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New Networking Moves

April 11, 2012

Bump, drag, snap, touch to exchange info

We redesigned our business cards last year to better reflect our brand personality – creative, fun and savvy. Until recently, I thought I would run through my box of new cards fairly quickly. But, with the increasing popularity of business networking apps, I think it may take a bit longer.

After hearing about Bump, I decided to do a little research of my own to determine which apps would make my top-five list. Keep in mind I’m one of only two Android users on my team so, I’m surrounded by iPhones. But, being the team player that I am, I decided to do due diligence to make sure the apps on my list were compatible for both. And, they had to be free.

  1. Bump. Akin to a magical handshake, you can use Bump to share contact information, connect on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn by simply bumping two phones together. Just open Bump, hold your phones, and gently bump your hands together – Bump will do the rest (something to do with algorithms).  You also can share photos and find mutual friends. And, an iPhone can bump an Android! With more than 75 million downloads, you’re highly likely to “bump” into someone else with this app.
  2. Hoccer. With gesticulations playing a key role in this app, you can share your data (contacts, photos and music) using “throw n’ catch” movements to pass your information to nearby recipients. You also can drag data if you’re not in the mood to play catch. This app does require an active Internet connection.
  3. JumpScan. With this app you basically create your own QR code, placing all of your contact info and social networking data into a single digital imprint. Others can scan or take a picture of the image and automatically link to your personal JumpScan page to view your contact information and social media feeds.
  4. Hashable. You can create and share virtual business cards with this app. Once you download it, you can use the hashtag to communicate messages via Twitter and introduce associates to one another (#intro hashtag). Once you’ve exchanged information, Hashable reminds you of events and meetings.
  5. LinkedIn. This one’s a given, but LinkedIn’s app allows you to discover and manage contacts. You’re probably one of the 60 million professionals on the site, so I don’t feel a strong need to elaborate on this one.

So, next time you’re at a networking event, whip out your phone – you might be able to bump, drag, snap or touch to exchange info, rather than pulling out your business card.

Do you use any of these apps? If so, what do you think about them? If not, what are some of your favorite networking apps?

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