DISCOVERING NEW NETWORKS: AKA-AKI

by Paula on December 17, 2010

I came across an article discussing the various merits of Social Networking and describing the networking opportunities offered by aka-aki.

Not having come across this before I’ve just been browsing their website and having a look at their promo video. It’s basically an application for your mobile phone where you can describe who you are and what you like, and wherever you are you can see if there are any other aka-aki members nearby. It’s demo video shows it as an opportunity to find out a friend was in town when you didn’t know, or to find out that someone in the room has lots in common with you, and to give you the confidence to go over to them to start a conversation.

What are your thoughts on this?

The information says that it can be switched off so you can be invisible at any time, but presumably that lessens the value of being able to be found by a nearby friend? I was trying to think through whether this was something I could ever see myself using.

The only time I can think I might like it is at a networking event. Ever been to one where there is a room full of people and you get to speak to a few but have no idea whether you are meeting the most useful or relevant people? I can imagine if you went into that room and some people were registered with the service it would be an ice-breaker. If all were on it then you could select the people who have the best match of services. I just imagine then the person who has the least exciting aka-aki profile being sat all alone with no-one to talk to!

Maybe these things are best just to happen organically…..what are your thoughts?

{ 1 comment }

Graham Harris December 18, 2010 at 11:08 am

Sounds really interesting. If you’re stuck at an airport or are stopping at motorway services and fancy a chat with someone then it would be interesting to find out who’s around.
However, I predict that the nationals will do a knocking story about open invitations to stalkers, etc.
Thanks for telling us about this, though.

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