Not funny in China.
Yup, totally! People will use it if there's a benefit and all your favorite app comes with the scanning function (not needing to pull up a separate app).
Agree. I hate how people just judge this from a western perspective. In Asia QR codes are very popular. As long as I know, China, Korea and Japan all use it a lot. Especially in China everyone use Weixin and scan QR code constantly. I think last time I heard, Weixin has 7 billion users. I think the number is bigger now.
Like any tech, It's all in the implementation. Snapchat uses QR codes to allow users to follow each other and it's way easier than typing a username. See a snapchat QR code, open the app (which opens to the camera) and boom you're following that person. No button to press, no "Add Contacts" screen, no typing, no searching, no confirming. It's quite lovely.
Slow Clap this is awesome.
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Despite seeing this a while a go it's still fun to see it pop up again. Like a friendly reminder that QR codes don't seem as useful as you think.
LMAO. Took a moment.
If Apple et al included QR code scanning in their camera app, QR code usage would boom. Needing a separate app discourages people.
However, they need to be used a lot more creatively than just saving and launching a URL!
All the free QR apps I've ever found in the App Store make it obvious that scanning QR codes is less important to the developers than serving up ads. ;)
My best idea for QR codes is putting them on receipts (or just a card w/ that you're given with the receipt) at restaurants. The would open the Yelp page so while you're sitting there waiting for your check to be processed you can review the restaurant.
An ex client had qr codes on his website; this was an ecommorce site and had a qr code in the gallery of each individual product that linked to that product :-/
In paris, there is QR codes on bus stops to show in real time when will the bus arrive. It is quite easy + simple + useful.
Long live the QR, "Asia" use it everyday, just a matter of education.
I scanned a QR code once in my life.
I went to Gamestop and actually had a good experience chatting with the guy working there, and on the receipt was a QR code for leaving feedback, so I thought I'd throw the guy a bone while my wife was in Old Navy.
I found some dumb QR app on the iOS App Store, installed it and found it to be pretty awful. Ad banners everywhere, etc.
Got the code to scan, and it directed me to a web page. Hilariously enough, the receipt had a QR code, and below that a 20-digit number that represented my transaction, but the awful part was that the 20-digit number wasn't encoded in the QR code -- that just took me to the front page of the site and it was up to me to punch in the 20 digit code.
I uninstalled the QR app and called it a day. lol
QR codes get an unfair rap because they're ugly and it's not convenient to scan them, seeing them on the side of buses in London is laughable.
They're a necessary technological bridge though I think, similar(ish) to the success of the minidisc before the mp3 boom, with things like image recognition (Google Goggles, Amazon Fire thingy) as well as NFC all making leaps and bounds, it's only a matter of time before we look back and think 'huh'
I refer to this on a weekly basis in my current job. Whenever marketing come up to me and ask to put a QR code on something, you can't help but laugh.
It's when they ask to put a QR code on the website that you cry.
hahaha is it just me or anyone else came back to read the comments to see what's going on? LOL
I don't get it. Actually QR Code is very useful in gound-based marketing.
Here's a story on what not to do with QR codes -- a couple of years ago, my wife and I went to Seattle for a vacation, and one of the things we wanted to do was take the ferry. We're in the terminal and we see a giant map on the wall, and next to each destination was a QR code. So I scanned the one for where we wanted to go that day, expecting to see more information about it. Instead, it loaded up a generic page about the ferry on a non-responsive website. -_-
For those of us who are slower to the party. What?!
Nobody uses QR codes ;)