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Saturday April 1st

Do you Poken?

Electronic business cards provide convenience

Electronic business cards are a groundbreaking communication technology for exchanging information that have experienced a rapid increase in popularity.

Since their U.S. premiere in January 2010, these “e-cards” enable a person to share contact information by bumping their personalized device with someone else’s.

Many people might be familiar with the iPhone’s “bump” exchange.

Poken, one of the global pioneers of this device, uses a similar technology.

Though the original Poken models were for teenage socializing, the world of professional networking was quick to adopt the device.

“I’m a Poken user myself,”said University Career Services Assistant Director Gary Alan Miller. “I like the interface. [When I login,] I see people chronologically by when I’ve met them so I know how old the contact info is.”

Miller predicts a continued growth in the device’s popularity, especially in fields where networking is common, such as marketing and communications.

But he said the ease of traditional business cards will likely ensure their continued use.

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