Hashable is a Powerful Networking Tool for Business People on the Go
Jul 29, 2011 11:37 AM –
Hashable. Save & Remember Everyone You Meet. Hashable is the best way to save and remember your connections with anyone. With the Hashable mobile app, you can easily manage all of your important relationships on your mobile or desktop.
Tested on: MyTouch 3G Slide
Pros & Cons:
- You can store connections, meetings, notes, reminders, etc. with a contact for fast reference later.
- You can send virtual business cards to contacts.
- Your friends don’t have to also be using the app to take advantage of the service.
- While it syncs with your address book for pulling connections, there’s no way to sync your notes into another program (although it does sync into the cloud and is accessible online.)
- It’s another system to learn and use.
Hashable is an interesting mix of features. It feels like a mix of Twitter’s fast-notation with LinkedIn’s networking and your address book’s notes. To work, once you install it and it syncs with your address book, you can then choose to “tag” people with events and information using their Twitter handle or email address. For example, you could set up a hash that you are having coffee at the local Starbucks with your business partner, write a message to them, and if they use the app, they’ll get a notification in Hashable, and if not, they’ll get it via email. You can also choose to post the hash privately, meaning only you and that person will see it, or you can allow the people you’ve deemed your “Inner Circle” to see the post as well. You can even attach a business card with your information to the hash, so the person you’re tagging will have all of your information handy, along with the note. You can also choose to simply save the hash for yourself, and not send it via email, if you want to use the app to keep track of meetings and events, but you don’t feel the need to push the information to someone else as well. One thing I really liked is that you have the option to check in via Foursquare when you create a hash, so if you use that app as well, it means one less thing to click through.
Once you create the tag, you can leave it as-is, or add a private note to the event for your eyes only, or even add a follow-up reminder, such as “I need to call John Smith again in two weeks.” You can add reminders to individual contacts as well, if you want to keep track of follow-ups without creating check-ins, or if you have meetings coming up that you will want to check in, but don’t want to forget in the meantime. On the reminders page, I really like that you have the option to sync it with your calendar and/or receive a reminder via email as well. There are a lot of options here to make the app work with your own personal style of time organization.
Another nice feature is that contacts you’ve hashed will show up at the top of the contact list, with the rest falling in alphabetical order beneath them. This makes it much, much easier to quickly find people you meet with or want to tag often, especially if you have a large address book. In the contact list, you’ll also see the last tag you had with that person, as well as the time you had it – so it will show Coffee – 10 minutes ago, or Lunch – 7 days ago. This is a nice way to keep track of whom you’ve seen when, and what you were doing, especially if you keep notes on things you want to remember from each meeting.
Hashable Connection Reminder
Hashable Activity Log
I have to admit, when I started testing this app, I went into it with the idea that it was just going to be features from a few different services kind of mashed together. I was pleasantly surprised to find how robust and useful it really can be. If you go to a lot of meetings with a lot of different people or networking a lot, this is a fantastic way to keep track of them all, and have a database to refer to with all the information right at your fingertips.
Ease of Use:
There is a lot here, so it will take a bit of poking around to find it all. The developers have actually made it pretty intuitive, so adding a new hash is step-by-step, and the fact that it syncs with your address book means you don’t have to go through the trouble of adding people a second time if you already have their information.
If you’re a frequent networker, or you attend a lot of meetings, you will use this app constantly. It is a great way to keep track of where you were, who you met with and what you discussed, along with actual reminders for followup so nothing gets forgotten.
The interface itself is very easy to use. It’s clean, and walks you through each section, making it fairly easy to learn. The only complaint I would have is that there is so much packed into the app, there are several menus in each section, which is good because it means you don’t get deluged with options every time, but it also means that, in the beginning, you sometimes have to hunt around for what you’re looking for.