FINDING A PEN PAL ONLINE

A reader described himself as “an over-the-hill guy” who remembers having a pen pal in his youth and he liked it. It was great fun, he said, but how would he find pen pals these days? Well … PenPalParty.com has international pen friends. You can specify adults who speak English, are over a certain age, or use any criteria you like, by going to penpalparty.com/lookforpals.html. You could also go to favorite websites, such as your favorite newspaper or magazine. If there’s a topic you’re interested in, comment on it and include your email address so people can write you back. When Joy was in her 20s, she loved the pen pals she met through “Single Booklovers,” which still exists at […]

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TEAMCHAT

If you’re in a big company, how do you communicate with thousands of employees? Some, such as the ride-sharing service Flywheel, an Uber competitor, are using “TeamChat.” In Mumbai, the police force uses it to communicate with officers. It’s a messaging service for an unlimited number of participants. The party of India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, used it to rally the vote and he won in a landslide. TeamChat  is from the same people who made Elance, a website for freelance workers.  It’s a chat service for an unlimited number of people and works by organizing and summarizing messages to make them easier to read. The service is free, but premium extras have fees. More info at TeamChat.com.

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HUMIN HELPS YOU REMEMBER NAMES

Humin is a free iPhone app that remembers contacts the way you remember them, which is not necessarily by name. If you tap “met this month,” you’ll see just those contacts. Or you might remember they live in Texas, and see just those contacts. The app gives you details, like where they went to school. (Bob is thinking of getting business cards that say “Some guy I met at a trade show.”)

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CARDLESS IN PASSING

We nearly always forget to carry business cards and we may not be alone in this. “InTooch” (sic) is an iPhone/Android app aimed at making business cards unnecessary.

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MAKING CONTACTS

Cardbrowser.com collects business cards at trade shows and makes them searchable online. They have 210,000 of them currently and thousands more each month. You can search by market, industry, tradeshow, title, location, etc.

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