aNewDomain.net—The old saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” still rings true. While business-orientated social media websites like LinkedIn provide networking to increase the number of people you know, CanWeNetwork takes that one step further. The app compares information from LinkedIn profiles such as a user’s skill-set, experience and interests along with profiles viewed and connections made. Then it adds your current location to make a match.
While social media is great, business men and women know that face-to-face interactions can make or break a business deal. CanWeNetwork adds that functionality to social networking as it recommends people nearby who you should meet for networking and business opportunities.
The app has a clean and crisp interface. Matches are shown with percentages.
When CanWeNetwork gives you a match, it also gives you an idea of how that match was made. There are scores for Social, Skills, Proximity, Biomatch and Composite.
CanWeNetwork continually runs in the background to gather potential connections. You can set it to alert you to new connections or can view them at your convenience. CanWeNetwork uses the significant-change location service which uses cellular radios. This allows the app to run in the background with a very low-power location service so it won’t drain the batteries as quickly as some location services do.
There is a convenient messaging feature to reach your connections. You can also keep track of events that you are attending so you can connect with others before or during the event. Privacy controls allow you to share as little or as much as you choose.
The potential for this app to become a good business tool depends on the users that it can attract. CanWeStudios, the creators of CanWeNetwork say that it has tens of thousands of users joining each month and the app is now available in 10 languages in more than 100 countries. If that growth continues, this will be a breakthrough business tool.
Based in Pinehurst, North Carolina, Sandy Berger is a veteran tech journalist and senior editor at aNewDomain.net covering tech tips and tricks, apps, gadgets, and consumer electronics. Email her at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @sandyberger, +SandyBerger on Google+, and www.facebook.com/sandyberger on Facebook.Tags: Mobile Apps,Technology