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If you’ve ever wanted to peek behind the curtain of email to see exactly who the person is behind the account, Rapportive is the tech tool for you!
Rapportive gives you information about people based on their email addresses. This free service automagically gives you the inside scoop on someone and allows you to find out information about them and connect with their social media accounts from within your email. Rapportive was acquired earlier this year by LinkedIn.
What Rapportive Does
Rapportive shows up as a sidebar when you open an email or compose a message. You will see a profile picture and the contact information below it. From this side bar you can click on links to connect with a person on social media. You can also use Rapportive to share information about yourself with others.
Getting the Scoop on Others
One of the most valuable features of Rapportive is that it provides lots of important information about a person from their email account.You can see someone’s profile picture, place of employment, job title, location and social media accounts. You can also see their recent emails to you, Tweets and Facebook posts.
Rapportive allows you to connect with others from within your email which can be very handy to establish an instant connection. You can also make private notes about a person to help you remember details, upcoming dates or other information.
Sharing Your Information with Others
If you want to be found and connect on the Internet, or control the information you share, sign up for a Rapportive account. You can link your social media accounts from dozens of sites with Rapportive to make it easier for others to connect with you. For example, you can add your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, and other accounts to provide others with easy links to your profiles. Rapportive lists over 200 sites for you to connect, though if you’re on more than 200 social media sites, you probably don’t have time for Rapportive!
What You Need to Know
You Need to Have a Gmail Account or a Gmail App to Use Rapportive
You need to have a Gmail account to use Rapportive or use Google Apps on your business email account.
If you don’t have a Gmail account, you can sign up for one for free. You may want to get a Gmail account that you use just to check out other people, should you have a need for the kind of intelligence that Rapportive provides.
Your Subject Doesn’t Need to Use Gmail
Although you need to use Gmail or Google Apps to use Rapportive, your contacts don’t have to for you to discover information about them. They also don’t need to be in your Gmail contacts for you to get Rapportive information about them. Rapportive gives you information about almost everyone.
Rapportive Doesn’t Work with Everyone
Rapportive works frequently but not every time. The service is great, but it isn’t perfect. You won’t get the inside scoop on absolutely everybody, but this is still a valuable tool. I have been using Rapportive for months and find out information on most people who email me. In fact, I find Rapportive rarely is clueless on my contacts.
Getting Started with Rapportive
You can add Rapportive to your Gmail account by visiting the Rapportive website. Rapportive works on Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers.
After you have added Rapportive, you will want to edit your profile. You can do this two ways. You can:
- click on the Rapportive link at the top of your Gmail home page or
- you can open an email message, go to the bottom of the Rapportive sidebar and click on My Profile.
You will be able to link your social media accounts and check your personal information. You want to be sure what others are seeing on Rapportive is the accurate information about you!
After you have set your profile, send yourself an email to check that the information being shown is accurate. If it isn’t, contact Rapportive to let them know.
Get the inside scoop on people with Rapportive. The Internet can be an impersonal place but Rapportive can help you learn more about others and connect with them easily!
Have you used Rapportive? Have you checked out what information Rapportive is sharing about you? Let us know in the Comments section below!