Apr 2, 2011

My digital footprint is a bar code?


I heard about people having their own "bar codes" a while ago, but laughed it off. I guess I just didn't know what I didn't know or perhaps was not ready for my own barcode. Today I was surfing around and saw Cybraryman's webpage and noticed a little barcode and underneath the barcode it said "QR Code for this page." I immediately wondered why someone would want their own barcode? Is it even possible to have your own bar code?

So I began to do a little research. First, I went to wikipedia and learned that a QR Code is short for "Quick Response" code (Wikipedia). Wikipedia claims that QR codes were initially used to track vehicles and are now very popular in Japan and South Korea and that it is slowly catching on in the west (Wikipedia). QR Codes store text, URLs, contact information, pretty much anything!

I went to Twitter and searched for #QRCodes and found some more information. Some people are using QR Codes for their resumes, business cards, and even making stickers of their codes to put on their laptops, brochures for conferences, etc.

It was time to try this out and see how I would use it and/or if I would even use it. I tried two code generators, Qurify and Kaywa, mostly because they were the top hits for my google search.

I added my url for this blog:
http://up2notches.blogspot.com/

Then clicked "create."

Here is what I got from Kaywa:

And my code from Qurify:



Strange, they really did look the same. Could this really work? So I grabbed my iphone and downloaded "QR Code Reader" (for free) and scanned my codes and my blog appeared!

I love it! I think I will be adding my QR Code to my blog (for sure) and to my business cards, and I am excited to print some stickers too!









5 comments:

Kim Wedman said...

Very neat! I have noticed codes appearing in various places as well over the past few months (in the Journal, at the store) and experimented with the Journal on my phone. Never did I think about making my own codes!!! Thank you for the wonderful idea - it is amazing! I love that you tried two different tools to see what the codes would turn out like!

Danielle Spencer said...

Ya I tried both because I was super skeptical...lol

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