8appsLast year I had selected the task management solution Orchestrate as a top pick in 25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive. Now Tokyo based startup Jonkenpon, creator of Orchestrate, has launched a service called 8apps which aims to be a social network for productive people. The idea is to create a community where users can not only meet new people but work with them in a suite of productivity based applications. There are currently three applications available in the 8apps suite with five more to come. The first three applications are Handshake, Orchestrate and Blueprint offering social networking, task management and brainstorming. In a blog post announcing 8apps, Jonkenpon explains that they do not plan on competing with offerings such as 37signals or Google Docs but rather fill in the gaps where they lack in productivity with a suite of small, focused applications.

What makes 8apps special is the concept of applications within a social network. Essentially, it’s a social network that you join to be more productive. It may sound strange at first, but I think 8apps is onto something. The 8apps social network is called Handshake and serves as a place to connect with co-workers, meet new people, and show your stuff. Any user that you connect with in Handshake can ultimately collaborate with you in any 8apps application. You can, for example, search for a developer to connect with and brainstorm about a possible project together without leaving the site. In fact, someone has already come in contact with Tim, one of our editors, for possible design work. Not bad considering that we’ve only been registered to 8apps for a week!

8apps Handshake

Handshake consists of all the basic features that you would expect to find in a social network. You can customize your profile, browse through user profiles, send messages to contacts, and add comments to your contacts profiles. The profiles themselves are very minimal, but one nice feature is the ability to append your websites RSS feed to your profile. There’s also a neat skills graph in the right column showing a users level in experience, teamwork, ability, ideas and speed based on contact votes (you can’t vote for yourself). Additionally, Handshake has a Groups section where users can go to discuss any given topic and meet new people.

8apps Orchestrate

The next application in the suite is a task management solution called Orchestrate. 8apps co-founder Jon Yongfook Cockle had created Orchestrate as a standalone application early last year and has since decided to merge it into the 8apps suite. It’s a unique task manager that allows users to create and view multiple tasks lists in one workspace and set focus to specific lists when needed. You also have the ability to color code task lists and share them with your contacts. What I find to be especially neat is how you can quickly create a task list for any project you create in 8apps. Meaning, if I were to create a project in the brainstorming application, I can optionally create a task list to go along with it in one click.

8apps Blueprint

Blueprint is 8apps brainstorming application. It’s an interesting application that allows you to quickly jot down your ideas in a free-form like fashion as well as brainstorm collaboratively with others around the 8apps network. You can add keywords, links and bodies of text to your Blueprint workspace and drag each item around organizing them whichever way works best for you. I spent some time with Matt and Tim (Solution Watch editors) in a Blueprint project called “8apps Review” and found it to be quite helpful in passing around our thoughts. Though I didn’t see Blueprint’s true potential until given the opportunity to join a project by the founder of 8apps. There were around nine people in the brainstorm and everyone was sharing their ideas for an application. It was pretty neat to see such collaboration from random users around the 8apps network.

8apps has only launched its private beta two weeks ago, but I feel it’s already off to a great start. What appeals to me most is how a user can meet someone in the social network and immediately start working on a project together. I also had a great time using the brainstorming application with my friends and found it to be quite helpful. But there are still some rough edges around the existing applications. For starters, the Mail section in Handshake does not have a send mail option (you can send mail by going to a contacts profile) and you can’t view previously sent mail. Also, Blueprint lacks real-time updating of items and automatically pushes around comments between pages when least needed.

If you are interested in trying out the private beta of 8apps, feel free to reach me for an invite – I have 17 invites remaining. Webware also has a nice writeup on 8apps and some invites to handout. (via Mashable)

101 Comments on “8apps: Social Networking for Productive People”

  1. Dennis says:

    I would love to have an invite.

  2. Jon says:

    Brian, thanks for the awesome write-up!

  3. Seth C says:

    I too would love an invite.

  4. Brian Knoblock says:

    Great post, and I would love an invite.


  5. Jason C says:

    Sounds interesting, and I’m wondering how it compares to the other offerings. If you have any invites let, I’ll gladly accept one.

  6. Nick says:

    Brian, interesting review of 8apps…the Blueprint and Orchestrate apps sound very very interesting! I’d love to try them out if you still have an invitation available.

    thx and keep up the good work in bringing these sites to our attention –

  7. Craig S. says:

    I would love an invite!

    Great post! When I see a new post on Solution Watch I always read it.

  8. Brian Benzinger says:

    @Dennis, Seth, Brian, Jason, Nick, and Crag – I’ve sent you all invites. If you didn’t get them, let me know. Thanks and be sure to look me up on 8apps! Enjoy!

  9. John W says:

    I would love an invite! This would be a great app to use in my classes with my students! (Talk about needing to collaborate and organize…)

  10. c zheng says:

    This sounds quite promising… if you’ve got any invites left, I’d certainly appreciate one.

  11. James P says:

    If you’ve still got any invites left I’d like to try it out.



  12. Brian Benzinger says:

    @John, Zheng, and James – Sent you all invites. Thanks and enjoy!

  13. erwin blom says:

    I would love an invite!

  14. Manfred says:

    wow, nice app. I would love to have an invite1

  15. IronMAN says:

    nice application… if you’ve got any invites left, I would love one.

  16. Brian Benzinger says:

    @Erwin, Manfred, and IronMAN – Sent the invites. Enjoy and see you on 8apps.

  17. peteremcc says:

    thats for reviewing this, it certainly looks interesting and I’d love an invite.


  18. IronMAN says:

    thanks for invitation!

  19. Ran says:

    Hey brian, great post. Would love to get an invite as well!

  20. keith bohanna says:

    Looks fascinating – yes please if that offer is still open :-)


  21. Nick says:

    I would be interest in an invite. After the previous article on task lists, I went through most of them and had a look in order to set up one for myself. Mainly to get arround the problem with corporate firewalls that don’t allow you access to gmail and other useful apps. Its is such a pain when you cannot access everything from any computer. In the end I went with Remember the milk.

    This does look useful, and I’d love to have a go

  22. Jon says:

    Just a reminder – everyone who joins 8apps gets 20 invites to send out, so even if Brian runs out of invites just post a comment back here and I’m sure one of the other readers will be able to help you out.


  23. Kelly Hair says:

    I’d appreciate having an invite as well.


  24. Robert Jackson says:

    Any invites left? If so – I would love one also.

  25. tim malbon says:

    This sounds really interesting. Please – if it’s not too cheeky to as – send me an invite as well. Ta.

  26. andre taliercio says:

    Hello Brian, would love to have an invite too. Thank you.

  27. Gonzague says:


    Would love an invite aswell

  28. Arif says:

    I would love an invite!

  29. Bugis says:

    8apps looks good.
    I doubt there are any invitations left. WOuld appreciate greately an invitation (at least from those you invited) :)

    take care,


  30. Brian Benzinger says:

    Whew! Tim allowed me to use up his 8apps invites. Cleaned up my account and now Tim has… 10 invites left.

    @Ran, Keith, Nick, Kelly, Robert, Tim, Andre, Gonzague, Arif, and Bugis – You all should have received an invite. See you on 8apps! Thanks!

  31. 8apps: interesting approach to productivity « Later On says:

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  32. MIke says:

    Would also love an invite!

  33. Ken Walker says:

    +1 on an invite, please. :)

  34. johnnysoko says:

    I’d like an invite…thanks!

  35. Kevin says:

    Thanks for your write-up. If there are any invites left, I’d appreciate one.

  36. Joe Miller says:

    Love an invite if there is one left. I am always trying to find the right apps to introduce students to in our district.


  37. keith bohanna says:

    Thanks for that Brian :-)

  38. Rich says:

    I know this is someone that merits further review…I would certainly like an invite to give it a try. Thanks and best…Rich

  39. halans says:

    I hate to get on my knees and beg, but…
    any invites left, pweeeze?
    Thanks anyway

  40. raj tome says:

    i use synapselife.com which currently has 9 applications that work with my existing social networks via their tool bar.

  41. Aaron Ross Powell says:

    On the offhand chance that there are any more invites available, I’d love to get my hands on one. Thanks.

  42. Steven Bao says:

    Heh, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get an invite.

    However, I’ll post my email so if anyone gets any invites, could you share? :)

    steve /-at-/ stevenbao /-dot-/ com

  43. Chris FR says:

    Well, if it isn’t too late, I would like an invite too :)


  44. Vista says:

    I’m late.

    But I would like to have an invite.


  45. Brian Benzinger says:

    I cleaned out all of Tim’s invites, so now I’m on to Matt’s invites! So, for those of you that think you’re too late, it’s all good ;-).

    @Mike, Ken, Johnny, Kevin, Joe, Keith, Rich, Halans, Aaron, Steven, Chris, and Vista – Sent you all invites. See you on 8apps.

  46. Scott Hurff says:

    Can you hook me up still? Thanks guys.

  47. Robby says:

    Are there any invites still available? I would love one!

  48. Anne H says:

    I would also be interested in an invite if available. Seems like an interesting concept that I would like to explore.

  49. Harshadewa says:

    Please invite me as well…. :)


  50. Eugene Cook says:

    I would definitely appreciate an invite! Thanks a million!

  51. AlexDB says:

    Would be great, please invite me!

  52. Matt Taylor says:

    Would love an invite, I really like where these guys are headed.

  53. sharnav says:

    Would someone please forward me an invite. Thanks.

  54. Barry Tallis says:

    Would love an invite as well. Thanks in advance!

  55. TJ says:

    Would love an invite if there are any left, …pretty please.

  56. Michael Vu says:

    Please send me an invitation as well, thank you!

  57. Faheem says:

    Wow, this sounds great. I would love an invite too. Thanks.

  58. Pepa007 says:

    Could anyone invite me please? Thanx a lot!

  59. Pepa007 says:

    …and my email address is newsletterbox@centrum.cz

    thanks again

  60. BBC says:

    I would LOVE an invite! mark at surf.as

  61. Bugis says:


    just checked my email and have not seen an invitation. Any chance to get it again?


  62. Philip Seyfi says:

    Interesting webapp… Could you please send me an invite to seifip@centrum.cz :) Thnx

  63. Jesper Winblad says:

    Solution Watch i nowadays my nr1 morningcoffesite! I alwatys read it with my morningcoffe! Great site!

    Well i guess you dont have any invites left to 8apps, but if you do i would love one!8 apps seems like the kind ogf solution i am looking for!


  64. Jesper Winblad says:

  65. ABND says:

    Would also like an invite if someone can spare one. Thanks!


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  67. conmiweb says:

    Hi I need an invite, please! conmiweb(et)gmail.com


  68. ethang says:

    If anyone has an extra invite I’d appreciate it: nospam[at]crawfunk.com – Thanks!

  69. Vinod Ponmanadiyil says:

    Any Invite left?!

  70. Frank MC says:

    great article – if there are any invites left, would love to check this one out.


  71. Jon Carico says:

    I would love an invite too! Thanks. :)

    -Jon Carico

  72. Praful Mathur says:

    if you have invites, i’d like one too. great post!

  73. mark vernon says:

    If you still have invites left I would appreciate one – thanks very much!

  74. Burke W says:

    Good write-up. If you still have invites left, I’d like to give it a whirl.

  75. Alston Ho says:

    I would love to give 8apps a try. Do you have any invites left? Thanks in advance! -Alston

  76. Tomas says:

    Could anyone send me an invite? Thank you.

  77. Morten says:

    This looks indeed very interesting and useful.
    I would very much like an invite please.


  78. ysbstn says:

    sounds great… any invite left? Thanks. And Brian keep on this SW thing!

  79. Justin Kistner says:

    I’m sure you do not have any invites left, but I thought I would post that I’d like one anyway. I have some invites to Virb.com if anyone wants to trade. :)

    jusdrum at gmail

  80. eintomur says:

    can i ask for an invite please? if there are any left, that is.. =D

  81. Joe says:

    Anymore invites for 8apps? Thanks

  82. Rishi says:

    If anyone has invites from planixonline.com I will trade you with an invite for 8 apps.
    Email me at rishi at leprotege dot net

  83. Kevin W. says:

    Very good review.

    I would like to try it out if anyone has an invite left.

    L L s L i m at hotmail.com

  84. shennyg says:

    I would really appreciate an invite.


    I got a joost account, can trade invite when I get them….


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  86. 8apps - for productive people at Moqub’s bibliotheek van dingen says:

    [...] De recensie bij Solution Watch over een nieuw sociaal netwerk spreekt mij erg aan en ik besluit een kijkje te nemen bij 8apps. Op de website wordt beschreven waar 8apps voor staat. Het idee achter 8apps is het ontwikkelen van een community waar gebruikers nieuwe mensen kunnen ontmoeten om daarna gezamelijk productief te zijn. Momenteel zijn er drie applicaties beschikbaar en binnenkort wordt deze set met vijf andere applicaties aangevuld. [...]

  87. Dias says:

    Hi, thanks for informative article, seems to be very interesting, especially Blueprint. ^_^

    If you (or somebody else) have still some invites I’d be glad to receive one, thanks.

    diasfx at gmail.com

  88. mischievous says:

    Any Invites Left?

  89. Phil Kingston says:

    Hi, I work in a theatre collective that due to low income and high ideals means a lot of us end up working office jobs. 8Apps sounds like a great way to keep the collective project on the boil during our day jobs. Any invites left?

  90. Dean says:

    Brian- Any invites left as I’d love to have one. Thanks again.

  91. nonna says:

    any one has invites, I’d love to have one

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  93. Chad says:

    I wish I stayed up on all my feed reading! Would love an invite, if anyone has one.

  94. Swoopey says:

    Invite oneigaishimasuuuu (please)

  95. hani says:

    Heya thanks for the lovely write up! I’d love an invite for 8apps if you have any left. misshani[at]gmail.com! thanks!

  96. whitzat says:


  97. matze says:

    if someone has any invite left, I would be very happy to get invited for 8apps.


    fruity685-pool [at] yahoo.com

  98. RoD says:

    Brian- Any invites left as I’d love to have one. Thanks!!

  99. bam says:

    i would love an invite … plz plz plz

    ban192 (at) yahoo.com

  100. Ricardo says:

    I wish I stayed up on all my feed reading! Would love an invite, if anyone has one.

  101. Craig says:

    Wow, wish I’d seen this earlier. Would appreciate an invite if any one is willing to give one…