February 17, 2009 |
Some of the loyal Profy readers may remember CloudContacts, an innovative service that helps people use the business cards they collect at various events by processing them and putting them to a friendly web interface for you to use wherever you are and even to connect to your contacts on various social networks so that the contacts you make will actually work for you.
Until today the only way to have your cards processed by CloudContacts was to have them mailed to them but now the team is introducing a new approach to delivering your cards: by email. It works pretty simple: you can do it either with a mobile device (since there is no software download it can be any device provided that it has a camera and an email capability) or with any digital camera that you can make shots with to send them by email from any computer.
When you sign up for the service, you get a personalized email address that you will be able to send photos of your cards to to have them processed. This must be the best approach if you regularly attend various events and have a bunch of new cards every month – and this is exactly how CloudContacts will work: you can buy a plan from $5 per month depending on how many cards you want processed every month and email new cards as soon as you collect them. Your cards will typically be available to you in the CloudContacts interface within 24-48 hours as the team promises.
Quite understandably, to some people making photos of business cards and emailing them may look like involving more hassle than simply putting them in an envelope and mailing them to CloudContacts but there is a huge market that has not been served before today – that of international users who could not mail the cards back and force. Of course there is still one limitation applied to international users (promised to be lifted eventually) as the service is only available for business cards using Latin/Roman alphabet.
But still to a user like me who has piles of business cards from international events (all of them in English and some in French) and lives in Russia using CloudContacts to finally make business cards work now becomes a reality which it was not when mail was the only option. Honestly, no matter how patriotic I am I would never have trusted our Postal Service with all my business contacts and if you share my feelings and don’t live in the US, CloudContacts can now serve you without requiring your cards to be delivered physically to their office. All in all, it is good to see this clever and useful service progressing in the way that I did not even hope they would.
Disclaimer: CloudContacts has been a long-term sponsor of Profy.