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Next week is Signal conference, and I’m pretty excited. It’s a personal trip/vacation, so my girlfriend and I are going to enjoy Napa and San Francisco while we’re out in California, and then I’m heading to Signal for a few days while she further gains bragging rights from exploring the city while I’m “stuck” at a conference. Little does she know, I’m going to be a kid in a candy store with all of the crazy smart speakers and awesome content. It’s also going to be a great event to meet new friends and peers, so I thought it would be a good idea to pick up some business cards just in case. You know, the almost required business greeting ritual of exchanging cards that I generally think is unnecessary, but do it anyways.

My physical business cards didn’t turn out so well. They were cut wrong, so text was off-centered and pushed out of view. The edges were frayed because the stock was too thick and the cutting wasn’t clean. Not happy. So, I did some clean up and shrunk the design, switched to thinner stock, and re-ordered with rush shipping in hopes they’ll arrive before I leave (and be usable.) Even before this problem, I had built into my business card a message to “Text hi to 614-682-7015” because I thought it was a unique way to share my contact info (although not really original.) Now that my physical cards were questionable, it was more of a necessity.

So, what does it do and how does it work?

1) If you text “hi” to my number, it uses NextCaller to send me your info (in a very ugly array dump via email ) and responds with a welcome message.

2) If you text “pic” it will send you my Gravatar profile image, in case you forget exactly who I am and want to jog your memory (which is likely easy to do when meeting so many people!)

3) If you text “vcard” it will send my vCard to your phone, and you can add me into your contacts.

While my code is relatively dirty, it’s a pretty quick and easy way to get up and running with your own Twilio powered contact card. And if you’re heading to the conference without cards, this might be a good option for you! Customize away, and I’ll see you at Signal!

 

https://github.com/plabbett/twilio-sms-vcard-example

 

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