There isn’t much left to be done in online networking apps. We are all familiar with expert (LinkedIn), social (Facebook), real moment (Twitter) and dating (Tinder, Bumble, etc). But profile photos of the people you’re interacting with only get you so far. And we’ve all known that person who looked smart in the photo and turned out to be not so wonderful in real life. Photos don’t communicate a person’s power, body language or their voice.
It’s now added swiping people, Tinder-style. Left for “later” and right for “beloved.” In addition, you can see who’s “Nearby” with an area feature, making it more likely you may even jolt into this person. How’s that for making your day more…absorbing?
Founder Hanna Aase says Wonderloop is not so much “LinkedIn with video” as much as it is “About.me with video.” Why? Well, because it also has a web-platform, allowing you to share your video profile outside the app, as well as message inside it.
I must admit, it’s fair to say that the appearance you get from a person from watching them for 10 seconds on a video is beautiful persuasive.
Aase says Wonderloop could end up being your personal “video ID,” providing each user with their distinctive video profile. She says Wonderloop’s aim is to create a search motor out of people on video.
“To see people on video creates trust. Wonderloop’s goal is that every person in the world should have a video identity. We want to aid users get seen in this world. You use Wonderloop for the first stride of turning an immigrant into a potentially cool person in your life,” she added.
She thinks the app will be used by people to make brand-new friends, connect influencers with fans, connect entrepreneurs, connect freelancers and travelers and of course a bit of dating here and there.
She’s also hoping the app will appeal to millennials and epoch Z who, as frequent travelers, are often into meeting people “nearby.” “We did research and were surprised to the extent the age team 16-20 wish to find brand-new friends,” she says. For example, apps like Jodel are used by immature people to approach out to chat to finish strangers nearby (although with no names attached).
Right now the app is invite-only, but users can registerly inside the app. Aase says: “We hope to do it in levels as the company grows and in a route where users feel the community is a place they feel safe and can share who they are on video. But being invite-only also makes us differentiated to all other services.”