A new start-up out of New York City wants you to imagine a world where cluttered drawers of business cards are a thing of the past. Hashable is a networking service that builds off of the organizational functionality of Twitter hashtags. It uses hashtags as a method of facilitating introductions and growing relationships. Different tags are used to serve as reminders of how connections took place to keep acquaintances fresh on how they know each other. Some example hashtags could be #lunch, #convention or #demo.
In addition to allowing you to track your own connections, Hashable gives you the ability to introduce people within your network to others whom you think would benefit from knowing each other. Doing so earns users “hash cred” which is a system to rank community peers in friendly competition–driven leader boards.
The service allows users to track connections either publicly or privately. Instead of “following,” Hashable uses an “inner circle” to connect users. Members of “inner circles” have the abilities to see each other’s primary contact info, Hashable activity, and stance within leader boards.
Hashable continues to roll out new functionality. A recent addition to the service is integration of Foursquare check-ins. Currently Hashable services are available online as well as in the mobile form of iPhone and Android apps to allow users to hash interactions as they happen.