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Create a QR code with your contact info
Authored by: robleach on Dec 10, '12 06:29:06AM

I guess since my hint wasn't getting much love, Kirk never posted the third part of my hint, so I'll add it here as a comment... and besides, I have a couple other ways to improve it that I've figured out since then.

So being able to encode your contact info in a QR code is cool, but what do you do with the QR code after you've generated it? Of course, you could put it on a business card, but I don't know about you, but I don't carry business cards around with me all the time. What I do carry with me all the time is my phone and I discovered that you can scan a QR code off a phone screen just as easily as you can from paper or from a computer screen. Sure there's lots of ways to share your contact info, but you know, this is the only method I'm actually aware of that doesn't require a bunch of manual typing. You can post other methods in the comments, as I'm sure there are many.

So instead of just routing around in your photo album to find the QR code, I wanted to make access to the code really easy, so one method I decided to use was to add the link to the QR code that qrstuff gave me to my home screen! Then I created a QR folder and put my QR code readers and the contact info QR code in there. Viola! An easy way for me to give someone my contact info!

Now, if you're uncomfortable putting your contact info into qrstuff.com, I'm sure there are other ways you can do this, but the concept is the same: save a link to a QR code as an icon on your home screen. Another way you could do this is, you could actually store a vcard file on a server somewhere, such as in a dropbox, and then create a QR code that is for the link to that file. I've done this for ics calendar files, though note, like with my ics files, you may actually have to create a cgi script that prints header info that tells the client browser what to do with the file. Otherwise, it will just display the vcard (or ics) file as plain text in the browser for whoever scans the code. However, if you find a good QR code generator that you trust, you could just save the PNG and store that instead of the actual vcard in your dropbox and save the link to the PNG on your home screen.

Now, all you have to do when you want to share your info with someone is touch the contact info QR code icon on your home screen and have them scan it!

Rob



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