Bump or Mingle360? which one will connect us at a Networking event?
July 29, 2010 7 Comments
Given the large number of networking and social events around Washington, D.C. on a daily basis, you may want to try out a new cool and free iPhone app called Bump. I think the app is going to compete head to head with one of our beloved Virginia based company, mingle360.
The app is supposed to make it easy to exchange information with others during an event or a party by bumping your iphones. The company just released their Bump 2.0 which is also for iPhone.
mingle360 does the same thing, but not via iPhone. They achieve the same purpose via their own proprietary tiny device called MingleStick You can then plug the MingleStick into the USB port of your Internet connected computer to automatically uploaded the contact information.
With Bump, in addition to exchanging user information, the app features the ability to compare calendars, instantly connect on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, and the ability to send messages back and forth without another Bump. Like its predecessor.
It’s easy to use; just open up the app and make the “bump” gesture with the device to share your contact information. You can set up your contact profile in Bump by selecting your existing address book entry or by creating something brand new. You can then customize what information you want to include or exclude. We like that you can save multiple profiles, one of which you could use for, say, business contacts, and another for personal ones.
Its ability to let you share your Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn information instantly, Bump can even compare friends you have with the user you are “bumping” and show you items like photos from Facebook.
Bump also lets you share contacts and photos with the person you are bumping — another nice touch. Bump alerts you when someone sends you their info and you can choose to add them to your Friends list or follow them on Twitter.
As for its practicality, beats me. Given Mingle360 has been around for a few years, I suggest Bump to do a research on Mingle360 to find out how well they have been doing in their business first. Two years ago, there was another company called ntag who raised ton of money to do sort of the same thing, but they shut down, mainly due to the cost of the wireless electronic device and it wasn’t really like Bump which is only an App.
Although the app looks pretty cool, here is the problem:
The app works only if everyone has an iPhone at the event. Well… what are the odds? Not to mention the tough competition in the smartphone space will make the use of such app even more difficult. Unless Bump can design the app that enables various wireless phones to communicate. i.e. an Android users exchange information with an iPhone users and vice versa. Otherwise, Bump better hopes iPhone takes no prisoners and kill all other smartphones players in the space