Don’t feel like giving out your email address? How about a URL that anonymizes your email address? Contactify apparently does that, and uses a CAPTCHA to reduce spam. If you have your own blog on a self-hosted domain, however, I’m sure you can find a free form plugin. In fact, anyone that works online should really consider buying their own “FirstnameLastname.com”, or close variation, and using that on a Moo card. Now set up a contact form on your personal site’s “contact me”, “about”, or “services” page. Then anyone who needs to get hold of you can just use the contact form. What could be simpler? You don’t even need business cards in this case. If you don’t want to go to the trouble, then Contactify is a (supposedly) nice alternative. Of course, if you are ultra popular, you may get too much email disrupting your workflow. In which case, you may need to use an extreme email message classification system.
Visible Path announced a new, free version of its business networking service, for business professionals. Anyone with a company email address can start an individual or company network powered by Visible Path.
The free service, available in a beta, is built on a new technical foundation that incorporates Visible Path’s legacy of supporting private corporate networks and introduces features aimed at individual subscribers. In particular, subscribers can: Launch their private social network within minutes from www.visiblepath.com; Connect with other work colleagues; Invite close contacts outside their company into their network; Control their individual privacy settings; Scan relationship data from emails, contact cards, calendars and more; View â€œfirst degreeâ€ relationships ranked by relationship strength; Lookup contacts in a intelligent address book that aggregates contact information; Search for meaningful connections through the network to people theyâ€™d like to reach and; Request introductions or background info from people connected to people they want to reach.
Unlike most social networking sites and business networking communities, Visible Path is a service to help business people manage their real-life network and apply their network to their daily work. Visible Path applies unique social network algorithms that automatically rate relationship strength to drive new levels of success, efficiency and trust in professionalsâ€™ social networks. Connections are limited to contacts and colleagues that know each other well; introductions and requests are optimally routed through the strongest paths.