CardMunch Takes the Work Out of Adding LinkedIn Contacts
If you’re on the road frequently and swapping business cards, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all the people you’ve met. Manually entering information is a pain and holding on to those business cards isn’t exactly efficient, either. Enter CardMunch, which comes direct from none other than business social media site LinkedIn. Is it worth the download? Here’s the quick rundown …
The process is simple — Download the app and snap a photo of the business card. But here’s where it gets interesting: CardMunch doesn’t work via optical recognition software; instead, users wait for the business card to be processed for them via the LinkedIn team.
At the time of writing this, it’s been about 10 minutes and I still haven’t gotten my card transcribed. It’s likely LinkedIn’s staff is overwhelmed with processing all the information, especially since the app debuted Nov. 11, 2011. But for those not in a rush, LinkedIn boasts its “improved card capture experience [with] manual transcription [will] ensure high accuracy for scanned cards,” making it super easy to jump from contact to actual connections on LinkedIn.
But that’s pretty much where the magic ends. I don’t recommend using CardMunch as a replacement for optical character recognition, but if you have a bunch of business cards you need to input, snapping 15 photos and waiting until the morning is definitely less stressful then a half hour of manual entry. When all your contacts are finally processed, you’ll get a pop-up notification. If you’re a LinkedIn junkie, you’ll be happy with the application, but for others it may serve as nothing more than a digital Rolodex.