In a previous blog post, I highlighted some of the social media trends for 2011 and QR codes were one of the list. And, they have become l more and more prevalent over the last couple of months. You’ve probably seen an ad with a barcode like image and wondered what the heck is that? Well, that is a QR code. QR codes can provide information in text fashion or it can link directly to a website or other online destination.
So I wondered: how hard can it be?
I decided to try to develop a QR code myself, and was prepared for a a labourous and frustrating process. But guess what? It was the easiest thing I did all day! Here’s all you’ll need to do.
- Download a barcode/OR code generator on your smartphone. There are a few apps available. I simply downloaded one called barcode generator.
- When I pulled up the barcode generator app, all you do is type in a message or website and click generate.
- The barcode is automatically created.
- You then have the option to save or share. I saved it as well as sent it via email to myself and a few coworkers.
- The email appeared with the QR code image as an attachment.
- In order to read the QR code, you’ll need to download a QR reader on your smartphone. There are several apps available. I downloaded BWScan.
- Now for the fun part. Once the QR image is on your computer screen, click your QR reader app and hold your phone up like you’re taking a picture. The QR reader will take a picture and you’ll see the text that was written or it will direct you to a website if you provided a link.