How We Ditched Carrying Around Business Cards

How We Ditched Carrying Around Business Cards

Emily Stears
Sep 9, 2011

Are you waging a battle against the bulge in your wallet from all those business cards you tote around. Here's a free app to use when attending meetings, business/social events, and while networking that will liberate you from

Cardcloud is available to anyone with a smartphone. It lets you share business cards instantly, and just like your phone, it's always in your pocket. You'll need to create an account by accessing the Cardcloud website. You compose your business card online and even upload an image or logo if you wish. You are then ready to share from phone to phone.

If the other person you want to connect with doesn't have the app, you can simply email your business card to them from your handset, which makes Cardcloud flexible for a variety of schmoozing occasions where business cards are usually doled our alongside drinks and forced smiles.

After sharing, stored on your "Cardcloud dashboard" you will have all your new contacts' information you would find on a regular business card, plus a GPS marker to remind you of the location where you first met this person. In addition, you can write notes on the back of the online business card to remind you of any important details, as well as adding tags and photos.

You can add your new contact to your phone address book or keep it separated. We like Cardcloud not only for it simplifying our contacts list, but also for the cost savings in printing costs, not to mention a few less tress cut down.

Dooid 3 is more of a progressive step when it comes to networking and connecting, taking into account many us now use social networkings as our calling cards. Dooid 3 pulls contacts from Gmail, Hotmail, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and of course, Facebook, and creates a QR code for your contact info for easy scan and share capabilities.

Another digital business card service alternative we discovered is There's a free version, but unfortunately it's not available to share between smartphones, making this a whole lot less useful than the Cardcloud option. Vistaprint is fully customizable with a website which permits users to upload logos, or choose from a design that matches your marketing materials; you can also add a photo as well as all of your company information. Essentially this is a mini-site creator for those unable or unwilling to host their own business website.

The Vistaprint business card is effectively a webpage with Facebook, Twitter and other share buttons so visitors can learn more about your business. The virtual business card is posted online under a generic URL for free, or you can customize the URL specific to your needs for a fee.

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