Feb 26 AT 11:36 AM Clark Wimberly 6 Comments

Hashable arrives on Android, tracks your real world interactions

Over the past few months I’ve been curiously tinkering with Hashable, a interesting new tool for managing who you’re meeting with and introducing. The service allows you to log real world interactions in a number of ways. Android users could log a connection with a specifically crafted tweet, by sending an email, or by entering the meeting manually on the Hashable website. Starting today, you can log interactions with a beautifully styled native Android app.

The idea behind Hashable, while a bit tough to explain, is a totally solid one. Instead of fumbling with a stack of business cards, you can quickly log the people you meet, live, in the moment. Hashable then stores all your interactions and starts to build a web of real world social influence. Lately I’ve found myself collecting Twitter handles when I meet people anyhow (nerd alert, I know), so I figured I might as well try logging them with a service that actually did something.

The Hashable website has a pretty solid step-by-step that explains everything, but I’ll try to summarize for the skimmers. The service breaks down into a couple a categories: connections (“checking in” with someone in person) and introductions (digitally introducing two people). When posting a connection, you can assign a hash to classify the interaction. There are a number of pre-defined hashes (#lunch, #meeting, #drinks, etc) that Hashable automatically recognizes or you can create your own (#frisbeegolfing, #breakingthelaw, etc). One of the most important hash tags is #justmet, which will send your new friend a digital business card. When using the service to introduce others, Hashable creates a nifty page that displays the participants and some very basic info- a digital icebreaker of sorts.

On top of the app being an insanely easy way to track connections in the moment, Hashable offers a handful of tools for making sense of the social data you log. Each person you connect with gets a personal history, showing each interaction and keeping track of your relationship strength. They recently launched the inner circle, which is a way to share your connections with those you trust. If you’d like to be public, though, they’ve got that covered too, with leaderboards and a reputation system called Hashcred.

To make Hashable a more seamless process, they’ve included a bunch of 3rd party account support. Clearly, a large part of the service is built around Twitter, but you can also import contacts from your Google Account, LinkedIn, etc. Hashable can even watch your Foursquare account to automatically create location-specific interaction logs.

For all the things that Hashable does right, it still feels like they have a ways to travel. I think the core issue, though, is just that Hashable is a pretty wild idea. It takes a moment to wrap your head around what the service even does and takes even longer to derive real use from it. Personally, it seems like a totally worth experiment and I’m looking forward to using it during SXSW. I imagine I’ll meet quite a few people who I’ll want to talk to on Monday morning and now I won’t even have to remember their contact information.

 

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PS: For those of you that have downloaded the app and are feeling lost, Hashable has created a handy cheat sheet for getting the most out of the service.

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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  • Chris

    I like the idea…but only when it comes to meeting peers or new friends…if you’re at a conference say….job searching…I don’t like the idea that every person I “hashed” would get a (potentially annoying) tweet or email about how we just met….

    For those times, I’d rather exchange the handy business card and get a connection that way. Seems more professional…

    This feels like something you do with co-workers or something similar…

    • http://www.johnexleyonline.com John Exley

      What’s up Chris, I’m a pretty ridiculously passionate user of Hashable.

      Hmmm. You raise very valid, legit concerns man. If you’re job searching at a conference and you use the app though, and choose to ‘check-in’ with the person privately either using twitter or email, I don’t think the person gets the ‘potentially annoying’ ping back you mention.

      The thing about the ‘business card collection game’ is that it’s just delaying the inevitable hustle it’ll take ya to reach out to those people anyway, you know?

      And, here’s the pain point: let’s say you’re at a conference and you meet 12 new people you’re interested in working for. Without Hashable, you might make a savvy decision to write down some notes about each person on their business card the moment after you meet her/him. Then, later that night or maybe the following week or two, you go back to your collection of business cards, remember who each person is, and send them the stereotypical follow-up email.

      How about *wish Hashable*: the moment after you meet the person And get her/his business card, you log the #justmet interaction right away on your Hashable app, write down the note you were going to write on the business card, make it a public or private interaction, and choose to shoot ‘em an email or not etc. And, imagine if you could go one step further – what if you could add tags to describe the person (i.e. “IMB”, “manager”, “glasses”, “loves Red Sox”, “BC grad”, “finance”, etc.?) as well? Now, if you have very unique data around the interaction: the date, time, location, ‘searchable-description-tags’ of the person, their email, etc.

      And your ‘job’ of following up is done on the spot.

      I think this is a much more fluid process.

      AND – Hashable makes it all trackable, searchable…I can go back and very very very quickly sift through my past interactions; as opposed to flipping through a 1,000 business card rolodex etc.

      Just my 2cents bro!

      - john X

  • http://Website xallies

    is this site dieing? there is no word on the new things? “words with friends” ect

    • http://Website Hans

      Has there been anything new worth posting about? Didn’t think so.

      • http://Website Fishstick

        Optimus 2X review? Thunderbolt being delayed? At least two there off the top of my head.

  • http://Website Dualcore

    is Dual core android phones
    has a good app like that?