Just dropped in on the HUGE Hong Kong electronics expo thing. God is it big. Don’t even think about going round in an hour or two. It’s going to take me days to get round.
The thing that amuses me about these things is the whole Namecard Exchanging Thang. You’d have thought by now buyers, sellers, exhibitors and organisers would have come up with some better way of exchanging names and addresses, given everyone is busy buying and selling gadgets from USB-powered foot-baths to roll-up pianos.
But no: Everyone you talk to wants your business card, and if you don’t have one (well, I do have one, but I’m not giving that one away) they will look suspiciously at you and ask you to write down your email address in their exercise book. Of course, my handwriting is awful, especially when I’m lugging around a laptop and thousands of flyers, brochures and pricelists, so anyone with the email addresses email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com is going to be getting Hong Kong Electronics Expo related spam. All I can be confident of is that I, despite my best efforts to be legible, won’t get any.
So whatever happened to beaming namecards at each other? Does nobody do this anymore? Did anybody ever do this? Do any cellphones or smartphones actually let you do this as easily as the old Palms? If not, someone should make it happen. Set up your stall at the entrance of the next gadget expo and you’ll find a million customers queuing up. With me at the front.