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How to get a Facebook or Google+ business card

FB ID Card

Is social media your primary tool for business? You may be interested in getting an identification card that looks like an official Facebook novelty item.

German artist Tobias Leingruber has created FB Bureau after recognizing how powerful networking over Facebook has become. The Facebook ID card comes with a profile picture of choice, though the example looks more like a passport photo, and of course, your name, username, birthday, gender, location and ID number. The card also has a Quick Response (QR) code so you can use a mobile device to scan and access a person’s profile on the go.

“With more than 800 million users Facebook is the dominant identity system on the web. When signing-up for new services around the open web it’s quite common to use Facebook Connect instead of creating a new user account,” the official FB Bureau site read. “Governments like Germany have released new passports that offer online identity checks as well, but they will likely never succeed with their technologies given the already existing structure of Facebook… a future where a Facebook Identity becomes more important than any governments’ doesn’t seem unrealistic.”

Could Facebook become so dominant that in the future, the government may rely on our profiles as official identification? That’s a big statement to make, and we’re not so sure people will be comfortable with electively combining their private lives so closely with government use… but at least everyone will be satisfied with their chosen ID photo. We’re also not so sure the site has received copyright consent from Facebook to monopolize on the logo.

Google IDNot long after Facebook ID cards appeared online, engineer Moritz Tolxdorff also announced that Google+ users can also get an ID card with the same concept, despite the fact that a recent research claims visitors only spend an average of three minutes on the social network. But if you have a Google+ account and want to get started with an ID card, you can generate your own right now with just your profile number, nickname and join date. The site will access your public information off your Google+ profile and create a PNG file for you to download and take to your preferred printing service. Since Facebook is primarily social and private, perhaps Google+ could be used for a more formal and professional setting especially since Facebook ID cards are still in the works and you can’t get them yet.

Timeline business cardIf you absolutely cannot wait and prefer a Facebook-themed ID card, United Kingdom-based Moo.com has been offering Timeline users a chance to print their creative profiles as business cards, featuring a thumbnail of their profile picture and the large cover photo. While the card does not come with a QR code, it is two sided so you can include additional contact information and more text on the flip side, such as a favorite quote or your personal slogan. A set of 50 Timeline cards from Moo will cost you approximately $15.50.

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