There has never really been a professional social networking site that I have been fond of. I am on LinkedIn, Ecademy, Ryze, Plaxo, etc., and none of them seem to be what I was looking for. This is until Anika told me about Blellow. When I heard about it, I was looking for a white label social networking application for a company. When I found out that a fellow FriendFeeder Sean Haggis is the Blellow Community Manager, I knew it had to be a good thing. I looked at a presentation with a peer and was excited to finally get ahold of the Beta version.
Blellow combines professional social networking with microblogging. It helps you meet like-minded professionals by answering “What are you working on?” You are able to add files and ask for assistance. If you choose to ask for help, then it enables a rating system for the responses given. This is great because you are able to figure out what answers are viewed as most valuable, and the people who gave them. It’s a wonderful way to connect with other professionals.
As a member, you are able to access all of their features:
- Groups - A great way to find people who share your interests. Very similar to your personal profile, except other people are part of the fun
- Jobs - Find a freelance or full-time job. What’s great is that they separated the two types of jobs, so it’s easier to find what you are looking for
- Projects - Post projects you are currently working on that you need assistance with. It brings collaboration when needed
- Meetups – Communicate with members in the real world. You are able to organize the meetups by city, region, company, and date
Overall, I am impressed. It has functionalities that are missing in leading professional social networking sites, and I see myself actually using it. Another plus is the microblogging platform. One of the reasons Twitter is so popular is because you can use it even if you only have a minute to spare. Therefore, Blellow is a great way for busy professionals to interact, collaborate, and learn with other like-minded professionals. I definitely am using this more and more each day and think it will be a success.
Here’s an informative, quick video to learn more about Blellow: