February 08, 2007 |
Plentitude of online and offline personal and contact information makes it necessary for us to manage it efficiently. While the plentitude of contact information management solutions requires management of the solutions themselves. A newly launched Txtms is another solution in this row – fun and easy to use and definitely web 2.0. But would anyone really use it?
So after registering for a free account you will be able to create your virtual business card – limited to 160 mobile characters and a photo to share. You will also need to verify your mobile phone to enable exchanging of profiles. So when you want someone to receive your information, you ask them to send SMS with your user ID to firstname.lastname@example.org. The service will recognize your account and send your information to the person's cell phone (your personal settings are also taken into account).
It sounds simple and it really is simple but is it actually user-friendly? I have strong doubts about that. First, I would need to remember my user ID with Txtms – while I can easily forget it, I know – I usually rely on my browser to remember the logins and passwords to multiple accounts I have online. And I would not really want to spell the ID to people over the phone or face-to-face – remember how disappointing it was to spell your email and never receive the message you waited for? And the second concern is how serious it can actually be. What the promise is “Free unlimited business cards ready to exchange”. BUT I believe sometimes you simply prefer the old paper ones – well, you would not ask a business partner to send a strange SMS to get your card, would you?