Remember the good, old-fashioned business card? The business card was designed to swap with an acquaintance in order to exchange information. For years, I always carried one, had to have one, gave one to whoever asked for one. I spent long hours designing the perfect image with just the right type and flourish. I would take my artwork and go to my printer (can anyone really live without a good printer?) and I would print hundreds of business cards.
I've lived the past ten years without a business card - nothing to hand out...unless I dig up some old card I printed years ago. I like it and I don't. On one hand, if people want to remember who you are, they will find a way. On the other hand, I look like a fool for not handing out my business information to people who might be interested in doing business with us.
The Japanese love a good business card, in fact, they hand you their card before you even have had a chance to exchange names. The networking is important. They have learned that to be successful it is important to spread the good news - let everyone know what you are doing and how can you connect and do something creative together.