We've gotten great feedback on our Handshake (TM) App since we launched it for both the Android and iPhone and thank all who have given time and thought to sharing their ideas with us. We've received many questions, too! Here are answers we hope will be of help.
Q. Who is in the Handshake App?
A. Clients of Handshake Media – the parent company of Handshake 2.0 – who have been showcased on the site are in the Handshake App, and anyone who has appeared on Handshake 2.0 two or more times. (If we missed you, please let us know!)
Q. Why are some profiles different from others?
A. Clients receive a full profile: company name, company URL, person's name, link to the person's public LinkedIn profile, telephone number, link to the company's or the person's Twitter stream, company description, and geolocation.
Individuals who have appeared on Handshake 2.0 but are not clients receive a standard profile: company name, company URL, person's name, link to the person's public LinkedIn profile, and geolocation.
Q. Can the information in a profile be updated?
A. Yes. Please send updated information with links to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Can I update my information myself?
A. For the current version of the Handshake App for Handshake 2.0, we make the changes for you.
That's because we're our own client. Handshake 2.0's parent company - digital media technology company Handshake Media – created a branded version of the Handshake App for Handshake 2.0. Companies or organizations for whom we create their own branded versions of the Handshake App have access to their own data, can make changes 24-7, and see the changes appear immediately in their own mobile apps.
We have a client's corporate branded Handshake App just about ready to launch for the Android, so we'll have another example to show you soon.
Q. Can the information displayed be changed?
A. We can expand a person's or company's presence in the Handshake App to a full profile if they become a client. We have plans to expand clients' full profiles and standard profiles in the future. For example, we may add corporate Facebook page links to full profiles and Twitter links to standard profiles.
Clients who want their own branded versions of the Handshake App can choose the profile information they want listed and the order in which they want it to appear. For now, we'll keep our current information display the same, but we're open to suggestions for the 2.0 version of the Handshake App for Handshake 2.0.
Q. Why doesn't the profile include a photo, a job title, etc.?
A. We love LinkedIn because it provides access to that information and more. That's why we included one-click, one-touch access to LinkedIn in the Handshake App.
Q. Why do some companies appear in the app more than once?
A. Because Handshake 2.0's founder – that would be moi – in her excitement to create a Minimum Viable Product and launch the Handshake App ASAP, didn't think through the structure of the database, i.e. design it to account for multiple people from the same company or organization having appeared on Handshake 2.0. I take full responsibility for launching an app with a quirk.
Q. Why isn't there a Handshake App for the BlackBerry?
A. We're pondering it. Given the current market share for Android and iPhone, and our personal experience with BlackBerry users' limited use of BlackBerry apps, we're pondering.
Q. Why am I not in the Handshake App?
A. Because you either 1) haven't been on Handshake 2.0 yet, or 2) haven't been on Handshake 2.0 twice.
Q. How do I get in the Handshake App?
A. Ah, we loved this question.
To get in the Handshake App for Handshake 2.0, you have to get on Handshake 2.0. Frankly, we think the fastest, easiest way to get on Handshake 2.0 that offers the most value is to buy a Warm Handshake. And we have a page with other ways: How do I get on Handshake 2.0?
You're invited to read more about the Handshake (TM) App for Handshake 2.0. about your own branded version of the Handshake (TM) App, and our series on the development of the Handshake (TM) App.
Download the Handshake App for the iPhone - compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
Download The Handshake App for the Android - New version – 1.01
(Please note that the link for the Android version will not work in a Web browser on a computer.)