How to Create Paperless Business Cards

1. SMS – While it’s true that almost everyone you meet is going to have a pocket to store your business card in, it’s also true that almost everyone you meet will have a cell phone as well — and they’re likely to be a lot less cavalier about losing, misplacing, or throwing away their phone than they are about your business card. The services below allow you to beam your business card via SMS text message to interested parties.

Contxts – Send and receive 140 character business cards via text message for free. 140 characters doesn’t seem like a lot, but it’s enough to include vital contact information (like name, business name, phone #, and email). See our previous review of Contxts here.

TextID – Meet someone new and tell them to text message your username to a short, six digit number. In return, they’ll receive your contact info via SMS. The service costs $19.95/month with 250 free texts.

DUB – Once you’ve created your business card on DUB’s web site you can then have it sent to other users by email or SMS simply by sending a text message to the DUB site. DUB actually could have fit into almost any of the categories in this section since it supports email, SMS, and they have iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile applications, as well as a web interface.

2. Mobile Web – MyNameIsE is essentially a mobile social network of business cards. The site collects together all of your social profiles into a virtual business card that is accessible via mobile web and iPhone-optimized web sites. When you meet a new contact, simply enter each other’s usernames and a connection is made.

Perhaps more interestingly, though, the people behind “E” have created a USB dongle called the E Connector (pictured above) that they plan to sell to trade show and conference organizers as a way for attendees to more easily share information. The dongle, which is about the size of the keyless entry keychain fobs used for automobiles, can automatically share contact information when it comes near another Connector.
3. Email – Why manually email your contact information to someone you’ve just met when you can tell your phone to do it for you? Check out the services below, which combine the ease and ubiquity of text messaging with the power of email to share your virtual business card with colleagues.

Dropcard is a lot like Contxts and TextID, but it’s focused on email. After you create a profile, anytime you meet someone you just text their email address to a special number and they’re emailed your virtual business card. Dropcard is free for up to 5 connections per month, but for heavy networkers, opt for the $9.99/month plan that allows you to send unlimited cards.

WeaveMet – WeaveMet is a similar service that lets you send your contact information to people you meet via email or text message. You simply instruct the service (via SMS) to email new contacts your information, along with a short note (like where you met).

4. iPhone – There are a number of great iPhone business card sharing applications available in the App Store, and we profiled a bunch of them last month. One of my favorites is beamME, which lets you create a vCard and send it to anyone you meet via email, mobile number, or even Twitter direct message. But check out last month’s roundup for a number of great options.

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