Exchanging business cards is standard protocol for most businesses.  But in an increasingly web and technologically based business world, digital business cards may be the next big thing.

As of now, there are over 20 products and services that allow people to exchange versions of digital business cards.  CNN technology lists their favorite 8 applications that may work for you:

  • Recent GradDubMeNow allows users to create a digital version of your personalized business card, showing off your tech-savvy side to a potential new employer.  The site allows you to share you mobile card via text or email, while your contact information is saved into the recipient’s address book and automatically updated whenever you make a change.  The site also saves where and when you met your contact, just in case you forget.
  • Budding Entrepreneur – BusinessCard2 lets users create and online card with a very professional appearance.  The card’s skin is sleek and has 3 tabs for potential clients to get to know you and your business.  One tab allows users to list their experience, while another lists your social networks.  The site also lets you embed your business card link in emails and/or on your blog.
  • Frequent Conference Call Attendee – CloudContacts is a site that does the dirty work of logging in all the new contacts info yourself.  The site scans, transcribes and connects your business cards on social networks, email services and CRM systems.
  • Technophobe – Utilizing a easy-to-use and free WordPress theme program is the best way for technophobes to manage their online identity. Simply download the program, upload a professional picture, add career-friendly social network profiles and you have your own landing page, where you control the content and people can access your information easily.
  • Tweet-Minded – Do you love Twitter? Well, TwtBizCard, can link your Twitter profile with a free personalized online business card.  Users can instantly start tweeting with the hash tag “twtbizcard” or add #twtbizcard to an @reply.
  • iPhone Addict – Applications like Bump and BeamMe allow users to exchange digital info seamlessly with other iPhone users.  SnapDat is another program, but this is the only one where you can send a digital image of your business card.  Users can choose from more than 40 designs or you can upload your company’s logo, as well as embed links to your social networking sites.
  • Social Network King or Queen – Retaggr, helps users create a professional business card that aggregates all your online identities.  Once the Retaggr profile is set up, users can customize an interactive business card which is a central location for your personal information, while also acting as a gateway to all of your online profiles and networks.
  • Those Who Miss Tamagotchis – Poken is quite popular overseas because it is the animal-shaped darling of the digital business card.  Poken allows users to wirelessly exchange contact information and social networks with other Poken users.

For more information about these amazing services, go to: http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/10/01/digital.business.cards/index.html

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