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Will Web Sharing Click with Consumers?

Meeting-collaboration tools such as WebEx and GoToMeeting are costly and require downloads . / Credit: Click With Me Now web collaboration image via Shutterstock

Computer-screen sharing has been around for over a decade, but was aimed exclusively at business collaboration up until now. There's been no easy way for consumers to share web sites with people they trust to get their opinions on potential purchase choices and complex buying decisions. A new web-sharing technology hopes to fill that vacuum.

Click With Me Now is a free, user-friendly, web-sharing technology that requires no downloads. It is easily installed on any consumer-facing website and enables users to share a web page in real time. It also enables sharing with multiple parties. If the web page contains some information that needs to remain private, such as a Social Security number or credit card information, the technology lets users set their screens to private until they're ready to share again.

This social browsing experience allows people to share web pages with others they trust, from friends and family to advisors, on everything from health to financial decisions. It is secure and free for consumers.

"Click With Me Now allows for help in researching and buying online when friends and family can't be standing over your shoulder," said Brian Handrigan, Click With Me Now's co-founder and chief strategy officer.

The product was originally developed to help seniors navigate the market for individual health insurance in 2014 when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, Handrigan told BusinessNewsDaily.

"There were no consumer-centric tools" for that purpose, Handrigan said.

Existing meeting-collaboration tools, such as WebEx and GoToMeeting, are costly, require downloads and have a relatively steep learning curve, Handrigan said. The goal for Click With Me Now was to create a technology that would enable consumers to instantly share the web session they're viewing with friends and family as easily as workers collaborate with colleagues.

Though the technology has its roots in the healthcare sector, the developers quickly realized it had social-sharing applications in other market segments, including travel, financial services, consumer electronics, fashion and real estate.

"As we shared what we were doing with others, the uses just started coming in," Handrigan said.

Click With Me Now works with any platform from PCs and Macs to any mobile device that has a browser, including smartphones and tablets. Handrigan expects the technology to become available for consumer use in the first quarter of 2013.

The technology remains free for consumers, but websites that incorporate it will have to pay. The system, which features a self-service sign up, will charge websites on the basis of unique, monthly connections. Click With Me Now will be free to websites for up to 20 connections a month, with a sliding scale that goes up to 200 unique connections each month for $99, or 500 connections for $149 and 1,000 for $249.

"We're able to scale geometrically to meet the market needs," Handrigan said.

Reach BusinessNewsDaily senior writer Ned Smith at nsmith@techmedianetwork.com. Follow him on Twitter @nedbsmith.We're also on Facebook & Google+.

Ned Smith

Ned was senior writer at Sweeney Vesty, an international consulting firm, and was Vice President of communications for iQuest Analytics. Before that, he has been a web editor and managed the Internet and intranet sites for Citizens Communications. He began his journalism career as a police reporter with the Roanoke (Va.) Times, and was managing editor of American Way magazine and senior editor of Us. He was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and has a masters in journalism from the University of Arizona.