Network Weaving and Discovery with Hashable

I keep having backchannel conversations about this app so I figured it’s time to share some insight into why I really dig Hashable.  What is it? Why do you care? Where is it going?

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What is Hashable?

Hashable bills itself as a service to track relationships. In its most basic form you post updates about interactions and it builds a relationship graph from those updates.

Most of the updates are posted through Twitter or the mobile app. It’s light weight, laser focused, and amazing useful.

Here’s an example of how it works:

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My friend Liza posts that she’s having a meeting to Hashable so it adds the connection. In the future if she has lunch or bumps into Karen she can post those interactions and Hashable will show a stronger relationship.

This is all there is to using Hashable.

Why should you care?

Imagine there was a service where people you trusted and respected shared their connections. What if you shared your connections and could begin to see how your networks overlapped and interacted? Now stop imagining, its called Hashable.

It’s so simple, great folks sharing great folks. I’ve introduced people to it and found a few underwhelmed reactions while I stand there pointing at the greatest Follow Friday network you’ve ever seen.

Facebook and Twitter are both clamoring to suggest people we should follow or friend. The difference is they are asking me to use an algorithim I don’t trust while Hashable provides me a way to find recommendations from people I do trust.

Where is it going?

I’m a bit bullish on services I really like but I see more potential in Hashable than anything I’ve found in over a year. Here’s where I hope their headed

  • Contact Sharing – Post a #justmet and exchange contact info on the go
  • Network Serendipity – I meet someone and then discover they had lunch with my good friend Brian a few months ago. Instant rapport.
  • Nearby intros – I checkin to a conference and hashable tells me that Susan, a person I do not know but I’m almost connected to has checked in to the same venue.
  • Network Visualization – Give Hashable 6 months and they’ll have a better view of my people network than any other service.

Getting Started

I hope you’ll give Hashable a try and if so feel free to say #thanks

I’ll end with a few practical tips to get you up an running.

  • Twitter options – Tell hashable to record who you are with from your Foursquare tweets and choose the Broadcast any tweet option so you don’t need to /cc @hashable. (Settings->Twitter)
  • Inner Circle – A recent feature from hashable that works like a trusted circle of friends. People in my inner circle can see more contact information and they’re stream is broken into a separate tab. (I use it for better listening)
  • Twitter not requried – Folks don’t have to be on Twitter for you to post a connection. Email works fine.
  • Double duty – A tip I learned from @bryanjones use the #meet #lunch tags in  your Gowalla checkin and post to twitter.

Want more info on Hashable and its future? Check out @scobleizer’s interview with Hashable CEO Michael Yavonditte

10 responses to “Network Weaving and Discovery with Hashable”

  1. Emily Hickey says:

    This is one of the best write-ups on what we’re doing that I’ve seen yet – thanks for ‘getting’ it – this is awesome! (ps Liza Sperling is the bomb!)

    • Keith says:

      Thank you Emily, I really appreciate the interaction from the Hashable team. In my opinion the value of this service leaps off the page. I call social networking light because its so easy. Great product and yes @lizasperling is most definitely the bomb.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      • Emily Hickey says:

        Keith – LOVE that – social networking light – might quote ya on that somewhere sometime 🙂 Thanks again – psyched to meet in person soon I hope!

  2. LizaSperling says:

    If I am the bomb, @emilyhickey is the match. Great post, @Tsudo.

    • Keith says:

      Thank you Liza. I appreciate you letting me use your checkin an an example. You and your network are one of the reasons I’ve found hashable so valuable. Hopefully one day we’ll be able to have #lunch or #coffee.

      Thanks for stopping by and the kind words.

  3. “Imagine there was a service where people you trusted and respected shared their connections. What if you shared your connections and could begin to see how your networks overlapped and interacted?”

    That service has been around for a while. It’s called LinkedIn.

    I haven’t gotten into Hashable much yet because I haven’t seen its value. I’m still open to it, though!

    • Keith says:

      I disagree. Linkedin is limited view of a professional network. Poorly populated and the connections are stodgy and controlled. Hashable is building a picture of both business/casual interactions, it’s lighter, and adds the element of relationship strength. It’s an apples to oranges comparison.

      • I’m not going to disagree with your opinion, but I do think you have one thing wrong. LinkedIn isn’t “poorly populated.” It has over 90 million members around the world.

        • Keith says:

          Half of the accounts I encounter are out of date and in my community I see little to no activity. Even so its solely focused on professional networks and it doesn’t provide a manner to see interactions between people. A person my be connected to a 100 people there but I’m much more interested in seeing who you are interacting with now.

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