There are many amazing apps for Gmail that make it an even more efficient email system — Rapportive is one of the best.
It’s pretty simple, Rapportive shows you everything about your contacts right in your inbox.
For those of us that depend on CRM (customer relationship management), this plugin is extremely helpful.
When Rapportive, founded by CEO Rahul Vohra, was brought to my attention via Mashable.com last year, it wasn’t nearly as sophisticated as it is now.
Since then, the progress has turned the app into a business power tool.
It’s great seeing what people look like, where they’re based, and what they do.
Twitter and Facebook are deeply integrated right into the app so I constantly feel connected. You can establish rapport by mentioning shared interests and grow your network by connecting on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and more.
There’s even an ability to record thoughts for later by leaving notes. Best of all, you can control what others see about you.
Most recently, there’s the ability to manage multiple email addresses. Click “Claim your email addresses” in the Rapportive menu at the top of Gmail, and follow the instructions. (If the option doesn’t appear, please reload your Gmail tab.)
Raplets are Rapportive extensions built by vendor developers that go beyond Social Media integration. You can add Raplets from MailChimp — email marketing tool, Batchbook — social CRM tool, Klout — internet influence tool, Mixcloud — free radio shows/podcasts and more.
When you add a Raplet, it appears in your sidebar alongside Rapportive’s own features and it can be removed at anytime.
How I Use Rapportive
I’ve chosen to connect Twitter and Facebook pages as well as my Linkedin accounts.
Links to Flickr, Behance, DevantArt, Google Reader, and Vimeo are also added (most of which the app found itself).