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create online business cardsBusiness cards are out of date. They’re paper, which immediately makes them dinosaurs. You get them, and have to figure out what to do – do you copy it all into Outlook? Do you use a Rolodex? It’s just not the best way to do it.

Thankfully, there are a growing number of ways to use the internet to create, share and use your business card. Using these services, you can send your card to others, get contact information in your email (where all your contacts are anyway), and have the business card work with your existing address books, which are increasingly online.

Although there are many, here are five ways to bring your business card into the 2.0 World.

Retaggr

Retaggr is a business card, an “about me” page, and a signature to add to emails, blog posts, and anything else you can think of. When you create a card, you can embed it into emails, paste it onto your blog, or send it to someone. It’s a great tool for connecting with other people, and is very social-network heavy.

Retaggr lets you link to your profiles (on hundreds of sites), so you can find friends all over the Web. For more information, check out Kyle’s great article Retaggr Lets People Know Who You Are Retaggr Lets People Know Who You Are Read More about Retaggr.

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Dropcard

The thing I love about Dropcard is that it’s dead easy to use. While it doesn’t have any unique features to speak of, its delivery system is what makes it so great. When you meet someone, you send Dropcard a text saying “drop theperson’semail@theirdomain” and Dropcard sends all your contact information to their email. Most of us use contacts and email in the same location anyway, and Dropcard knows that.

There’s an iPhone version, lots of keyboard shortcuts, and a number of other great features. Another nice touch – you can have two different cards, a business card and a personal card. Customize them however you want, and give people only the information you want to.

Nuebbo

Nuebbo is a fully-featured contact manager, but also works great for giving people your personal information. You can import contacts from Google, Outlook or Windows Live Mail, and then send your contact information to others. Create one card or many, and send them to other people. Cards can be organized into categories, updated automatically by Nuebbo, and even downloaded as Points of Interest on your GPS (an unnecessary, but cool touch).

If you want a full address book, and not just a business card, Nuebbo’s a great one to try out. If you’re just looking for a simple business card to send to people, Nuebbo’s good, but not the best of the group.

Handshake

This one’s iPhone-specific, but deserves a mention. On your iPhone, boot Handshake. The application lets you send a business card or a picture to anyone else using the Handshake application, with the touch of a button. It’s a great way to exchange contact information with someone, right when you meet them.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see an application like this for the Blackberry or Windows Mobile in the near future.  For now though, if you meet a fellow iPhone user, a simple Handshake is all it takes to exchange your contact information.

Plaxo

Plaxo remains the gold standard online contact-manager. Plaxo syncs with Outlook, Google, Yahoo and others, automatically updates contacts’ information, has an integrated task list, and keeps everyone in contact.

Sending your card is easy, and it works really well. Plaxo even has a FriendFeed-like feature called “Pulse”, where you can see what your contacts are doing around the Web. Actually, ‘Friendfeed-like’ is a misnomer, because Plaxo did it first. Plaxo’s a great utility, and becomes unbeatable when all your contacts use it.

No longer is the business card a tiny, index card-like thing you put in your wallet, sit on for a while, try to find, and painstakingly enter onto your computer. With any of the services above, bring your business card to the Web, and make the sharing of contact information even easier.

You do everything else online, right? Why not your business card?

How do you manage your contacts and business cards? Online or on paper?

  1. Online business card
    December 28, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Yep, thebcard.com is probably THE best place for a virtual business card.

  2. Kristjan
    November 11, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Traditional style business card online service: http://www.thebcard.com . It is a new service and feedback would be very much appreciated. - Kristjan (founder) http://www.thebcard.com/kk12

  3. Anthony McCain
    November 6, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I don't think BC are going to go away anytime soon, but I also beleve that there some awesome iPhone applications outhere that make it very simple to exchange business cards, so is the case of iBCard, I found this application on the App Store by accident, but it is the best so far, it actually lets you exchange the business card not just the information.

    I downloaded the app, expecting it to be just like the other apps, and gave it a try, I used alot, and when I go to a business meeting I recomend others to download it right there in the spot, it is very small and immediatelly they can start exchanging information with me, that is great.

  4. Gregg
    November 1, 2009 at 1:53 am

    I found a sweet link for these mini business cards http://cheaprint.com/shop/Business_Card_Minis

  5. arismawan
    August 17, 2009 at 9:34 am

    I also developed an online businesscard application with a lot of feature. you could found it here: cardxc.com. Try it,... its fun and easy yet powerful

  6. tabiji
    July 28, 2009 at 7:43 am

    These cards are ugly (except for Plaxo).

  7. E Commerce Web Development
    July 14, 2009 at 3:41 am

    Hi,This is a nice post.I did not use any one card of above.Now i will try to use Retaggr.Thanks

  8. Steve
    June 26, 2009 at 12:45 am

    You can bring your legacy business card into the web 2.0 world by posting it on TheCardBoard.net, an online business card bulletin board.

    There is a product out there called Mingle Stick which you can swap contact info by swiping two wands together. I too, do not see business cards going away (anytime soon).

  9. allcarvedup
    May 26, 2009 at 9:05 am

    uh...hate to break this to you, but honestly in all realms of business, business cards are still one of the best tools to have in your arsenal. I am constantly out and always end up giving out about a dozen business cards before the night is through. I make a lot of deals and make a ton of contacts this way. Maybe 1 in 100 times am I somewhere where someone actually mentions the use of a vcard/dcard of some type. And I am in the tech world.

    Most of the times that I have come across people using these digital cards is as a follow-up from a traditional business card or some person trying to promote THEIR online business card system...ha ha ha.

    But definitely still a good roundup of the services.

  10. Creative Business Cards
    December 4, 2008 at 2:06 am

    Interesting take on business cards.

  11. Tim James
    November 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Plaxo is a pain in the a**. I'm a Premium member (money wasted) and use to be able to send eCards to friends and family. Plaxo now has added an "extra hoop" for everyone to jump through just to read the card. Now, recepients click on a link to the eCard, which takes them to Plaxo Pulse, where they're invited to join Plaxo, all this -- before they see the card. I stopped using it.

    • Aibek
      November 30, 2008 at 8:59 am

      "...where they’re invited to join Plaxo, all this — before they see the card. I stopped using it."

      That really sucks! I am glad I never returned to them.

      As about above ones, I like the Retaggr one. I really like how neat it looks at the botoom of the emails.

  12. codyp
    November 29, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    I hate to tell you this, but business cards are not out dated. It may seem so in the business world. But in the consumer world, its far from it. Not everyone is electronically inclined as you make it. In fact most people I meet are very ignorant on how to use computers, or a cell phone beyond being a phone. I would use one of these services to compliment your business card, or vice versa. Unless you are dealing strictly with other business like people (even then you might be risking it). Besides do you really want to miss out on all those free lunch raffles?

    • David Pierce
      November 29, 2008 at 1:00 pm

      Codyp-

      Good point. I guess what I meant was that the technology behind business cards is outdated, and in a perfect world we'd have a better alternative. You're absolutely right, though- technology's only as useful as the people involved. And heck no, I don't want to miss lunch raffles!

      David

    • Mackenzie Morgan
      November 29, 2008 at 7:19 pm

      Plus, do you really want to be running around trying to find an access point so you can send your vCard? The last con I went to didn't have wifi, but I have real calling cards. It's much easier to just pull one out of your purse. Besides, my calling cards are pretty memorable, what with having my name in pink binary on the back ;)

  13. Mark O'Neill
    November 29, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    I've used Retaggr for ages which is great. Using the Better Gmail extension, I can insert the HTML into my Gmail address.

    I also scan and store other people's business cards in my Gmail address - I tag them, give the email a descriptive title, and give them the label "business cards" to find them easily again.

    • Mackenzie Morgan
      November 29, 2008 at 7:16 pm

      Oh, is that what that retaggr link in your emails is? I was kinda wondering why your emails all have that link but you don't have any real signature saying, for example, your name. I thought you were using a demo version of a mail client that inserted ads into the emails.

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