Back in December, I wrote a post questioning whether LinkedIn had abandoned CardMunch, its business card scanning app that used actual humans to transcribe the cards you scan and then connected the contact information to LinkedIn. Well, now it’s official. This week, LinkedIn announced that CardMunch will be shut down on July 11, 2014.
In place of CardMunch, LinkedIn is partnering with Evernote, so that Evernote’s business card scanning app will integrate with LinkedIn. Now, when you scan a business card using Evernote, it will pull in information from the contact’s LinkedIn profile. See this description from Evernote of how it works.
CardMunch users have two options for moving their data. If they choose to transfer their data to Evernote, they will get two free years of the business card scanning service, which is a premium feature within Evernote. Alternatively, they can export and download their CardMunch data.
In conjunction with this announcement, Evernote is offering its users one free year of the scanning service if they connect their Evernote and LinkedIn accounts. Details on this offer are here.