Virtual Business Cards available to MCPs

Virtual Business Cards available to MCPs

Erwin Chan (Microsoft)

This week all MCPs will receive access to the Virtual Business Cards (VBC) so if you're new to the VBC, welcome!  This post will give you a walkthrough of what Virtual Business Cards are all about.

If you're familiar with VBCs, scroll down - we've added a few new enhancements you should be aware of.

Finally, if you're new to the blog - welcome!  Take a look around the blog and the forums.  We strive to give you news about the world of Microsoft certifications and uncensored behind the scenes look at what we do here at Microsoft Learning.  When you're done, share your VBC in the forums!

First, what can VBCs do for you?

  1. It's the best way to reliably share and prove your credentials with two ways to securely link your transcript.
  2. It is a creative and vibrant way to show off your credentials.
  3. Establish yourself as a brand

You can access VBC either from the MCP site or by navigating to http://mcpvirtualbusinesscard.com (please use the Live ID that is associated with your MCP profile).

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VBC Walkthrough

What are Virtual Business Cards?  They are a tool that you can use to create, customize, and share your credentials online in a visually striking manner. We really want you to show off what you’ve accomplished and let everyone know that you know what you’re talking about. The VBC platform creates for you two elements. The first is the actual Virtual Business Card itself.

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This card is intended for use on online properties like your email signature, blog, forum signature, etc. You can share this card via a simple link, an embeddable javascript card, and in image (PNG) format.  You can choose to download the image or link it off our server.  As long as it’s hosted on our server (e.g you didn’t download it), we can even push updates or changes to your card to all of the places where you’ve used it.

Each card will have an associated profile page.

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This profile page can act as your resume online. You can select what certifications appear on this page and you have open space to enter whatever information you like, like your resume or recent accomplishments. You can even include a link to your official transcript. Since this page is hosted from a Microsoft-owned URL, this is your way to show that it’s official information.

How does it work? There is a step by step process of creating and customizing your card. All of your personal information is optional and you can enter whatever you like.

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You can also choose which certifications appear on your card and on your profile page.

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You can add your own ‘look and feel’ to your business card by choosing from over 100 avatars and 25 different templates.

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Once you’ve created the card, it’s now time to share them.  At the top of this page, you can actually make your URL more easier to link to by setting a username or keyword. After you set this, your profile page will be accessible via an easier link to remember.

From here you can also choose how to share your card.  We’re looking into other ways to share so if you have any ideas, email us at vbcfeedb@microsoft.com

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One interesting feature we haven’t shown you yet is that you can see how many impressions your card and profile site have received.  We are counting all of this information and we’ll show you how well you’re doing:

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It’s pretty simple and straightforward.  Dig into VBC and let us know what you think! We have some time to make some enhancements between the next release so if you have any ideas for how to make this even better, shoot us an email at vbcfeedb@microsoft.com.

Virtual Business Card update

  • Transcript Sharing Tool now integrated with VBC - now rather than adding a pdf of your transcript to your profile page, you can add a link to the transcript sharing tool.
  • Added Twitter field to My Identities
  • Names will default to that on your MCP account - to protect credentials and the validity of the VBC, we are now only allowing the name on your MCP account to be used on your card.  This means you cannot change the name that appears on the card unless you change your name on your MCP account.  This prevents people from creating cards with false names or create cards for individuals without the proper credentials.  To change your name as it appears on your MCP account, contact your regional support center

 

 

Comments
  • Anonymous
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    Hello,

    I have a VBC on my site about page (see above) but was wondering how long it took for new certs to show on the card? I took and passed the Windows 6.5 configuring TS exam which shows in my transcript but still doesn't show on my VBC. Do i need to do anything specific to make it update?

    (hmm it looks like when i've added my twitter page its now updated.. do you need to modifiy the card each time a new cert is added?)

    Thanks,

    Ben.

  • Anonymous
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    :(  Unable to order my logos. Looks very weird with a few green ones then a blue one then a few other  green ones.

  • Erwin Chan (Microsoft)
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    @Ben

    It takes the same amount of time as it does for your cert to appear on your transcript and Logo Builder (uses the same service).  If you linked the image version of the card obviously you have to go back and get a new one, but if you linked the embed code then it should populate (assuming you selected that cert to appear on your card and profile page)

  • Erwin Chan (Microsoft)
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    @Bing

    What do you mean order your logos?  What's the green and blue ones you're referring to?

  • mark
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    I know this is probably going to be a long shot, but I'd love to be able to add certifications from other providers (i.e. Comptia) to my VBC so I can have a general "all in one" card.

  • mark
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    Also btw, there doesn't appear to be any way to remove an avatar from a card once it's added short of creating a brand new card. Unless of course I'm missing something. Which is totally possible.

  • Anonymous
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    mcpvirtualbusinesscard.com is very busy / off with errors

  • Anonymous
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    An unanticipated error has occurred. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please try again later.

    Time: 3/18/2010 3:21:05 PM ... very frustrating because i tried to create a card two times and the site crashes and looses alle information...is this the performance of the card sharing server?

  • Anonymous
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    This sucks trying for the 8th time to get this to Work!!!!!!  :(

  • Anonymous
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    Guessing since we all go the email today, the site will be swamped.  I'll be trying tomorrow.

  • Anonymous
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    I think it's being hammered with people trying to get in as it was featured in the technet newsletter...

  • Erwin Chan (Microsoft)
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    Hi guys - the site is indeed being hammered with a lot of people looking at VBC for the first time.  The site is very stable but obviously can't handle the entire MCP world logging in.  We're looking into it but please have patience with VBCs as we resolve and work through this heavy traffic load.

  • Anonymous
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    I don't know if the site is down or is really being hit with a lot of traffic but it isn't working for me.

  • Anonymous
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    Hi Erwin, thank you for your quick response. No problem. Maybe the "MCP Flash Newsletter" better shouldn´t send to the entire world at the same time ;) Best regards from Germany, Dirk.

  • Anonymous
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    Hey Now,

    This works great, I've used it a few weeks ago.

    Thx 4 the info,

    Catto

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