SociaLink is an iPhone app developed by Michael Austin Jacobs. This social networking app lets you connect instantly with friends on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram through the use of Bluetooth.
As the developer explains, “Instead of meeting someone in-person, writing down their name and social media links, getting home, looking them up, and repeating the process for all your social media sites, you can do this in a single step…after being introduced, pull out your iPhone and open the SociaLink app. Select the person you would like to connect to, turn ‘on’ the social networking sites that you would like to connect on, press ‘Link,’ and instantly become connected!”
SociaLink is a way more streamlined process than the traditional way of culling a person’s social networking information. You just set up your social account info one time on the app, and you’re ready to share that info with any nearby device.
Now, SociaLink might not appeal to everyone. At the current time, not every social network is supported. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram are all supported. That definitely takes care of most of the biggest social networking services.
However, it doesn’t support Google Plus, a service that is fast-growing and has a high number of unique users. That being said, we’re looking at Version 1.0.1 of SociaLink, and it’s likely that future updates will include additional social media profile support.
It wouldn’t be the worst thing to see support for services like Youtube, Pinterest, Orkut, or MySpace. Yes, I know, MySpace is the butt of every social networking joke, but the fact remains that MySpace is still the 4th most popular social networking site. For people who need to connect with international business clients, the ability to link to alternative social networking profiles is very important.
If the person you want to connect with doesn’t have SociaLink yet, you can still use the app to send your new contact all of your social media info via an email. All in all, this is a solid debut for SociaLink, and I’m sure it will keep getting better with time.
SociaLink is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.