Posted by: mindyrappoport | 07/09/2011

Text message business cards

Have you ever met someone at a party and wanted to give them your contact information but you didn’t have a business card with you at the time? Well, if you sign up with Contxts, you’ll never have that problem again!

What it is and how it works
Contxts is an online service and smart phone app that allows you to send and receive mobile business cards through SMS text messaging. When you register either on their website or through the smart phone app, you choose a username and enter in any contact info you want to appear on your SMS business card–email address, phone number, social network sites, and more.

Once you have saved your SMS business card, there are two ways to exchange it with someone that you meet.

To send your recipient your contact information
To send your SMS business card to someone, text “send theirnumberhere”, replacing “theirnumberhere” with your recipient’s 10 digit phone number. Shortly after, your recipient will receive your SMS business card.

To exchange information with each other
The person you want to send your SMS business card to texts “yourusername” to 50500, replacing “yourusername” with the username you registered on Contxts. Shortly after, you will receive a text message asking you to confirm that Contxts should send your SMS business card to your recipient (that is, unless you have turned this feature off). After confirming, your contact will be sent your information, and you will be able to save their number through the confirmation text message.

But why should I use it?
One of the reasons I love Contxts is that you don’t have to have a smart phone to use it; other apps, like Bump, can only be used on smart phones. But with Contxts, as long as you and your recipient each have a cell phone, you can exchange your information through standard text messaging services. I also appreciate that both parties don’t have to be registered with Contxts to exchange phone numbers, as explained in the previous section.

Final tips
After you have created your business card on Contxts, think about adding your username to your resume or website so that potential clients or employers can get in touch with you easily.

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Responses

  1. Dear diary,

    Jackpot!

    xoxo

  2. Also, if you have an iPhone, there are apps like Bump which allow an even easier transaction. If two people have Bump installed, all they have to do is take out their phones and bump their fists together and contact information is swapped.

    I also have a scanner tag (barcode) that I put in my emails and have ready for anyone to scan with their smartphone camera. It instantly adds a contact with my information in their contact list.

    Of course, the down side is considering what to do if the other person doesn’t have a smartphone. But then, that’s a growing problem.

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