PROskore kicked things off in early October 2011 and ranks professionals worldwide. PROskore is a spin-off from former online business network Fast Pitch, which was launched in 2006. I heard about it after my friend Anise Smith had posted it on Facebook. It takes about 20 minutes to input your information and connect to all your networks. The networks include: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn, Google +, and yes Klout. You can also link your blog. From what I’ve read there are many comparisons to Klout because PROskore, as the name indicates, does indeed give you a score. I think the score is the only similarity with Klout.
PROskore is about what you provide as a business, and what you need as a business. I work for an organization that provides IT Networking / Security, so when another user is looking for IT Networking / Security I’m alerted via a Leads box. It is up to me to contact them through a message via this process. One of the services “I am Looking for” is Web Design. So after I registered I received a handful of messages from other PROskore members that provide Web Design services. That is the crux of PROskore. You can see the value if you are providing or looking for services.
So I love the concept, and can identify the value. It’s just too quiet right now. The Sarasota, Fl based company has said there are over 125K users. My guess is a decent chunk of these users are dormant Fast Pitch participants. I’d be interested to see the active users (logged in last 7 days). The only other thing I would suggest is improving the search. It is clunky at best. Finding someone in another geographic location is not seamless.
I think PROskore has a lot of potential and would highly suggest taking 20 minutes to register if you provide or are looking for business services/products. PROskore is free, but does offer a $19.95 monthly PRO+ subscription. I went for the paid account last week and it better positions you to obtain leads, increases your score (by 8 for me), and improves your SEO (we’ll see). PROskore has received plenty of very favorable press in the last 7 weeks, including positive articles from Mashable and TechCruch. A list of these articles can be found here – PROskore Articles Keep in mind they’ve been PROskore for only 7 weeks. They appear to be doing all the right things to get the word out, and seem very interested in adding to the platform and really making it solid.