“Those little funny barcode looking things..explained”
OK, so by now you've encountered "those funny little barcode looking things". They seem to be popping up everywhere including magazines, bus stops, product labels, and even on peoples bodies as tattoos. But what are they and what do they do?
So those funny little barcode looking things are known as QR codes in marketing and fundraising. That's an abbreviation (surprise) for Quick Response code and they were invented in 1994. To decode the image you can simply use the camera on your mobile phone. But first you need to install the QR Code reader application that is probably already installed on your phone. If it's not, just go to the application download for your iPhone, Blackberry, Droid, Nokia or other mobile device. Now search for "QR code reader", download and install.
Once it's installed on your phone, you just aim your phone's camera at "those little square boxes" wherever you see them and voila, you'll be transported (quickly) to the encoded destination. This could be a website, a virtual business card, a phone number, a special event page or other destination. The number of uses are only limited by creativity.
In a separate post I'll tell you how you can create one for your business or personal use.