One of the more common aggravations about social interaction and networking online is that there is just so much of it. Think about the websites you visit everyday and undoubtedly there are a handful of social websites on the list. Plainly put, our identities are scattered all over the web and with them our connections. In an effort to simplify and organize all those social places into a centralized digital form, Follr has created a business card type presentation for all your personal spaces.
The Follr Idea
Follr calls their gathering of social information, “personal profile sites”. Translated, that means that users establish an identity on Follr and add all their online addresses to create contact details for every social handle they use. Essentially creating a digital business card.
Personal profile sites are more than just a gathering of Facebook, Twitter and social network handles. They’re an identity description accompanied by a bio section with skills, professional title and stream incorporation.
Linking social profiles to Follr is the immediate draw, but the service provides some other useful tidbits as well. We’ve already touched on the bio section which can be used to list all sorts of information about yourself, your business, skills, achievements or whatever and the information can be as small as a single sentence or include detailed information.
Beyond social contact details and handles, users can add more direct contact information to their profiles such as Skype, Google Voice, Instant Messenger and a number of others. By adding them all to Follr, it ensures others can contact you without bouncing between sites in search of other contact means.
Feeds are another great way to enhance a Follr profile. Twitter and RSS feeds can be incorporated into Follr for a continual stream of information. The updates are a great way for others to see just what you’re all about beyond a bio.
The Follr appeal comes from the single web address which can be shared with everyone and contain all user social handle data in one place. It’s akin to sharing your website, but instead of reaching a page with a large amount of other information, a Follr page delivers your social hangouts.
Follr is not a website replacement. It’s not even a LinkedIn replacement in terms of showcasing professional skills. What it is though is a place where users can compile a complete list of their social handles and hangouts with an emphasis on contact options.
The service is free, it’s visually appealing with profile customization options, it offers a bio section along with blog feeds and it just plain works. Not bad for a digital business card. Give it a try and see if you don’t find yourself giving out your Follr address as opposed to a half dozen social handles.
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