The Unofficial Apple Weblog recently posted an article about Five Applications for the Conference-goer. One of them stood out and its free!
Contxt is a service that acts as a digital business card and the basic features of free for this service. Well, technically freemium. Freemium means that it’s basic features are free, but more premium features cost money.
Read more after the break!
How it works:
(1) Iggy P, the social worker, signs up for the service, providing basic sign-up information (name, e-mail address, phone number)
(2) Iggy specifies what information he wants to give out to people. In this case, I want to give out my name, website address, email address and phone number.
(3) Iggy meets people at a conference. Too cool for school (and pen and paper), Iggy tells his new pals to send a text to 50500 with his username (in this case “iggypsw” for “Iggy-P-the-Social-Worker”). A few seconds (or minutes) later, they receive a text message with the information I want them to have.
(4) Everybody’s happy!
Two small problems:
(1) I told my girlfriend (who’s a graphic designer/artist) about context and she signed up. Apparently, once you pick your username, there’s no way to change it so keep it short, simple, catchy, and if possible, fun
(2) God help you if you have an accent (e.g. á, é, á, í, ó) in your name. The system only plays nice with characters that are: a-z, A-Z, 0-9 , . ! ? and will not send your cards (at time of publication) to your recipients if it sees anything funky (e.g. | and ø). So use only letters, numbers, and standard punctuation.
Go ahead and try it out: text “SocialWorkTech” to 50500. It’s free (standard text messaging rates apply).