Samuel Murray wrote:
Different business cards require different software to use it. Take vCard, for example -- I don't have a vCard reader, so it's useless for people to attach a vCard file to their e-mails when sending me mail. It would have been better if they simply had a descriptive signature.
I recently saw two people try to exchange business cards using their cellphones. If they had paper business cards, they would have exchanged it in 5 seconds. But each couldn't get his cellphone to communicate with the other's, and the entire business card exchange took more than 5 minutes even though they were 5 meters away from each other.
I agree completely with you, Samuel. An informative signature at the end of an e-mail is very often the very best solution, can be read properly by any recipient and they don't have to worry about any software.
Your example with the communication between two mobiles is simply great. And often you know better after 3 months where you have put the paper business card rather than wher to find that file on your mobile, or the vCard file on your computer etc. There's a good saying for this in Germany (that's what we say when people get too complicated): "Why make it easy when there's a more complicated solution?"