People Search Frequently-Asked Questions

What is a vCard?

A vCard is an electronic business card. 555-1212.com makes it easy to save information to your address book or Personal Information Manager (PIM) so you don't have to look it up again. You don't even have to retype anything.

The vCard format is quickly becoming a standard on the Internet, which means that you can use them with many programs and Web sites:

  • Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express
  • Netscape Messenger, Yahoo and other Web-based address books
  • Goldmine, ACT
  • Handheld organizers, including the Palm series

To get a vCard for a person:

  • Look up a person on 555-1212.com
  • If there are multiple results, click on the listing you want
  • Click on the "Get vCard" icon on the results page
  • Save the information to your address book or Personal Information Manager (PIM) by following the instructions on your screen.

To get a vCard for a business:

  • Look up a business on 555-1212.com
  • Click on the "About" icon on the results page of your search
  • Click on the "Get vCard" link on the next page
  • Save the information to your address book or Personal Information Manager (PIM) by following the instructions on your screen.

Saving vCards
Although 555-1212.com gives you the vCard, what to do next depends on which PIM, contact manager, or email software you use. There are different ways of saving vCards. Some programs automatically import the vCard, others let you drag and drop the vCard icon directly into the address book. Some require that you save the vCard to disk and then import it to the program.

If your computer doesn't know what to do with the vCard, you may need to set it to automatically save vCards with your address book of choice. See your system's help pages on associating file types with programs.

If you need help: For more information on vCards, please see the Internet Mail Consortium's vCard overview page.

Support from Microsoft tells you how to use vCards in Microsoft Outlook.

Useful links to products that use vCards:

  • Goldmine
  • Novell's Groupwise 5.5
  • Lotus Organizer
  • Netscape Communicator
  • Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Entourage
  • Palm
  • ACT 2000
  • Internet Mail Consortium's list of products using vCard technology