After seeing an ad for it in my Facebook feed I decided to download an app called Shapr.
It promises to help you network with people who are similar to you. Best of all, it only wants you to use it for 1 minute each day so its not a time suck.
The app would be a help to recruiters and sourcers because it can help you connect with people in your location that match your interests. There is no search functionality but you can enter up to 10 interests (aka keywords) that are used to match you with people in your area.
My profile is below. I set it up by using my LinkedIn profile and added my interests.
Once I had my profile setup which took just a few minutes the app than began showing me related people near me. The bad news for me though was that I got mostly people from New York City, even though I live in Connecticut. The big cities probably have more users it seems.
Shapr lets you Pass or Meet suggested people in a Tinder like interface.
Once you select someone via the ‘Meet’ button you are prompted to create a personalized message. They also provide a number of suggested ideas which is a nice touch. Wish LinkedIn had that!
if that person agrees they’d like to meet you also you get an email and this screen inside the app. I found a fellow podcaster in my area that I selected.
What I like about Shapr is that it limits the number of people you can swipe through at any one time. And it prompts you to come back later once you have swiped through your initial list of suggested users.
I dig the countdown clock it gives you. It’s a smart way of not overwhelming you with users to swipe through while at the same time giving you an incentive to come back later and see what’s new.
Shapr is free. Available for iOS and Android you can download it here.