Brijj is a social networking website for professionals. The feel and purpose of Brijj is reminiscent of sites like LinkedIn. Users can create an account and build their network by adding other users. Brijj helps each user locate people they know, including friends, family, colleagues and classmates. The site gives users the tools to create a trusted network of people they actually know while increasing their contacts through recommendations. Brijj encourages users to ‘power network’ and expand their contact list by searching for people and companies, viewing their relationships with those contacts and sending requests to those they know for an introduction to others. Brijj helps users create a solid network that expands by utilizing the people the user already knows as a connection to new contacts.
Brijj was created by Info Edge India Ltd. Based in New Delhi, Info Edge is focused on providing solutions that span a number of industries. Their products are intended to help with online recruitment, real estate classifieds and similar services for users in India. Brijj is another tool produced by Info Edge to help professionals expand their networks and get to know others through solid, trusted connections and online interactions.
Brijj offers a helpful service, even though it is not entirely unique. What some users may find intriguing is the focus on building trustworthy contacts rather than inviting as many strangers as possible to their contact list. Brijj enables users to request an introduction to a new contact through someone they already know. Users can also see how they are connected with others which can help them decide who to add to their contact list.
The Brijj website uses a plain white background with a pleasant blue and bright orange color scheme that works very well. The site has its own personality while remaining clean and organized for easy navigation. Stylish icons and headers help users view their contacts at a glance.
New users can click on the blue “Join Now” link in the upper, right hand corner of the Brijj website to get started. This takes the user to the registration form, which asks for an email address, password, full name, mobile phone number, work status, country location, city, current organization, the year the user started with that organization, current title, highest education level, country of education, city, the institute’s name, the year the user began schooling and the gear they graduated. The bottom of the forum includes five check boxes. The first four allow the user to sign up for updates on products, group sites and promotions as well as mobile alerts. The fifth box must be selected to agree to the Brijj terms and conditions before completing sign up.
Anyone can create a basic Brijj account for free. There are no registration fees and the user is given access to all current features. Free users can request up to five introductions at one time and can search for and view other user profiles. There are no network size limits or other restrictions to hinder the free user’s experience. Brijj also offers three paid membership options for users who want direct access to resources available outside of their chosen network. The first is a Basic membership which costs around $12 per year and includes the ability to send and receive direct mails outside of the user’s network and access to up to 100 outside network search results. Next is the Power membership which costs just under $25 per year and upgrades to up to 15 simultaneous introductions and 200 outside network search results. The Super plan includes up to 500 outside network search results and costs around $45 per year.
Brijj.com is a helpful tool for users who want another way to network. The benefits of a premium membership seem limited, but users can always opt to stick with the free account and still get access to another social network.