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Best mobile apps for professional networking on the go

by Brad Spirrison

People still like to shake hands and judge each other’s business cards, which means you can’t use the Internet for everything. Here are five apps that’ll help you make the most of face-to-face networking.

Brewster Address Book (iOS only)

This uber contact-management tool not only syncs to your iPhone’s contact list, but also Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Gmail and Foursquare.

Sonar: Friends Nearby (iOS, Android)

The hipster sitting across the bar might also be that CIO you’ve been trying to reach. Using public social location data like geo-tagged tweets, Sonar lets you know when contacts are in your vicinity.

Bump (iOS, Android)

Five years after it first dazzled us by allowing users to exchange contact info merely by touching devices, the pioneering app now lets you share photos, videos and docs.

LinkedIn (iOS, Android)

The granddaddy of professional social networks has apps designed specifically for smartphones and tablets.

Slices for Twitter (iOS, Android)

The best app for categorizing subjects on Twitter, Slices isolates need-to-know work information so you don’t get distracted by what Kanye West had for lunch.


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