As a rule of thumb, if you want to get your name out there and continuously make connections when traveling or attending conferences, having a business card is your best bet. While there are a variety of ways to make your business card, the costs of making them can be pretty expensive and it kills a ton of trees. Why not send your business cards via the web or your mobile phone instead?
Retaggr is a nifty interactive profile card service. Create a new and unique way for people to not only email or call you, but also connect with you on social networks that you're active on. Promote your blog, work, and RSS feed all in the same space. Once your done creating your profile card, share it with friends via email or embed it in your blog.
211me is a funky and creative business card service. However, a key feature of 211me is being able to send your pre-made business cards to someone's mobile phone. If your phone supports v-card downloading, you can save the information from each business card sent to you. 211me gives users a ton of room to express themselves with their 211me cards by providing a great selection of customization options to choose from.
DropCard allows you to create both personal and business cards and send them via email from your cellphone. However, it's a little more limited than the previous services listed. For example, the number of services available to add to your card is short compared to 211me and Retaggr. Nevertheless, it makes up for what it lacks with it's nifty text messaging service and the option to add in your social network profiles manually.
The Future of Business Cards?
Business cards are exchanged left and right at conferences and tech gatherings all the time. However, how many cards do you keep up with? Will the fact that people can now send you such information to your cell phone or inbox drive you crazy or help you manage your contacts even better? I personally wouldn't want people emailing me such information. However, I wouldn't mind using these services to manage contacts in my cellphone, especially 211me. What do you think: could this be the future of business cards?