Virtual Business Cards

I hate business cards, they clutter up my desk and I never use them. I started adding them to my Outlook Contacts and throwing them away, which is what I think the entire business world does these days. But why kill the trees and go through the ma…

I hate business cards, they clutter up my desk and I never use them.  I started adding them to my Outlook Contacts and throwing them away, which is what I think the entire business world does these days.  But why kill the trees and go through the manual process of entering this into Outlook (or scan them with one of those nifty business card scanners). 

I heard about Bump from a friend of mine, and installed it set it up, and have anxiously awaited the moment I can exchange a business card with someone virtually. After having this application installed for 2 years it has never happened.  I’ve asked numerous times and either the other person doesn’t have bump or they use another solution. Looking in the app store there are hundreds of business card apps from scanners to virtual solutions. 

What we really need is an application that talks the formats of everyone else’s sync process, or better yet a large player coming out with a solution that gets immediate adoption.  There are only really two companies that could pull this off, Google or Apple.  While I know integrating this feature into the iPhone would be awesome, I also know that I still see a ton of blackberries, windows mobile and android phones at conferences and this would be an apple only solution. Google is the best choice; it can be an extension of Google contacts and platform independent.

I’m still waiting or if someone knows of a great solution people actually use, let me know! 

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