I rediscovered this blog about business cards which I wrote in 2012. Four years on and I've amassed several thousand more cards which I've been given at conferences and events where I speak. I'm now firmly in the habit of going straight to LinkedIn to connect with the people who gave them to me and then into the recycling they go.
Surely there is a better, more modern way of connecting with people at events, rather than exchanging pieces of paper. If there is, please do get in touch!
But all of a sudden technology has changed things. Over the last five years, I’ve experimented with various business card scanners and devices, all of which have promised to make my life a little less cluttered and a lot more organised. Most of which have done nothing of the sort. A lot of names on cards ended up as Contacts in Outlook and more recently in Google Apps – but essentially they are still just names on cards – whether on paper or kept digitally. They’re static – they don’t live and breathe.