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Looking to network a little smarter? There’s an app for that!

In fact, there are several! Truth be told, there are so many different networking apps and services that it’s hard to keep up. Which is why I want to point you to this New York Times article that highlights some of the more prevalent networking apps currently in play.

The article really focuses on how apps are replacing the need for business cards in the networking landscape. Per the article:

Sandy Avvari, a digital and social media analyst at a Canadian automotive manufacturer, said she met about 15 people a week in her job but exchanged paper business cards only about 20 percent of the time. “We’re much more likely to exchange Twitter handles or connect to each other on LinkedIn,” she said.

HOW she and others exchange Twitter handles or connect on LinkedIn is where things get interesting. The article calls out apps like CardMunch, Bump, Contacts Journal, Planely, Friendthem and MeetMe to streamline the contact sharing process.

Not only do these apps make it easier to exchange information, but they do a better job at keeping you up to date on your contacts, too. As the article states:

Attaching a LinkedIn profile to the business card “makes the contact dynamic, showing job changes or new phone numbers when they happen,” Ms. Avvari said. “It becomes more than a static piece of paper or address book entry.”

Have you found the right app for your networking approach?