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A little Klout produces a bunch of Tea (samples)


Klout is a Twitter sub-system designed to gather statistics about “reach” or basically how big of a network does your individual tweets, Facebook comments, and Google+ streams add up to, if combined.

Interestingly enough, a couple of days ago I received a puffy envelope in the mail

10-packs of Lipton Instant Tea & Honey, and a Notecard from Klout

with the following contents: 10-packs of Lipton Instant Tea & Honey (Mango Pineapple flavored) with coupons and a little notecard that reads:

Dear Influencer –

A little bird told me you’ve got a ton of Klout! Your audience trusts you to create great content, and you tell it like it is. Your influence has earned you this Klout Perk! Enjoy and let us know if you have any feedback.


Joe Fernandez, Founder & CEO and the Klout team

At 5 calories per 8 ozs. mixed beverage, it’s light, but a lot sweeter than I care for

Yamaha A-series Acoustic Guitar from Facebook Contest 2011

– so I use them at 1/3 concentration (1 packet per 24 ozs. water). But the ingredients are natural-ish, and every so often being on the Internet leads to quite surprising rewards (e.g. I won an A-series Yamaha acoustic guitar on a Facebook contest last year, which was a first for me.)


Bad Tea (bags) vs. Good Tea (bags)

Dear Tea Companies –

ImageWhen the first pyramid/silk tea bags appeared out of my little boxes of tea, I thought, “What a pretty little bag!”  Then, after drinking my steeped beverage, I, as usual tore off the string and tag, and placed it into my composter, which had been fine for many years.  A few weeks later, when turning it over, I noticed the bag was still sitting there.

And you know what? 1,000 years later, that little bag will still be there, all pristine and pretty, because it’s plastic. Very tough plastic. Plastic that apparently is cheaper than the filter paper (mostly made of wood pulp, or other normally compostable materials.) Plastic that will withstand being used as an e-cigarette high temp vapor filter.

ImageI don’t want yet another larger carbon footprint from what used to be one of humanities least bio-expensive processed foods – please use simple paper instead.


Or perhaps even better, keep it loose and provide a reusable sack filter instead (only need 1 or 2 per box).

Or if you’re the tea-drinker, just use one of these infusers with loose tea. ImageThey even make tea bag-shaped versions, if you’re psychologically attached to that shape.Image I don’t need for my simple tea leaf to have turned bad because of a cosmetic packaging idea.

Thanks, from a tea-drinker (and coffee, too).