Sprouter offers professional individuals and companies a way to reach out to other business people as well as share information about the products and services they offer. The method is akin to Twitter, by allowing professionals a platform to share details about new and upcoming projects through online posting. It differs, however, in its flexibility and the features offered that make Sprouter more appealing from a business standpoint rather than a personal one.Show more screenshots »
The Sprouter private beta was released in August of 2009, opening to the public three months later. The concept was first imagined by founder and CEO Sarah Prevette, who was an active business woman and dynamic entrepreneur. With an eye for new ways to evolve online communities while promoting commerce and business, Prevette came up with the foundation for Sprouter. The application still offers users a chance to socialize and exchange information on just about anything, from local events to world wide news.
The general concept behind Sprouter is far from unique; however this application stands out in the way it caters to a business crowd. Professionals all over the world can use Sprouter to share updates and information on their products and services. This in turn can generate interest that spreads through social networks. The Sprouter community also offers another resource for feedback and suggestions when developing a new product or service. This could prove very valuable to innovative business people, always on the look out for the next big thing.
The layout of Sprouter retains many elements of popular social networking sites, but with significantly less clutter and intrusion. The color scheme is very low key, yet attractive with green and yellow contrasted against soft grey hues. Combine the friendly color scheme with a nice balance of open space and the result is very easy on the eyes. Appearance is a plus for Sprouter, with clean, professional menus and a logical layout.
Much like many other social networking applications, Sprouter has streamlined the registration process. With a single click, users can visit the registration page and enter their name, contact information and their desired URL. After the initial registration, Sprouter adds convenience by allowing users to gather contacts from other sources, such as Gmail, Twitter, Facebook and Linkdin. Users are also able to skip this step and go straight to the main account page if they prefer to do so.
Sprouter is currently offered as a free application for anyone who is willing to visit their website and register. This may be even more appealing to small business owners and entrepreneurs who operate on a tight budget while trying to grow their business. For no cost, users can reach out to other professionals, network and get the word out about what makes their services and products unique, all without paying a dime.
The budding entrepreneur and adventurous business person can really appreciate the networking potential Sprouter has to offer. The application allows users to stay in touch with a large community while retaining a feeling of intimacy and closeness that can really benefit a budding business. Independent contractors and business owners can also share details about current projects while creating a buzz about the services they offer through activity.