Dubb makes your phone book social. Seriously.
Dubb helps you leverage your network, creating a mobile directory of contacts. When you become friends with someone on Dubb, their contact list is aggregated with yours. You no longer need to send a frantic text to a co-worker to see if they have someone’s contact information, simply look into your network, and request the contact information. And once you have it, if any of your contacts change or update their information, you will be notified and given an alert to accept the updated information.
Use Dubb along with messaging apps like WhatsApp and Viber, which work based on a contact’s phone number, to leverage and expand your contact list. You can also create groups for your contacts, so keeping your work and personal contacts separate is simple. And, with groups, you can message everyone at once; no more searching for each contact individually.
Handling privacy issues, interacting with features
Worried about privacy? Dubb has you covered. Their blog states, “Dubb actually helps you control how your info is shared, you can even take yourself off the network, and prevent others from sharing your info…the benefit of staying connected and expanding your networking while taking advantage of it greatly outweighs the risk.”
Beside each piece of your contact information (email, phone numbers, address, and social networking IDs), there is a slider button. You can toggle each aspect of your contact info on or off, putting you in charge of what gets shared and with whom. Any time a contact requests information, you are sent a message letting you accept or decline. Also, if there is someone among your contact you want to hide, let’s say a potential new employee you want to keep secret until you have secured them, you can make them invisible from the network and none of their information will be visible.
Only effective if…
Dubb could certainly eliminate the frustration of misplacing contact information, both personal and professional, by allowing you to ask another contact for the information instead of frantically searching for business cards. However, with all new networking sites, we will have to wait and see how it fairs after Beta and beyond. Because after all, a networking site is only as effective as its network; but if people join, I think it will prove to be another useful tool in the networking toolbox.
Dubb is currently accepting registration for Beta testing, so registrants will be the first to know when it goes live.