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Remembering names is tough sometimes, right? I personally can only keep track of everyone I meet/hang out with by immediately calculating an algorithm to determine their coolness—something like the number of times I think we could listen to the new Radiohead album in silence before one of us fell asleep multiplied by how many Charles Barkley quotes they can pop off the top of their heads, divided by Pi. But no more! Now you can use an iPhone app, Hashable, to track who you’re personally networking with on a daily basis. Memory is for chumps.


Founded last summer, the site officially came out of beta yesterday, meaning you no longer need an invitation to join. It works like this: Sign up for free and then use Twitter, Facebook, your email service, iPhone, or Android app to make introductions, record, and track your connections and interactions. Hashtags are the golden keys to the Hashable kingdom. New relationships are forged by #justmet or #intro. #Lunch or #coffee can be graciously followed up with #thanks which Yavonditte maintains is a better, faster way to express gratitude to those you’ve connected with.
The “icebreaker” function allows you to play matchmaker between two people (you can #thank them later). Perhaps one of the most useful tools during SxSW will be the way Hashable’s mobile apps can eliminate the need to exchange (and keep track of) pesky business cards. For instance, Yavonditte explains, you meet someone on the conference floor. Replace the fumbling about for cards with entering the person’s email address and Twitter handle. Hashable’s apps will then dispatch a virtual business card to them with your contact info via email or Twitter, allowing you to add an optional message or share the connection internally within the app. The app also adds the person to your address book.
But keeping the virtual Rolodex jammed isn’t the only reward. Yavonditte’s betting that Hashable’s baked-in point-and-rank system distinguishes the platform from other social media check-in sites. Hashable’s got a leaderboard which rates users by their Hashcred, the community’s virtual currency. Hashcred can be earned through connections or general usage. Hashable also incorporates a rating system for relationships depending on their strength. That data, says Yavonditte, allows Hashable to take the LinkedIn concept one step beyond just making connections.



Where can we take this? Is there a #bored tag for when your friend needs to make more jokes? What about #drunk, for when you get so totally wasted at that business lunch? Let’s innovate!

Remembering names is tough sometimes, right? I personally can only keep track of everyone I meet/hang out with by immediately calculating an algorithm to determine their coolness—something like the number of times I think we could listen to the new Radiohead album in silence before one of us fell asleep multiplied by how many Charles Barkley quotes they can pop off the top of their heads, divided by Pi. But no more! Now you can use an iPhone app, Hashable, to track who you’re personally networking with on a daily basis. Memory is for chumps.

Founded last summer, the site officially came out of beta yesterday, meaning you no longer need an invitation to join. It works like this: Sign up for free and then use Twitter, Facebook, your email service, iPhone, or Android app to make introductions, record, and track your connections and interactions. Hashtags are the golden keys to the Hashable kingdom. New relationships are forged by #justmet or #intro. #Lunch or #coffee can be graciously followed up with #thanks which Yavonditte maintains is a better, faster way to express gratitude to those you’ve connected with.

The “icebreaker” function allows you to play matchmaker between two people (you can #thank them later). Perhaps one of the most useful tools during SxSW will be the way Hashable’s mobile apps can eliminate the need to exchange (and keep track of) pesky business cards. For instance, Yavonditte explains, you meet someone on the conference floor. Replace the fumbling about for cards with entering the person’s email address and Twitter handle. Hashable’s apps will then dispatch a virtual business card to them with your contact info via email or Twitter, allowing you to add an optional message or share the connection internally within the app. The app also adds the person to your address book.

But keeping the virtual Rolodex jammed isn’t the only reward. Yavonditte’s betting that Hashable’s baked-in point-and-rank system distinguishes the platform from other social media check-in sites. Hashable’s got a leaderboard which rates users by their Hashcred, the community’s virtual currency. Hashcred can be earned through connections or general usage. Hashable also incorporates a rating system for relationships depending on their strength. That data, says Yavonditte, allows Hashable to take the LinkedIn concept one step beyond just making connections.

Where can we take this? Is there a #bored tag for when your friend needs to make more jokes? What about #drunk, for when you get so totally wasted at that business lunch? Let’s innovate!

  1. randommerde reblogged this from fastcompany and added:
    This is so cool, I always forget peoples’ names!
  2. lynnwyatt reblogged this from fastcompany and added:
    Love this.
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