We’re all about finding jobs or starting your own business in this rough economy.Â If you want to be more focused in any of these endeavors, you might give Blellow a try.Â Blellow is a nicheÂ microblogging site to join groups, find projects, check the job board, and meetup with other Blellow members. Jennifer Van Grove describes it in Blellow: A Better Microblogging Tool for Freelancers and Web Workers.
Quick Pitch: Blellow is a social network allowing freelancers and professionals to collaborate, find work, and solve problems through a friendly, familiar micro-blog interface by answering the question: â€œWhat are you working on?â€
Genius Idea: One of the reasons that people are embracing Twitter with open arms is the quality of people and networking opportunities that arise from the 140 character community. With Twitter trending towards the mainstream, however, conversations are becoming more social, so freelancers using the popular microblog to find clients and projects might start to feel like a small fish in an expansive sea.
For niche networking with a professional purpose and Twitter-like feel, we can now turn to Blellow, a more focused microblogging site to join groups, find projects, check the job board, and meetup with other Blellow members.
The Twitter-similar site launched at SXSW and asks users, â€œWhat are you working on?â€ to foster professional conversations and create networking or project-related conversations. Members can update their status, seek advice when stuck on tasks, share files, give and receive kudos for peer-to-peer help, engage in threaded conversations, and join public or private or groups. Kudos are like credibility, so each time you receive kudos for a job well done, youâ€™ll rank higher in Blellow search results, which could expose you to new clients and more work opportunities.
Blellow also has three important features for freelancers looking for gigs: a job board, project listings, and a meetup page. The job board is a community-generated list of full-time and freelance jobs that Blellow users can peruse for work, while the projects page lists paid and pro bono deliverables which include the available budget for the project. Plus, if youâ€™re looking for professional face time with other Blellow members, you can check out upcoming meetups or create your own.
Blellow would be a killer app if it offered a better way to find friends. Currently the site limits users to inviting friends or searching for existing users, but it would be beneficial to see the TwitterTwitter reviews friends and email contacts shared in common with the Blellow user base. Blellow, however, does make it easy to self-identify yourself with groups based on your specialties or interests. Group conversations abound using the % + group name tag, and updates of that nature typically get quality replies. For $5/mo or $10/mo, Blellow users can create private groups with 1 gig and 10 gigs of space, respectively.
Since Blellow is so new, its Achilles heel right now is the sparsity of people, jobs, and projects, but the site does serve freelancers, Web workers, and information seekers extremely well with the groups feature. So, Blellowâ€™s survival will depend of whether we Twitterers will find enough value in creating and maintaining another microblogging profile.
For a quick tutorial on the site, watch this video:
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