining the limitations of these metric websites (especially as it relates to lack of a "Sentiment Index"), but I must say that from my cursory look at the few fellow physicians I queried, it classified some of these more prolific bloggers and twitter users that I know pretty well.
Looking forward, it would not be unrealistic to think that some day a new variant of the Klout website might just serve as another form of doctor rating website. If so, the benefit of developing an valued online social media "physician brand" now might pay professional dividends later.