BeamME, the iPhone/iPod Touch application that lets you send contact information wirelessly to any other phone or email address has now integrated with Twitter, allowing you to beam your contact info by entering in anyone's Twitter profile information. At the same time, rmbrME, the company behind the beamME applications, has also just introduced another app to their suite, this one is called beamME Pitch. With the new app, you can now send documents from phone to phone, phone to email, phone to SMS, or even phone to Twitter.
beamME Adds Twitter
BeamMe's Twitter integration lets you beam information from your iPhone or iPod Touch directly to Twitter userIDs (@username). This could be a much easier way to send information to your recipients as it will often be faster than typing in a phone number or email address in many cases. It's also a useful feature if you don't have that information on hand, yet need to share your information with someone on Twitter.
But before you panic about an oncoming wave of beamME spam, take heed. The service has introduced some safety precautions to make sure that doesn't happen. For one, you have to activate this feature before it will even work. (You can do so here.) Also, the recipients of your "beam" have to already be following you on Twitter in order to receive your card as it's sent via DM so as to keep your personal info private.
If, however, the recipient isn't following you on Twitter, the beamME app will send them an @ message first, asking them to follow you to receive your card. No additional @ messages or DMs are sent after the initial exchange takes place and if either party wants to unfollow the other later on, that's their choice.
To use this new Twitter integration, you'll need to download the update to your beamME application from iTunes then activate the feature.
beamME Pitch - Could Be Used for More than Just Pitches
The new app is called beamME Pitch, and, as its name implies, its purpose is to allow sales professionals the ability to beam marketing materials to other phones, email addresses, SMS (worldwide), or again, Twitter. The app lets you send a PDF, PowerPoint, Word, or Text document directly from your iPhone/iPod Touch to your recipient and it will even format it correctly for viewing on a mobile device if necessary. The document is accompanied by your vCard and customizable introductory copy.
Like beamME Pro, beamME Pitch uses the iPhone's geo-location system to place your contacts on a map where you can then tag them with the name of the place you met. It also provides a contact's feed section which tracks your complete beaming history.
However, calling the app "beamME Pitch" may have been a mistake. Using it to beam sales and marketing information may end up being one of its top use cases to be sure, but an app that beams documents wirelessly - sans email - could definitely appeal to a broader crowd. You could easily see this app being used as an email alternative by busy, working professionals who can't carry their laptops with them everywhere but need to send and receive files. It could also become popular among students. Unfortunately, with "Pitch" in the name, we're worried it will get overlooked by the larger crowd of potential users.
This app is available now in the iTunes App Store for $5.99.
Save a Tree, Buy beamME
If you tend to forgo buying premium applications because you're pinching pennies, you should reconsider when it comes to the beamME apps. Not only are they incredible timesavers, the company has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant a tree for every app purchased. So not only are you saving paper by sending documents wirelessly, you're actively helping reverse global deforestation in the process.