How To Send Your Digital Business Card via Text Message (US Only)

contxtslogo thumb   How To Send Your Digital Business Card via Text Message (US Only) Do you want to make friends or business contacts but don’t have a business card? Do you want to find another way to be a little more eco-friendly? Contxts is a great solution for both of these questions. Contxts lets you send your business card via mobile phone text message (SMS). This is not only amazingly cool, but it is also really useful. It is always nice to have good ole fashioned business cards, but in a digital age, digital business cards are that much cooler.

Setup

Signing up for an account is painless and only takes a second. Just put in your name, number, username and email, and you’ve got an account. Once you have your login information, you will need to fill out your “business card.”

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As you can see, it’s very easy to set up your digital business card. You have 140 characters to provide as much information about yourself as possible. If you are familiar with Twitter, putting all your information in a simple 140 characters will be extremely simple and easy. I did find that my title and company weren’t coming through in the text message, but they could easily be placed within the body of the text message.

How it Works

contxt2   How To Send Your Digital Business Card via Text Message (US Only)In order to send out your card, you just need to get someone to text your username to 50500.  My username is KyleJ, so if you want to see it in action, just text KyleJ to 50500.  You also have the option to receive a text when someone has requested your business card.  This is a great way to remember who got your business card after a long night on the town.

If you are at a conference (for example) and someone asks for your card, you can also send your digital business card to their phone.   Just ask for their mobile number (in this example, it will be “3034759204″) then text from your phone, send 3034759204 to 50500 .   The other person will then get your card details on their phone.   The other advantage is doing it this way is that you will now be on their mobile phone contact list.

Your Profile

contxt1   How To Send Your Digital Business Card via Text Message (US Only) This is one area where Contxts is a little lacking. There are options to fill out your information for other social networks, but they don’t appear on your digital card or on your site profile. This may just be due to Contxts being in alpha, but it is a feature that I would really like to see.

There is also a section for adding contacts. This would be a great feature, as I see this digital business card idea taking off, especially in very technical circles and areas of the country. It would be great to keep all of your technical contacts together on this website. However, this feature is still under construction.

Conclusion

Contxts is a great service as is. It is extremely easy to use and gets the job done when you don’t have one of the old business cards lying around. However, the lack of other services makes me a little sad, but it’s only because I see the potential there. I really think everyone should go out and make their own digital card. It’ll come in handy one day. I just know it.

Do you agree? Is this a service you see yourself using? Or can nothing replace the good old cardboard business cards? Maybe online digital cards are the way of the future and SMS cards are just a fad? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Nathan Mylott

This service sounds terrible. Why would you want to rely on somebody else to do a special technique to get your info? You want to be sure they get it and you don’t want to make them work for it. Plus this is all just plain text and you can’t put social networks on it.

Use http://www.mydropcard.com. Instead of asking somebody to send a particular username to a particular number, with Mydropcard, you do it yourself. You send the recipient’s email address in a text message yourself from your own phone. The person automatically gets emailed all your contact info and a vcard to add you to their contacts is attached to the message. You can put your social networks on it and any web address you want, as many as you want. So if your social network isn’t supported, just put the url on it.

You can put as much information on it as you want and even include a personal message for each person you send it to. You can set up separate cards for business and personal info.

It’s all free or if you want to include file attachments and your logo with it, you can do that for $6 a month.

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Kyle Judkins

I think that getting the information immediately to their phone has some value. Emailing your information is great, but they won’t see it until that get to their computer.

The great part of texting your information is how they immediately get the information. I think this adds value, but maybe it’s just me.

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Nathan Mylott

certainly instant delivery has a lot of value. But this is 2008, how can you possibly assume they won’t get their email until they get to their computer? How many Blackberry, Windows Mobile, G1 and iPhone users are out there that get their mail in full html on their phone? Email is as good as a text message for me on my Q9c, especially if it is sent to my Exchange account at work. If you want them to instantly have your basic info, send them a text message with your email address. Then bam they have your phone number and email. Or if they’re a respectable professional, you can text Dropcard and in a minute they’ll have all your info on their email on their phone. Most professionals have a smartphone now, along with a lot of consumers. And even most dumbphones now have an email client.

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Nathan Mylott

I typed out a reply to this. Did it not show up?

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Nathan Mylott

I found out about Mydropcard on Makeuseof, yet I don’t see it in the related posts.

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Tsudohnimh

I’ve been using Mydropcard.com for several months now and it offers several features that don’t seem to be available Contxts. I much prefer sending the SMS message myself just text their email to 41411 and it will send your dropcard. You can specify business and personal cards and their shortcuts make texting even easier. They also have an iphone URL. I’m sure Contxts is a great service but I’d encourage folks to check out Mydropcard.com

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Jandk061105

These are not business cards…these are something I could easily type up and save to my phone and text for free!!!
We are also offering digital business cards that you can text or email to potential clients/customers, but with ours you can add your own custom logo, plus are cards can also be converted very easily to Event cards, Appointment reminder cards, and coupon/specials cards that can also be text. If you are looking for an actual business card that is just in digital format so it can be text and/or emailed…check out our website egregate.com…only costs $17.95, one time fee, no membership required, and you have unlimited use.

Thanks for your time!!!