From About.me’s Intro to Olocode Plus and beyond, plenty of developers have encouraged users to ditch traditional business cards, in favor of digitally sharing their contact information with the world. BridgeX is another new contender in the arena, which has officially launched on iOS and Android devices.
BridgeX allows users to create their own custom contact cards, sharing as much or as little information with the app as they’d like. This includes the expected information, like phone numbers and email addresses, but also supports sharing one’s social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat and WhatsApp.
Once the card has been created, users can share it with the people the app finds nearby, or with others via text message (which takes users to a Web app). Users can create multiple cards for their profile, relating to specific encounter types or relationships. For instance, you may not want to send a new business contact your complete Facebook or Snapchat details, but would be willing to share those accounts with a personal friend.
Users can add others as friends, with any changes made to a card being updated in real-time across all BridgeX contacts.
In a statement, Bruce Youm, CEO and co-founder of BridgeX, commented on the app:
The way we still share contact information is outdated and inefficient. We fumble with our phones to type in names and email addresses, and it’s painful to search through all the social media networks every time you meet someone new. When I was serving as a university senator at Columbia, I found it difficult to share contacts and follow up on the social media sites with the countless people I was meeting every day. We created BridgeX to make that process as easy as possible by simply pushing your chosen connection points to others using the smartphone in your pocket.