I hate business cards.
I like the whole getting someone’s contact information part of them, but the actual paper cards are the worst. Inevitably I always manage to lose the most important business cards I’m handed seconds after I receive them. If I do manage to make it home with them, they then get lost in the garbage fire that is my desk never to be seen again.
Forever ago LinkedIn had an app called CardMunch that would transcribe cards and let you request a connection with that person on the service. I loved it. Then they shut it down.
Since then my strategy has been to just snap a pic of a card with my phone the second I get it, that way there’s a backup if I lose it. This week I came across an app that is exceptionally similar to LinkedIns offering from years ago: ClusterCards 2.
The business card scanner lets you snap a pic of a card and then have that information transcribed and stored in a virtual rolodex of sorts on your phone.
Within the app you can tap on a person to call them or send an email, and a photo of that card will remain in the app, in case that instant transcription isn’t perfect.
Business cards can be kept separate from other contacts on your phone or synced into the Contacts section. They can also be exported to a VCF file.
If you’re like me, then snapping a pic with the app while you’re out and about can ensure you have that info for the long haul rather than just until you make it to the parking lot.