We all know the scenario, you just got back from your gathering of professionals and you want to connect with all of the people that you met. So you pull out your stack of cards and you go through your social network of choice searching for each one by one. Or, you were at an event and ran out of cards, or forgot them, which happens a lot to me. Fear no longer, Contxts is here to help!

Instead of giving your new friend your printed business card how about you, save a tree and, txt them your virtual one. This action automatically places them in your online contact list and if they have a profile on you both are connected. There are two ways to connect with another person. Regardless of whether they have a profile on contxts or not you can exchange your credentials.

From your phone, you txt “send 3034759204” to 50500 (where 3034759204 is your recipients 10 digit number): Your recipient will receive all of your contact information.


Your contact txts “username” to 50500 on their phone: You will receive a request confirmation (unless you have it turned off). Upon accepting, your contact will receive your information.

Your txt business card is not just an exchange of credentials. It’s also a request to connect profiles through our network. Each and every contact that you make is added to your virtual rolodex. From here you get access to whatever additional information they provide (flickr, twitter, linked-in).If the person that you are connecting with doesn’t have a profile yet – no problem. When they do create a profile all of their information in your rolodex is automatically updated.

Want to give it a try? Get my info by texting SWISSMISS to 50500.

(via jason santa maria)

11 Comments leave a comment below

  1. This is amazing!

  2. “From your phone, you txt “send 3034759204” to 50500”

    I wonder why you can’t txt “send username” to send it to the recipient. They’re already using usernames for the inverse function and it’d be easier than remembering the phone number of someone you just met.

  3. This seems great, though. Nice to see something come out of Denver.

  4. Why didn’t Linkedin build this?
    (Ok I’ll stop commenting now)

  5. Great idea. Sadly it looks like that this just works with a “10 digit us number”. So only in the US of A. How do they say on their site: “Business cards are so 2007.” Looks I need to stay there for a while…

  6. It works! (baltimoreprints is now on there) but unfortunately, to ‘save the vCard’, you need their app too.

    Close, so close!

  7. Pieratt: Yes, why didn’t LinkedIn build this? My thought exactly.

  8. Brilliant!!
    **SwissMiss, this is another way of going PAPERLESS!!

  9. Here, they made a site named ‘me adiciona’ (add me). Your username (accessed by http://site/username) can contain all your social information and it provides links to almost every social service they found scattered through the internet (and ask you if it’s not listed). Not quite made for professionals, but it’s a way of sharing all social networks information easily :)

  10. Signed up, but it doesn’t yet work in Canada.

  11. Neat idea, but somewhat broken execution. I was able to get the userid I wanted, but when I tested it out I got someone else’s business card. Apparently they don’t actually check that new userids are unique!