Good Evening, Social Rabbit here with your guide to the world of social media.
I think that deep down everyone is a bit nosy… they like to see what other people are up to. This new website http://www.Flowtown.com lets you find out what social networks your contacts are using/registered on. But why do you want to know that?
- To copy what they are doing because you admire them
- To know how to contact them
- To know where to NOT go to avoid them
- To connect with them
I signed for a free 5 day account with Flowtown this week to see what it was all about, as yes I was curious, what were my contacts up to… With the free account you can upload up to 50 contacts (they don’t tell you this in the FAQs, to be honest there isn’t much info at all on the site – if you are reading this Flowtown you should fix it up otherwise you will lose potential customers).
I uploaded my 800 odd contacts from Outlook (downloaded them to a CSV file then uploaded them), all you need is the email address for each contact. However you need to bear in mind that the email address you have may NOT be the email address that they use to access social networks. For example if you know someone professionally and have their work email address, they may also have a gmail address that they use for social networking – this isn’t fool proof, and again Flowtown don’t mention this.
Basically how it works is that Flowtown checks the email address with the various social networks (no I don’t know which ones, they don’t say – seeing a theme here yet?). Then reports back a list of what each person is connected to. Below is the dashboard you get after you have imported your contacts.
As you can see above it doesn’t look as if many of my contacts are using social media and yet I know that they are – this is when the email address is different. You can also see their Twitter influence by Klout in the little white boxes on the right, this is basically how active they are on Twitter, how many people follow them, Klout’s definition is the “ability to drive people to action”…. 15 minutes later after playing on Klout, I have decided I will write a blog post on this later, it’s fascinating!
Back to Flowtown, you can look at your contacts with the insights tool, see below, so I can see of the 37 contacts who imported properly (some didn’t make it!) 10% are on Facebook, 14% are on LinkedIn etc. I can also see the age of my contacts, gender and location.
Well my overall thoughts on this are… it’s sounds cool and funky, and fun to play with, but in reality might not be quite so useful, it gives you a chance to stickybeak (that’s Aussie for being nosy) into what your friends/colleagues/contacts are on, but only IF you have the right email from them. To give an example, I use mostly the one email address, but it depends on the network, what it’s for and how I am using it. So buyer be aware!
Just so you know if you want to import more contacts after your first 50 it costs from 4c a contact, plus a monthly fee. You can use it set up autoresponders connected to Twitter and Emails, but why bother? There are a lot of better tools out there to use.
On a final note I typed in my own email address, only to find out that I am male, aged 18-24 and living in Australia. I guess one out of 3 isn’t bad, but I wouldn’t recommend trusting it for business!
If you’ve used Flowtown tell me how it’s worked for you below or on the Social Rabbit Facebook Page.