Exchange Business Cards Using Just Your Cell Phone

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Hey, remember business cards? I know, those went out with floppy disks, right? And yet there's still a need to swap contact info with people you meet at business events, airport bars, and so on.

Enter Dropcard, which uses your cell phone and text messaging to deliver the digital equivalent of a business card. Here's how it works.

Let's say you meet someone at a trade show. Instead of handing over your business card, which, let's face it, will probably get thrown away or forgotten, just ask for the person's e-mail address.

On your phone, create a new text message addressed to 77950. In the body, enter the person's e-mail. Hit Send and you're done! Your new compadre will receive an e-mail containing your contact info, IM addresses, Web sites, social-network links, and so on.

You can tailor your Dropcard profile to your liking, meaning you can include as much or as little contact info as you like. I particularly like the inclusion of a VCF attachment, as it allows the recipient to quickly create a new Outlook record.

Dropcard is free, but there's a premium version of the service ($4.99 monthly) that lets you attach a logos, images, files, and/or documents to your "cards" and gather statistics on them. But most people will get by just fine on the free version. It's an undeniably handy way to dispense with old-fangled business cards.

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