Popl is a device/app for NFC equipped Android or iOS devices. With it, you can share your social media profiles and more with another person’s smartphone with a single tap. It’s sort of like sharing your business card, but in a modern, social-networking sort of way. The receiver doesn’t need to be running an app or special software to receive your information.
Popl uses NFC (so both phones must have it). Los Angeles, Jason Alvarez-Cohen and Nick Eischens founded it.
Update: 15 October – Popl has listened and responded
We take privacy seriously and strive to be transparent with our Popl community and customers.
We want to make it clear that we do not sell or rent any customer data for advertising or marketing purposes, do not capture social media passwords (just the username is needed to connect to your profile), and customers have complete control over what online and social profiles they share via Popl and what information is included.
User activity in the Popl app itself is captured, but only used in aggregate to make improvements to the app and Popl product experience. We do not have access to activity in your linked online and social accounts.
So we are happy to remove references to the old policy.
We still object to data-harvesting and hope Polp will offer a paid, ad-free version.
Advertising Partners. We may work with third party advertising partners to show you ads that we think may interest you.
GadgetGuy’s take – Popl is just another free data-harvesting device
Privacy is the greatest threat in the 21st century. Ethical companies now realise that its important to place user privacy ahead of monetary gain.
Or if the product is free then make it clear that the product is you.