Business cards are an important part of life, helping us quickly swap contact details and turn a brief meeting into a valuable long-term contact.
The thing is, business cards are so 20th Century. There are now a number of companies vying to replace them with far more tech savvy solutions. If you’re tired of getting having to take a box of cards around wherever you go, here are five solutions to try.
The service lets you set up multiple profiles for different social settings and it works cross-platform, meaning that an iPhone can ‘bump’ an Android device, for example.
My Name Is E
Contact cards can be shared wirelessly between phones, and you can even send your details to people who don’t use My Name Is E using the email option. Beyond basic phone numbers and email addresses, the service has fields for over 50 social services including LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Skype. Friend requests can be sent directly from the app in some cases, too. Location tagging allows you to see exactly where you made contact with someone – useful if you regularly travel.
You can either print out your QR code, with the advantage that you only need one copy of it to share with many people, or you could always keep an image of your code on your phone for people to snap from the screen.
Jumpscan is currently in beta, open to 50,000 users so if you want to try it, jump in quick while spaces are available.
SnapDat differentiates itself from the competition via its 40 electronic (virtual) business card designs, which it hopes will help convey your personality and individuality more than a plain vCard. That said, you can send your details to those who don’t use the app via an email option which attaches a vCard containing all your details.
It’s impressive stuff, although if you find it’s not giving the results you expect, another option is ScanBizCards which does the same thing, but for iPhone only.