iPhone App Review: XchangewithmeDecember 16th, 2012 by dancemonkey
Tracking contact info is tricky business with a smartphone, especially with all of the contact info there is to track these days. Email, phone, fax (those are still around right?), Facebook, Twitter, instant messengers… with hundreds of people and dozens of pieces of information to keep track of, it’s a wonderanyone can ever get a hold of anyone else at all.
Xchangewithme is an app designed to collect all of the contact information from all of the people you know and, most importantly, keep it all up to date. You set up a profile with all of your information, then anyone else that is a part of your Xchangewithme network will automatically be up to date on your information (and you on theirs, of course). You can also use the app for instant messaging with other users and as a calendar.
How It Works
Xchangewithme lets you connect to your different services (email, social networks) and invite others to join Xchangewithme too. Each user sets up a business and a personal profile with all of the relevant information, and users automatically see the most up-to-date information in the app. You can also access all of your information on the app’s website.
Other features of the app are instant messaging (works like it sounds), and a calendar. The calendar can function as a sort of social planner depending on your permission settings.
Pros and Cons
The greatest strength of the app is that it collects all of your connections’ contact information in one place, but its greatest weakness is how it does that: by sending invites and forcing everyone to create an account with the service. Despite how well the product works it seems counter-intuitive to ask everyone you know to create an account on yet another online service, just for the express purpose of keeping track of their contact information.
One great thing about the app is that if you do only have an email address or Facebook info for a particular contact, then this app will help collect all of the other contact info you need (provided they accept your invite to sign up for the service).
The other great feature of the app is its natural backup capability, as well as its usefulness if you ever switch phones or lose your device. All of your information is backed up and accessible from the website.
Xchangewithme is a great idea for an app, and it works well despite its shortcomings. If you have a large group of people with very little contact info between them, and think they would all join the network to exchange info with you, then you may benefit from this free app and service.