Card.ly merging with BusinessCard2

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Hot news from Card.ly. This one of the most successful .ly start-up so far seems to be acquired or taken over by BusinessCard2.com.

Below goes their today's announcement:

Dear card.ly User,

Card.ly is now part of BusinessCard2.com!

Over the months to come, we plan to integrate card.ly into BusinessCard2. The result will be the largest and most capable network of web-enabled business cards on the planet. Before any changes occur, we wanted to alert you to the integration plan.

90-day plan:
1. Your card.ly profile will resolve to your current domain. For example, your card.ly address card.ly/name will remain as is during this transition.

2. By October 1, 2010 you will be automatically supplied with a BusinessCard2. In most cases your card.ly name will also be found at name.businesscard2.com.

3. Your card.ly login credentials and password will remain the same at card.ly during the transition.

4. Your BusinessCard2 user name will be your email address. For security purposes you will need to create a new password with BusinessCard2.

5. The integration of card.ly to BusinessCard2 will conclude November, 2010.

Frequently asked questions:
Q: Why are card.ly and BusinessCard2 joining forces?
A: Both services have a vision for a business card for the internet. Bringing card.ly and BusinessCard2 together will make for a stronger offering and better product.

Q: Will my information be safe and secure?
A: Yes. We are committed to protecting your information and respecting your privacy.

Q: How do you plan to communicate changes to my account?
A: Before changes are made, we will notify you by email.

Q: Where can I find out more about BusinessCard2?

A: You can learn more here: http://businesscard2.com/learn-more

Q: What costs are involved?

A: Businesscard2 is free, so your account will remain free. If you pay for your account at card.ly, you will no longer be charged (note: similar paid features may not be available at BusinessCard2).

What you can expect:
During this transition period, your card.ly account will be unaffected. In November 2010 your card.ly account will become a BusinessCard2. Not all design elements of card.ly will be immediately available in BusinessCard2, but we are soliciting your ideas and suggestion for popular features you'd like to also see available in BusinessCard2.

BusinessCard2 advantages:

- Improved search engine optimization
- Card sharing on websites
- More organic traffic
- Free storage of more than 40 types of files
- Fully YouTube-enabled
- Available in both HTML and Flash
- Works on iPhone and iPad browsers
- And much, much more!

We value your ideas and feedback. Please submit questions and ideas to us at http://businesscard2.com/feedback.

Sincerely,

The BusinessCard2 Team

Lief Larson - http://lieflarson.businesscard2.com

Tanner Thompson - http://tanner.businesscard2.com

Kurt Menne - http://kurt.businesscard2.com

Jereme Allen - http://jereme.businesscard2.com

And the second mailing with press-release:

Workface buys Card.ly
businesscard2 | September 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/peHBR-2p

First covered by TechCrunch this morning, it's official that Workface Inc. has acquired Card.ly.

Card.ly is now part of BusinessCard2. Over the months to come, we plan to integrate Card.ly into BusinessCard2. The result will be the largest network of web-enabled business cards on the planet. Before any changes occur, we wanted to alert you to the integration plan.

90-day plan for current card.ly users:

1. Card.ly profiles will resolve to their current domains. For example, your Cardl.y address http://cardly.com/name will remain during this transition.
2. By October 1, 2010 all Card.ly users will be automatically supplied with a BusinessCard2. In most cases, your URL name will be found at http://name.businesscard2.com.
3. Your Card.ly login credentials and password will remain the same during the transition.
4. Your BusinessCard2 user name will be your email address. For security purposes you will need to create a new password.
5. The integration of card.ly to BusinessCard2 will conclude November, 2010.

Frequently asked questions:
Q: Why are Card.ly and BusinessCard2 joining forces?
A: Both services have a vision for a business card for the internet. Bringing Card.ly and BusinessCard2 will make for a stronger offering.

Q: Will my information be safe and secure?
A: Yes. We are committed to protecting your information.

Q: How do you plan to communicate changes to my account?
A: Before changes are made, we will notify you by email.

What you can expect:
During this transition period, your Card.ly account will be unaffected. As of November 2010 your Card.ly account will become a BusinessCard2. Not all design elements of Card.ly will be immediately available in BusinessCard2, but we are soliciting your ideas and suggestion for popular features you’d like to also see available in BusinessCard2.

BusinessCard2 advantages:

* Improved search engine optimization and directory services
* Ability to share your business card on select websites and social media
* Upload and store more than 60 file types
* Fully YouTube-enabled
* Available in both HTML and Flash
* Works on iPhone and iPad browsers
* And much, much more!

We value your ideas and feedback. Please submit questions and ideas to us at http://businesscard2.com/feedback.

Thank you,
The BusinessCard2 Team
PRESS RELEASE:

Workface buys card.ly

MINNEAPOLIS (September 1, 2010) –Workface Inc. completed its purchase of card.ly from Massachusetts based Harkness labs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition will help Minneapolis-based Workface bring its technology to a larger user base.

Card.ly was launched in 2009 by serial entrepreneur Dan Blake, who also created the wildly popular video chat service, Tinychat. “Card.ly is a great service and it has tens of thousands of incredible users,” said Blake. “With the success of Tinychat we haven’t put more work into card.ly, but I thought it was important to find a good home for the service because I’m fully behind the need for an Internet business card.”

In 2007 Workface released BusinessCard2®, a rich interactive business card for the Internet. The company has been operating BusinessCard2 as an ongoing concern ever since. “Even in this challenging economy, we have been blessed to find opportunity and growth with BusinessCard2,” said Larson. “Our mission is to digitally interface business people with customers in a way that preserves the human condition and card.ly allows us to further that mission.”

At this time card.ly users will be unaffected, but Workface plans to integrate card.ly into BusinessCard2 in the months to come. “We’re very excited to bring these two services and visionary users together into a single, larger offering,” said Larson. “The result will be the leading network of interactive, web-enabled business cards on the Internet today.”

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About Workface Inc.
Workface Inc. was founded in 2006 with the vision of humanizing the Internet and powering localized and relevant 1:1 real-time engagement. The company’s Workface® platform is customer engagement software that enables businesses to empower their sales and service force to digitally engage directly with customers on their corporate and third-party websites, search engines and mobile, in real-time. More information: http://workfaceinc.com.

About BusinessCard2
BusinessCard2 is a self-marketing tool designed to empower business people to create, promote, and broadcast their unique persona throughout the Internet. It is an open business tool that features improved identity-level search engine optimization, the ability to share business cards on select websites and social media, uploading of more than forty different file types, and engagement through messaging and live chat. More information: http://card2.com.

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  2. Looks like them may phase out card.ly domain and use card2.com. From the marketing point of view, it probably means a suicide. We shall see.

    Dear Card.ly User,

    As you may already know, Card.ly is becoming a part of BusinessCard2.com!

    In November we will merge the two services. We are excited to bring you the largest and most capable network of web-enabled business cards on the web.

    After soliciting great feedback from you (existing Card.ly users), several popular features from Card.ly will be introduced into BusinessCard2 when your account moves over. This will ensure that your new BusinessCard2 account will have all the amazing features you’ve come to expect from Card.ly, along with some powerful new ones! Below are details on those features:

    Themes:
    Premium BusinessCard2 members will be able to choose from various themes to customize their account! These dynamic themes will completely change the appearance of your account, letting you personalize the way your profile tells your story.

    Feeds:
    When your account switches over, you will also have your existing Card.ly streaming feeds integrated into your card and profile page in BusinessCard2 as well.

    Short URL:
    Another popular request we received was for shorter URLs. For this reason we’ve introduced the “card2” domain! This will allow users to use “card2.com” (ex: USERNAME.card2.com) in their profile URL instead of the longer “businesscard2.com.” (ex: USERNAME.businesscard2.com) Existing Card.ly addresses will continue to work as well, directing traffic to your new BusinessCard2 profile.

    In addition to all these great features, you’ll also benefit from the standard BusinessCard2 features already in place, such as improved search engine optimization, portable card sharing on external websites, free file storage and interactive features like video and chat.

    We are close to halfway through the 90 day integration plan, and are on track to finalize the merging of Card.ly and BusinessCard2 in November. Before the switch happens, we will send you advance notice of the date when the Card.ly service will change to BusinessCard2.

    As always, we continue to value your input. Please let us know if you have any feedback, ideas or questions.

    Sincerely,

    The BusinessCard2 Team

  3. 18 month on, and now BusinessCard2 with Card.ly are now merging with WorkFace:

    BusinessCard2 is combining with Workface!

    BusinessCard2 Card and the Workface Profile

    BusinessCard2 is pleased to announce that we’re combining forces with Workface, the revolutionary customer engagement platform. The Workface Profile has many of the same great features as your BusinessCard2 account, with the added ability for people to initiate real-time text, audio or video chat with you directly from your Profile! We’re proud to be a part of this ground-breaking new technology. We can’t wait for you to experience it for yourself, and are working very hard to make this transition as smooth as possible for our loyal BusinessCard2 users.

    So what happens to all your BusinessCard2 related material? Glad you asked! Here’s a brief rundown of where things will be moved to:

    Your Card will be automagically converted to a Workface Profile.
    Your login credentials will remain *exactly* the same.
    Your Profile Page will be moved for you. For example: http://lieflarson.businesscard2.com to http://www.workface.com/e/lieflarson
    I told you this would be brief.

    I’m sure you still have some questions. In fact, here are some answers to frequently asked ones:

    Q: Why is BusinessCard2 combining with Workface?
    A: Workface Inc is the parent company of both BusinessCard2 and Workface. The Workface Profile is the natural evolution of BusinessCard2. Both products offer the same visibility potential, but only Workface offers the ability to have realtime text, audio and video chat. By combining the two, it allows you to have an even more impactful presence on the web!

    Q: When is everything getting switched over?
    A: January 15th, 2012. In addition, BusinessCard2 links will be set to redirect to Workface.

    Q: Is my information secure with Workface?
    A: Absolutely. We are 100% committed to protecting your information and respect your privacy. Since Workface Inc has always been the parent company of both products, your information isn’t actually changing hands at all.

    Q: What costs are involved?
    A: None. A Workface Profile is free, and many of the paid features from BusinessCard2 are included at no additional cost. For those that are currently paying for advanced BusinessCard2 features, we will be communicating with you through an additional email on how we will transition your credits.

    Q: I can’t wait! Where can I learn more about Workface?
    A: Sweet! We’re glad you’re as excited as we are! You can learn more about Workface at http://www.workface.com

    We’re looking forward to you discovering the excellent features Workface has to offer. If you have any questions or comments on this transition, we would love to hear from you. You can reach us at http://workface.com/contact

    Thank you for your support,

    Lief Larson
    CEO, Workface Inc

    BusinessCard2 is combining with Workface
    BusinessCard2 Card and the Workface Profile
    Just a friendly reminder that your BusinessCard2 account will be transitioned over to a Workface account on January 15, 2012. No worries though: we’re doing all the heavy lifting for you, so don’t worry about having to make any changes in your account.

    If you want to get a jump on things, then we encourage you to go ahead and create a Workface account now (it’s totally free). This way, you can have things all nice and cozy for when the big move happens.

    So again, thanks for being a loyal BusinessCard2 user. We look forward to you seeing all the amazing new features a Workface account will bring to you.

    The very brief BusinessCard2 transition FAQ
    Q: Why is BusinessCard2 combining with Workface?
    A: Workface Inc is the parent company of both BusinessCard2 and Workface. The Workface Profile is the natural evolution of BusinessCard2. Both products offer the same visibility potential, but only Workface offers the ability to have realtime text, audio and video chat. By combining the two, it allows you to have an even more impactful presence on the web!

    Q: When is everything getting switched over?
    A: January 15th, 2012. In addition, BusinessCard2 links will be set to redirect to Workface.

    Q: Is my information secure with Workface?
    A: Absolutely. We are 100% committed to protecting your information and respect your privacy. Since Workface Inc has always been the parent company of both products, your information isn’t actually changing hands at all.

    Q: I can’t wait! Where can I learn more about Workface?
    A: Sweet! We’re glad you’re as excited as we are! You can learn more about Workface at http://www.workface.com

    If you have any questions or comments on this transition, we would love to hear from you. You can reach us at http://workface.com/contact

    Thank you for your support,

    Lief Larson
    CEO, Workface Inc

    BusinessCard2 is now Workface
    BusinessCard2 Card and the Workface Profile
    Just a friendly reminder that your BusinessCard2 account has been transitioned over to a Workface account. No worries though: we’ve done all the heavy lifting for you. Simply head to Workface.com and log in with your BusinessCard2 credentials.

    We want to thank you for being a loyal BusinessCard2 user. We look forward to you taking advantage of all the amazing new features a Workface account brings to you.

    The very brief BusinessCard2 transition FAQ
    Q: Why has BusinessCard2 combined with Workface?
    A: Workface Inc is the parent company of both BusinessCard2 and Workface. The Workface Profile is the natural evolution of BusinessCard2. Both products offer the same visibility potential, but only Workface offers the ability to have realtime text, audio and video chat. By combining the two, it allows you to have an even more impactful presence on the web!

    Q: When did everything switch over?
    A: As of January 15th. All BusinessCard2 links will be set to redirect to Workface.

    Q: Is my information secure with Workface?
    A: Absolutely. We are 100% committed to protecting your information and respect your privacy. Since Workface Inc has always been the parent company of both products, your information isn’t actually changing hands at all.

    If you have any questions or comments on this transition, we would love to hear from you. You can reach us at http://workface.com/contact

    Thank you for your support,

    Lief Larson
    CEO, Workface Inc

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