There isn’t much left to do in online networking applications. We all know the professional (LinkedIn), the social (Facebook), the real time (Twitter) and the dating (Tinder, Bumble, etc.). But profile photos of people you interact with don’t get you far. And we have all known this person who looked smart in the photo and turned out not so amazing in real life. Photos do not communicate a person’s energy, body language, or voice.
An app called Wonderloop is hoping to fix this problem, with video profiles like this one.
It is now added to swipe people, Tinder style. Left for “later” and right for “favorite”. Plus, you can see who is “nearby” with a locate feature, increasing the likelihood that you will even run into that person. How’s that to make your day moreâ¦ interesting?
Founder Hanna Aase says Wonderloop isn’t so much “LinkedIn with video” as “About.me with video”. Why? Well, because it also has a web platform, allowing you to share your video profile outside of the app, as well as messages inside.
I have to admit it’s fair to say that the impression you get of a person watching them for 10 seconds on a video is pretty compelling.
Aase says Wonderloop could become your personal âvideo IDâ, providing each user with their unique video profile. She says Wonderloop’s goal is to build a search engine out of people on video.
âSeeing people on video builds trust. The goal of Wonderloop is for everyone in the world to have a video identity. We want to help users be seen in this world. You are using Wonderloop for the first step in turning an alien into a potentially cool person in your life, âshe added.
She believes the app will be used by people to make new friends, connect influencers with fans, connect entrepreneurs, connect freelancers and travelers and of course a bit of dating here and there.
She also hopes the app will appeal to Millennials and Gen Z who, as frequent travelers, often enjoy meeting people ânearbyâ. âWe did some research and were surprised at how much the 16-20 age group wants to find new friends,â she says. For example, apps like Jodel are used by young people to chat with complete strangers nearby (although no names are attached).
At present, the app is invitation only, but users can apply inside the app. Aase says, âWe hope to do it in stages as the business grows and in a way that users feel the community is a place where they feel safe and can share who they are on video. But being by invitation only differentiates us from all other services.