OK, I use Twitter all the time. I’ve met amazing people this year through it. Having attended numerous meetups and conventions for my Music Lesson Show, I noticed something interesting:
Instead of handing out business cards, more people are asking me “What’s your Twitter?”
So I’d answer follow me on Twitter @WaltRibeiro!
I used to email people to stay connected. Now I follow them on Twitter. I Twitter DM in leu of Email, and I @ them instead of text message or call them. The thing is, if we’re following each other on Twitter then we’re constantly in touch. So I don’t have to email them every 4 weeks to keep in touch – I’m already talking with them every day.
If I’m at a meetup I’ll simply twitter ‘Who’s going tonight’ or ‘If anyone is here then we’re in the back room.” In addition, when I Twitter “Yo @milewis and @meghanasha I had a great time!” The reason why I find this useful is because its public, and therefor people who may follow me, or Mike, or Meghan will follow each other – think of it like a “Linked-In meets IM.” – a kind of social networking site that you see who’s in your circle.
‘Is Twitter the new business card?’
I can’t remember the last time I asked someone “What’s your Skype” at a meetup. Granted, I’m involved in the Tech scene, so my crossings with Twitter are going to be higher than if I worked in the Auto industry. But I feel it won’t be long until everybody starts using Web 2.0 services.
There are also other services, like DropCard. This is a neat idea, but I feel like it will take a few years to pick up. Basically, you can text message your business card. This is great because it saves paper, and since everyone is starting to live in the cloud anyway, this is a useful tool. But I don’t see my grandfather using this service, so when Generation Y grows up then they’ll start using these ‘Hip’ business cards services.
Truth is, I don’t think I’ll ever stop using business cards – in the same way I don’t think I’ll ever stop using paper or sending greeting cards. But I can’t deny that I’ll certainly use these services more and more as time goes on.
So what do you think? Will business cards be replaced by services like Twitter and Drop Card?