Who Needs Business Cards When You’ve Got Card.ly?

By Jimmy Rogers (@me)
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

cardlylogoNeed a quick way to share your important deets without a lot of lengthy links?  Having trouble printing up business cards because you don’t know what URLs to include?  Card.ly provides an interesting solution.

Card.ly allows you to quickly sign up and grab a unique “card.ly/username” address that links directly to your internet business card.  Think of it as a hub for all of your social networks and contact information.  By handing out your Card.ly link or embedding it on your website, users can visit your page at their leasure and choose how they want to follow you online.

I made a Card.ly page in about 10 minutes (shamelessly copying the needed information from my own website) and chose “JRogers” as my suffix because some people know me as Jimmy, some as Jim, and others as James.

Here’s what mine looks like:

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If you click the “About Me” tab, it attractively shifts the frame:

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While the web service is still clearly in beta, there are many available layouts for your Card.ly page.  Card.ly also apparently uses Gravatar, because it brought up my avatar as soon as I entered my email address.  It’s free to set up an account, but there is a pro version that promises more features.  Personally, I didn’t find the free version lacking anything I expected.

If you decide to try out Card.ly, come back and show off your page by pasting your unique URL in the comments section.

[via Jolie O’Dell at ReadWriteWeb]

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24 Responses to Who Needs Business Cards When You’ve Got Card.ly?

  1. ha! I'm totally older than you. :P I don't know why I get a kick out of that, but I do.

    http://card.ly/sampagan

    This site was a little confusing, I kept trying to add social network sites but it wouldn't add them. Is it my browser (chrome) or the site, I wonder? I'll have to try and add more later.

  2. I already use unhub.com – that actually has a header along the top with links to all your sites, and each thing in the hub loads in a frame below the header. Much better for if you want to hub all your sites together.

    I can see this taking off for the About page, though.

  3. I already use unhub.com – that actually has a header along the top with links to all your sites, and each thing in the hub loads in a frame below the header. Much better for if you want to hub all your sites together.

    I can see this taking off for the About page, though.

    • Busy and distracting?

      It puts a plain white header on the top of a page with an inline list of links to all your social networks that is always there, whatever network you are looking at.

      Surely it's far more distracting having to click 'back' every time you wanted to go to another network. And the designs of Card.ly are far more busy than the minimalist style of the Unhub header.

      Sure, you might not like it personally, but Unhub is far less distracting and busy than Card.ly, and that's a simple fact, not an opinion. Minimalist design with a few sparse links is far less busy and distracting. I did point out that the latter has more benefits, such as the About page, so please don't think I was talking Card.ly down at all.

      If anything, Unhub is the Google (in terms of simple-but-effective design only, not it's domination or anything) of the pair, not the Yahoo.

    • Busy and distracting?

      It puts a plain white header on the top of a page with an inline list of links to all your social networks that is always there, whatever network you are looking at.

      Surely it’s far more distracting having to click ‘back’ every time you wanted to go to another network. And the designs of Card.ly are far more busy than the minimalist style of the Unhub header.

      Sure, you might not like it personally, but Unhub is far less distracting and busy than Card.ly, and that’s a simple fact, not an opinion. Minimalist design with a few sparse links is far less busy and distracting. I did point out that the latter has more benefits, such as the About page, so please don’t think I was talking Card.ly down at all.

      If anything, Unhub is the Google (in terms of simple-but-effective design only, not it’s domination or anything) of the pair, not the Yahoo.

  4. ha! I'm totally older than you. :P I don't know why I get a kick out of that, but I do.

    http://card.ly/sampagan

    This site was a little confusing, I kept trying to add social network sites but it wouldn't add them. Is it my browser (chrome) or the site, I wonder? I'll have to try and add more later.

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