A simple Google search will clearly show that there is a wide variety of places to get electronic business cards. But should e-business cards even be used?
After reading an article at ReadWriteWeb by Sarah Perez about e-Business Cards in the real world, I am not so sure. To be perfectly honest, this isn’t a subject I’ve given a lot of thought to in the past. I’ve never personally used one or received one.
Perhaps it’s just because they do not accommodate the practicality of a simple old-fashioned printed card. This is a factor Perez mentions. "Exchanging paper cards is much faster than tapping away at a mobile phone, so there will be several times where you’ll be tempted to just break out the paper product if it’s at hand," she says.
She’s right. There are just too many variables with e-Business cards, and none of them I can think of point to reasons to use them unless you’re just trying to save paper and go green.
If you want to be in the recipient’s digital world, just include the info on your printed card. I’ve discussed this before. Include your social network contacts, and obviously your email address.
I don’t want to come off as totally anti-e-business card here. I don’t see anything wrong with having them as an option, but relying on them solely doesn’t seem like the wisest choice to me. Like I said though, I have never used them, and perhaps there are advantages that I am missing as a result. What are your thoughts on this?