I did this last year, and for some reason, talking about people’s business cards is popular. I’d figure with the trash talking about how antiquated business cards are these days that this would be a yawner of a video, but people actually like this sort of thing, so I’m bringin’ sexy back this year, too.
I got to hang out with a lot of cool people, and it isn’t to say that those that handed me a card this year aren’t cool, but a lot of the folks I hung out with just didn’t have them. I spent a lot of time with Michael Sean Wright, Robert Scoble, hung out a little with Leo Laporte, dozens of journalists and bloggers in the Blogger’s Lounge and Press Room, and only about 30% or so of the folks I ran into gave me cards. It could be that a lot of the folks I talked to this year I speak to regularly through other channels (like Twitter, email or phone), so they didn’t feel it necessary to give me a piece of cardboard.
On the other hand, I was pretty proud of my stickers this year, and gave them out to anyone that looked like they had room in their pocket to put it in (although Louis Gray took it and said, quite honestly, “Sure, I’ll take this and put it in my pocket until it gets bent and crumpled, and then I’ll throw it out.” Gotta appreciate honesty like that :-p ).
Business cards are definitely on the decline in the tech set, though I don’t yet see anything rising to definitively fill that void (certainly not QR codes or these Augmented Reality gimmicks).
It’s an interesting topic, and one that I’ll probably forget to revisit until next year, but an interesting one none the less.
By the way, if you want some Rizzn/SiliconANGLE stickers, I have a box full of these things, and my kids have run out of stuff to stick them to. Say “I want some” in the comments, and I’ll email you and get your contact info. If you’re wondering what the sticker looks like, go check out this Gnome’s ass.