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QR codes are basically just bar codes on steroids. They allow you to encode up to 4,296 characters in a format that can be read by most modern bar code scanning devices. More specifically, QR codes make it much simpler to direct smart phone users to your website (or anywhere else you want).
So why do you want to do this? Here’s a few reasons that range in practicality:
- Direct mobile phones to personally hosted mobile applications (no need for market fees)
- Direct users from physical storefronts or magazine articles to your website
- Leave encoded messages for mobile users
- To be super cool and trendy
Here’s the Google Chart API URL you hit in order to create your own QR code. Pop it into a browser and it will return your image. There are more optional criteria you can send, which are detailed in the API’s QR code section. Be sure to change the sections highlighted in RED to the values that fit your needs.
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And here’s another version from Eric Harrison with no tables
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As you can see, its not rocket science, but it sure can add a little techie flare. Have fun and be sure to let me know if you add a QR coding to your geek repetoire!