I actually own a sterling silver calling card tray, an essential Victorian accessory. It belonged to my great-grandmother, who was born in 1894. The whole time I was growing up, it sat on a table in our entryway, despite the fact that calling cards were by then already a thing of the distant past.
We do love our business cards, though. We’re still passing them out at even the most high-tech conferences. They’re little bits of art, tiny extensions of ourselves, especially if you’re lucky enough to not be a cog in the works of some giant corporation.
When I get home from a conference and sift through the stacks of them I’ve collected, I feel the way I did after my elementary school Valentine’s Day card exchanges.
Now there are a couple of platforms you can use to create something resembling an online business card. I doubt they’ll replace the paper versions any time soon, but they can be fun and practical. Read about them in my post About.me and Flavors.me: Online Calling Cards on GigaOm Collaboration.