Introductions are not necessary Create an online business card with all your social profiles with Card.ly

Posted by maggie.hunsucker July 21, 2009

It’s hard to promote your digital self when all your sites, tools, and social media profiles add up.   That’s where Card.ly, the online business card, comes in.

Card.ly is an easy way to organize and market your contact information.  When you sign-up for the service, you get a Card.ly URL (e.g. http://card.ly/maggiehunsucker), which you can customize with Card.ly templates and your personal details.  There’s an area for a bio, your contact information, social networks, and your blog’s RSS feed.  All in all, Card.ly supports about 50 networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Digg, LinkedIn, Yelp, Delicious, and more.

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We see several ways a Card.ly comes in handy.  You can point your personal domain to Card.ly, include it as a link in your email signature, or publish on your real business card as an uncluttered and unobtrusive segue to your online presence.  You can also embed a Card.ly widget on your website or blog by cutting and pasting a line of code.

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Card.ly includes both free and premium accounts.  The premium account ($24.99/year) gives you access to additional card templates, unlimited RSS feeds, and is free of advertisements.  Of course, you also get a statistics panel with the premium version, so you can see who is clicking on your profile and referring sites – a small price to pay to know how people are finding you.

Your Card.ly includes a vCard icon, so users can import your Card.ly information into their contact management system.

Many people use social media to promote themselves and their business. However, no one is sure on business card etiquette when it comes to tools like Twitter and Facebook - Do you include them? Is it professional? Card.ly does a nice job of bridging the gap and gives you the ability to edit your profile if certain aspects of your online life change.

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