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Matt Butler11:11:40

I've often felt a desire for a more modern and practical business card. I considered some kind of NFC backed, tap to share, Rolodex. I don't think such a thing exists yet, if there is LMK, might build it one if i ever get round to it.


there was a startup in switzerland doing that: poken


not sure where they're at now


LinkedIn app? 😛

Vincent Cantin11:11:40

NFC has many incompatible different variants/norms, and requires the other person to have a compatible device. Showing a URL encoding QRCode on your cellphone for the other person to shoot with his/her cellphone camera would work better.

Matt Butler11:11:22

Yeah, I assumed it was a good enough idea someone had already tried 🙂


so I read an article by a guy who was advocating for paper business cards, and his points were two: 1) it should be write-able and have space for you to write on, to serve as a reminder of who you were, what you talked about (ie. if you recommend someone a book, write the title there) 2) it should be a physical artefact because it serves as a better reminder for people to contact you and/or follow up; otherwise people just add an email to their contact book and forget


but again, I have never seen this in practice


and I’ve only seen business cards used by people who had a spray and pray approach, rather than a personal connection. Thus interested in everyone else’s experience 🙂

Vincent Cantin11:11:40

An idea to try: A QRCode to a URL which points to your own server’s page, where you can put your own picture taken during the event and write some note for the other person to see later. e.g.: “I am the Clojure guy who loves transducers and realtime webapps.”


Separately from business cards, but do you guys find that people like qrcodes? I always think of them like obfuscated links, so it’s a bit like clicking on something which I don’t know where it points to

Vincent Cantin11:11:35

From a security point of view, URLs are the same, except that they have a more seducing name.


I mean, depends on QR code reader. If you use one that shows you the URL before opening it, then I guess it's kinda the same.


I give out my business cards quite a bit when I'm traveling. I give them to people I meet at airports, on planes, at conferences and user groups. Being able to write notes on them is a plus, I agree.


Admittedly, the smallest batch of business cards you can normally get printed lasts me many, many years -- normally much longer than I'm ever in a particular job -- so I have stacks of old business cards from past jobs tucked away on my desk (home office).


When other folks give me their cards, I do tend to add them to my address book (which has accrued over 1,000 contacts, some dating back to my old Psion 3 I think... certainly I've sync'd the contacts from device to computer to device over all those years, across all my PDAs and phones!).


the biggest value I get when I hand out a business card is not having to spell out my email address


and also as a bookmark