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SocialMinder – your thoughts?



Three people asked me to try SocialMinder, so I did. SocialMinder “is an online assistant that helps you maintain relationships with your LinkedIn network” (from their website).

Here’s what I saw – I was asked to add in my LinkedIn contacts, and then I was emailed a report telling me which relationships “should be strengthened” – meaning people I haven’t connected with on LinkedIn for the longest.

What’s wrong with that? The six people SocialMinder told me I’d needed to connect with … I have. Five of them I saw last month at a conference, 3-4 of them I see daily on Twitter. One of them I’ve connected with through Facebook.

So for me, SocialMinder is a cool idea, but didn’t work. And I wanted to share that with them, so I clicked on their feedback link… which took me to some Digg-like “vote for the best improvement” thingie.

Moving on… :-)

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  • http://www.goblin-cartoons.com joshua m. neff

    I’ve received at least 5 email invites for SocialMinder from friends who signed up for it, including one who swore she clicked not to send out email invites. I’ve been told it directs you to invite your contacts if you want to actually use the site, which is spamtastic. It means it’s a site I will never, ever use.

  • http://www.goblin-cartoons.com/ joshua m. neff

    I’ve received at least 5 email invites for SocialMinder from friends who signed up for it, including one who swore she clicked not to send out email invites. I’ve been told it directs you to invite your contacts if you want to actually use the site, which is spamtastic. It means it’s a site I will never, ever use.

  • http://gathernodust.blogspot.com Jeff

    I agree with Josh. Social Minder is on the bad list. For one thing you have to spam your friends to use it and then it reminds you to bug these people if you haven’t emailed them (without reason just because you should stay in contact).

  • http://gathernodust.blogspot.com/ Jeff

    I agree with Josh. Social Minder is on the bad list. For one thing you have to spam your friends to use it and then it reminds you to bug these people if you haven’t emailed them (without reason just because you should stay in contact).

  • http://lunarlogicpolska.com/ Paul

    full disclosure: I own the company that was hired to code SocialMinder.

    That said, this is one of the sites my company has been hired to create that I regularly use and value. It’s ideal for keeping up with the hundreds of prospective clients I meet at trade shows and such. It’s more of a sales support tool than for keeping up with friends and family, but if you can use if for that, too, more power to you. I even made a sale because it reminded me contact someone I’d forgotten about who then asked if I had resources free to do a project for him.

    There is a simple update button on the contact list for resetting a contact that you’ve just connected with by some means other than email, like a phone call or meeting at a conference.

    Paul

  • http://lunarlogicpolska.com Paul

    full disclosure: I own the company that was hired to code SocialMinder.

    That said, this is one of the sites my company has been hired to create that I regularly use and value. It’s ideal for keeping up with the hundreds of prospective clients I meet at trade shows and such. It’s more of a sales support tool than for keeping up with friends and family, but if you can use if for that, too, more power to you. I even made a sale because it reminded me contact someone I’d forgotten about who then asked if I had resources free to do a project for him.

    There is a simple update button on the contact list for resetting a contact that you’ve just connected with by some means other than email, like a phone call or meeting at a conference.

    Paul

  • Guest

    SocialMinder responded exactly appropriately to the reaction in this blog and others, I think:

    http://www.socialminder.com/we-made-a-mistake-and-we-have-changed-our-approach/

    The blog title says it all, but the details are interesting.

    full disclosure: I own the offshore development company that coded most of the SocialMinder application.

  • http://www.lunarlogicpolska.com Paul Klipp

    SocialMinder responded exactly appropriately to the reaction in this blog and others, I think:

    http://www.socialminder.com/we-made-a-mistake-and-we-have-changed-our-approach/

    The blog title says it all, but the details are interesting.

    full disclosure: I own the offshore development company that coded most of the SocialMinder application.

  • Ken

    too little too late. Socialminder sucks… as if we all don’t get enough spam already.

    now I’m going to let peer into my email inbox?

  • Ken

    too little too late. Socialminder sucks… as if we all don’t get enough spam already.

    now I’m going to let peer into my email inbox?

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