28 May 2012

Manage Your Online and Offline Twitter Connections With #Hashable

By Mary Long at Media Bistro
Do you have trouble remembering all of the people you meet or do you struggle to connect who someone is offline with who they are online? Or maybe you help folks make professional connections – or just want to keep track of the introductions you’ve made for future reference? There’s an app for that.
#Hashable allows you to “easily save and remember everyone you meet, send biz cards, keep track of meetings and interactions, anchor connections with reminders and notes” and, if you’re competitive, try to accumulate the most Hashcred on the leaderboard.
When you first log on to #Hashable, you’ll be confused. Or at least I was. Figuring out how it works can be a bit of a treasure hunt, so here’s a rundown on how it works with Twitter:
  • You create an account, linking it to your Twitter.
  • You find friends that use Hashable and are on Twitter (if you like. It’s not necessary, but makes you feel less lonely on the page.)
  • When you are #meeting a connection in person for #lunch or you #intro(duce) people, tweet it using the appropriate hashtag (#meeting, #lunch, #intro, and so on) and @mention the @person(s) and @Hashable.
  • Hashable then creates an event for you in your “history” tab and awards you points for the interaction (where the leaderboard comes in). Oh and the person you’re tagging doesn’t have to be a Hashable user for this to work.
But why do this?
The History tab can be filtered and searched and you can set reminders for follow-up contact. It’s a pretty valuable contact relationship management (CRM) system – and you can use it on your iPhone, through the Hashable website or even via email.
It has a few nifty little features and privacy controls (or as I like to call them, anti-stalker features) that allow you to link it to Foursquare and designate certain users as “inner circle” so you’re not broadcasting your whereabouts to just anyone.
I started using Hashable last year and promptly forgot about it (so many apps, so little time), but that was mostly because I didn’t fully explore the CRM side of it (I’m was all about leaderboards at the time) and when I started to look for an app to manage my contacts, I can back across Hashable again and I’m ready to give it whirl. You?
Some folks don’t like Hashable, of course – just as some don’t like Klout, calling it yet another way to make yourself feel important when you’re really not (again, like Klout). But this commenter sums up its usefulness pretty nicely (in case I haven’t sold you on it already):

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