Zerply is an excellent tool for discovering talented people online and promoting oneself online as well. It takes the idea of LinkedIn, but makes it easier to find and connect to people using its mechanism. Essentially a person can showcase their existing LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook account onto their Zerply profile to create (what Zerply likes to call) a beautiful online presence. Zerply has been positioning itself as a more modern and accessible alternative to LinkedIn, a more professional version of Facebook and Twitter and an excellent resource for networking and self-promotion. In fact, Zerply has been touting its benefits and is starting to be used by recruiters everywhere to discover new talent, particularly in web design and other creative industries. Zerply provides its users with a great looking profile which highlights their personality, experience and skills in a young, fresh way.Show more screenshots »
Zerply derives from the words "serious play." It officially launched in June 2011, and has acquired a pretty dedicated user base consisting of web designers, young people and recruiters. It has taken on the difficult task of challenging LinkedIn and makes a good argument, touting it free searching and nice looking profiles. Zerply started as an idea between two friends and is now supported by folks across the globe with a presence in Sweden, Estonia, UK, Czech Republic and the USA. Zerply's CEO is Christofer Karltorp and their headquarters is in Mountain View, California.
Zerply is more expressive and fresh way to present oneself online. Particularly for designers, creative professionals or developers, Zerply can present content or a portfolio for its users in a more professional and appealing way- something that is very difficult to do on LinkedIn. Zerply also offers a way for users to request and provide endorsements to other Zerply users. This is a way to validate users and the skills that they showcase through Zerply. Zerply also allows users to communicate and reach out to others through its platform without charging them for a "connect" like LinkedIn does.
Zerply has a fantastic graphical user interface which is appealing and very easy to use. The profiles hosted on Zerply are gorgeous, especially compared to the alternatives. In addition, the search feature on Zerply makes it incredibly easy to recruit or network with particular individuals. For example, one could search for "California, Engineer" and get a set of results. This search was free and they can browse through the portfolios without having to be linked to the individuals (which is a downside to many other networks). The only downside at this time is that Zerply is extremely new and is moderately growing its user base. As it grows it should become a much more relevant and appealing alternative to other professional networking sites.
Registering for Zerply is very simple. Zerply asks for just an email address, first and last name, username and a password. Users need to accept the Zerply terms and conditions and then they are all set for the site and can begin setting up their own professional profile right away.
Zerply is free to use today. They are still exploring ways to bring premium services to market, but as of early 2012, they are supported by investments.
Zerply is highly recommended for creative professionals like web designers, photographers, illustrators since it provides a professional format for these individuals to showcase their portfolio, to outline their experience and to get endorsements for the skills they list on their page. Additional professionals could also see some benefit by getting a Zerply profile as it provides them a bit more exposure. However, Zerply is in its infancy phase, so users should still maintain a LinkedIn and other profiles should they want to be relevant.