Recmnd.me is a sort of short-hand LinkedIn that allows professionals to recommend one another at the touch of a button. It also allows employers to search through different kinds of professionals. These employers can tell who the top talent is by noting the number of recommendations that each professional has received. Users can search by area, by profession, by keyword, by company or even by name. This app frees users from the need to write lengthy recommendations to one another, streamlining the process down to data that is quickly assimilated and used. The app helps everyone who uses it manage their career while conserving their most precious resource: time.Show more screenshots »
Recmnd.me was founded in 2012 by Jessee Gant. Less than 1,000 users and companies are currently involved with the app. It has, however, been featured on TechCrunch, The San Fransisco Chronicle, and SocialTech.com. Most of its users seem to be concentrated in the California area.
Recmnd.me is in direct competition with LinkedIn. It provides far less information than LinkedIn does, by design. It also allows users to be more honest in their recommendations by letting users rate people on specific skills. The scores aren’t shared with the user, allowing the person giving the review to be more honest. However, the average Recmnd.me profile isn’t going to give anybody nearly the information that a LinkedIn profile gives.
The web app is simple enough to use, as it all runs on a very point-and-click, push-button process. The site seems to run fast enough and the graphics are clean. The reports and leaderboards are relatively interesting and somewhat useful. Still, there’s something about Recmnd.me that feels like a sort of high-class popularity contest, and the fact that an individual user has very little control over how he or she is perceived might make some users uneasy.
Recmnd.me’s registration process seems to be glitch, which significantly reduces its utility. Four separate attempts to sign up might well lead to the app telling the user that the account already exists—even if it doesn’t. Attempts to search for the “existing account” to check for others who might have the same name will produce no results, but the app will keep right on telling the user that they are unable to sign up. Until this is fixed Recmnd.me isn’t going to get very far.
The application is free to use for professionals and hiring managers alike. The real cost is in the risk, since one bad recommendation from one of the few companies and professionals who are involved with the app could theoretically sink a person attempting to manage their careers.
Users who are already networked into the companies using Recmnd.me will get the most use out of this app. Users who are feeling very confident about their careers and what people might say about them will also enjoy the app. Users who aren’t so sure what scores they might receive might find the app hurts more than it helps. Managers who are trying to hire outside of the area that Recmnd.me covers aren’t likely to get much use out of it.