Sometimes you come across a new service that holds the promise of what social networking is supposed to be.
That’s what happened when came across wissr and subsequently spoke with its founder and CEO, Venkat Gopi.
Pronounced ‘wiser,’ wissr aims to be a a trusted micro-market to share recommendations and classifieds with friends, family, and co-workers.
Think Yelp, but with only recommendations from those you know and trust. It’s perhaps the best way I’ve heard to move word of mouth recommendations online.
The service is still in alpa with a beta to launch in mid-September. We’ll talk about the service, it’s promise and how the idea came about on my podcast, The A-List.
More about Venkat and his startup, in his own words:
Venkat Gopi has several years of internet technology and management experience. He received an MBA in Finance and Strategy from Columbia Business School and was on Dean’s Honor list.
Wissr is a service to quickly share recommendations and classifieds with your friends, family and co-workers.
wissr makes it easy to access your personal recommendations anywhere, anytime. Moreover, wissr helps you create a quick classified listing and publish the listing to all social contacts in one click.
With wissr, you can: Frequently exchange recommendations with your trusted personal contacts, quickly create a classified listing and publish it to your social contacts on Facebook, MySpace, Delicious, LinkedIn, Twitter, Friendfeed, MySpace, Orkut and email contacts on Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and AOL, conveniently receive all responses in one central place and track these activities anywhere, anytime via web, instant messenger, text messages, and smart phone applications, easily search a repository of personal recommendations.
The service is in alpha so certain features such as IM, text and smart phone apps are in development and will be available soon.