About.me makes social profiles mobile with iOS app and “Who’s Nearby” feature

About.me makes social profiles mobile with iOS app and “Who’s Nearby” feature

The social profile network About.me, which was acquired by AOL in 2011 is continuing to expand its usefulness with a new iOS app that makes interacting with people easier.

About.me for iOS displays your profile beautifully on your device as well as tag people as favorites and find people that are close-by. We haven’t heard much from the product as of late, but it’s clear that AOL is not done adding functionality to it.

If you don’t already have an About.me account, which serves as a virtual business card for you, you can sign up from within the app or just login to your existing one.

On the main screen, you’ll be shown featured profiles much like you are on the current site:

As you dig a bit deeper into profiles, you’ll notice that you can share the people you find on Facebook, Twitter, or via email. This is neat if you’re looking for a new designer to hire at your company and want to exchange notes on potential recruits:

Since you can plug all of your social accounts up to the service, like foursquare, Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook, it’s a good way to socialize with new friends as well. The app also lets you update your own account information quite easily.

The new functionality, called “Who’s Nearby?”, is more of a feature we’d see in an app like Highlight, allowing you to explore the network of folks who have a profile based on where they’re located. This is an ultra-social feature and it’s interesting to see AOL taking the product in this direction, since there’s already a lot of competition:

For me personally, I don’t use the site as much as I used to. It was fun at first to change your “cover photo” which is a beautiful high-resolution profile picture, but once you’ve connected all of your services, there’s not much of a reason to go back to it. It’ll be interesting to see if this new app kicks up interactions between users, or drives anymore traffic to the blogs that are hooked up to it.

About.me for iOS

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