Valleywag getting crap for posting my phone number

Owen Thomas of Valleywag just called me and told me that Valleywag’s readers are calling him and other bloggers there being very irate at the fact that they posted my cell phone number. What’s ironic is that I’ve shared my phone number for more than two years on my blog and on my Facebook account. Hey, feel free to give me a call. If I’m open, I’ll take the call.

I’ve actually had people be irate at ME for posting my phone number. There seems to be this weird idea that if you post your phone number you’ll have your identity stolen, or worse. Maybe that’ll happen someday, but so far so good.

Comments

  1. I think that’s funny them getting crap for posting your phone number when it’s plainly been a part of your blog now for a number of years. And anyone who has taken time to read your blog would know that.

    Hope CES is fun.

  2. I think that’s funny them getting crap for posting your phone number when it’s plainly been a part of your blog now for a number of years. And anyone who has taken time to read your blog would know that.

    Hope CES is fun.

  3. Scoble, just curious..

    how many whackos end up calling you? How many pranks do you get? Do you get a lot of inquiries from the press or people hocking their own crap?

    I’d be interested to know – and if all of that is low, it might encourage others to follow your lead.

  4. Scoble, just curious..

    how many whackos end up calling you? How many pranks do you get? Do you get a lot of inquiries from the press or people hocking their own crap?

    I’d be interested to know – and if all of that is low, it might encourage others to follow your lead.

  5. I’ve had my number posted on my blog for years, and while I don’t have the huge traffic Scobble has, it’s still funny to me how rarely anyone thinks to call.

    On the occasion someone does call however, it does have a tendency to be something actually worthwhile like a request for a press interview etc.

  6. I’ve had my number posted on my blog for years, and while I don’t have the huge traffic Scobble has, it’s still funny to me how rarely anyone thinks to call.

    On the occasion someone does call however, it does have a tendency to be something actually worthwhile like a request for a press interview etc.

  7. Hey Scoble,

    It’s funny that this has come up, again.

    Phillip Greenspun (http://philip.greenspun.com/contact-info) has had his info up since early in the 90s (might even be earlier), and was asked a similar question around the time his book came out on web sites (late 90s I believe). He says he rarely gets calls either. The fact that it is still up, must mean it’s still not an issue.

    I would guess this has as much to do with the work required to use a phone for connection, as it does with the lack of anonymity. Much easier to just shoot off an email or 10,000 from a relatively anonymous server.

  8. Hey Scoble,

    It’s funny that this has come up, again.

    Phillip Greenspun (http://philip.greenspun.com/contact-info) has had his info up since early in the 90s (might even be earlier), and was asked a similar question around the time his book came out on web sites (late 90s I believe). He says he rarely gets calls either. The fact that it is still up, must mean it’s still not an issue.

    I would guess this has as much to do with the work required to use a phone for connection, as it does with the lack of anonymity. Much easier to just shoot off an email or 10,000 from a relatively anonymous server.

  9. Feel Free to Call Me at 415-637-7389

    Yeah that’s really my phone number. I bet a lot fewer people want to call me than want to call Robert Scoble. Still every now and then someone gets surprised when they find out they can call Robert with the

  10. Another element is that if you’re going to engage with Robert Scoble in real time on the phone without warning, you had better have your shit together… be focused, and try to convince him you’re not an idiot wasting his time. In e-mail, or comments, on the other hand, there’s plenty of time to refine, elaborate upon, and polish your idiocy from the comfort of your own home or office with a much smaller risk of actual physical embarrassment.

  11. Another element is that if you’re going to engage with Robert Scoble in real time on the phone without warning, you had better have your shit together… be focused, and try to convince him you’re not an idiot wasting his time. In e-mail, or comments, on the other hand, there’s plenty of time to refine, elaborate upon, and polish your idiocy from the comfort of your own home or office with a much smaller risk of actual physical embarrassment.

  12. I am glad you post your phone number. For being so popular you didn’t become stuck-up like others have. Your blog design isn’t modern and stuck up as well. Kudos to you.

  13. I am glad you post your phone number. For being so popular you didn’t become stuck-up like others have. Your blog design isn’t modern and stuck up as well. Kudos to you.

  14. I was reading your book recently. (which is an awesome book by the way) and I’m amazed you have had only two crank calls. Heck, I’m just amazed you put the number out there. You are right if you are open and honest, people seems to be very polite.

  15. I was reading your book recently. (which is an awesome book by the way) and I’m amazed you have had only two crank calls. Heck, I’m just amazed you put the number out there. You are right if you are open and honest, people seems to be very polite.

  16. Have had my number up for a while now and have the same experience: few crank callers and even a few interesting contacts with people wanting to know something about integrated marketing or related matters.

  17. Have had my number up for a while now and have the same experience: few crank callers and even a few interesting contacts with people wanting to know something about integrated marketing or related matters.

  18. Identity theft is harder to pull off than the identity theft protection companies would let on.

    In order to “become” someone, you must have their SSN. Sure, you could harrass someone with the basic informtion, but in order to establish credit, get a driver’s license, buy a home, a car, etc., you need the SSN.

    Lawmakers are trying to tighten things down even further, thankfully. If you ask me, I think ID theft should be treated as severely as rape or murder, because effectively, you have potentially trashed someone’s life, sometimes almost permanently.

    A mere phone number results in nothing but calls at odd hours, freaks calling, etc. No real harm done. Although, I used to work with guys that if they learned your off-duty details like personal email account, phone number, etc., they would, as a joke, sign people up for porn newletters (straight and gay), weirdo lists, give your phone number out on the net, etc. Sometimes funny, sometimes not.

  19. Identity theft is harder to pull off than the identity theft protection companies would let on.

    In order to “become” someone, you must have their SSN. Sure, you could harrass someone with the basic informtion, but in order to establish credit, get a driver’s license, buy a home, a car, etc., you need the SSN.

    Lawmakers are trying to tighten things down even further, thankfully. If you ask me, I think ID theft should be treated as severely as rape or murder, because effectively, you have potentially trashed someone’s life, sometimes almost permanently.

    A mere phone number results in nothing but calls at odd hours, freaks calling, etc. No real harm done. Although, I used to work with guys that if they learned your off-duty details like personal email account, phone number, etc., they would, as a joke, sign people up for porn newletters (straight and gay), weirdo lists, give your phone number out on the net, etc. Sometimes funny, sometimes not.

  20. Privacy is wonderful but people’s ideas about it are quite warped. Who are they to get angry at you if you post your number or email address somewhere? I hope I never have come off so patronizing, pissy, and full of myself over what another person can do with their personal details.

    My phone number is posted on my Facebook profile, MSN, and blog. Initially, just like you, I don’t answer calls from people with blocked numbers. Then I setup a GrandCentral account so people could call me within certain times. Also GrandCentral drops blocked calls for me automatically. It is actually surprising how few people actually call me that don’t already know me.

  21. Privacy is wonderful but people’s ideas about it are quite warped. Who are they to get angry at you if you post your number or email address somewhere? I hope I never have come off so patronizing, pissy, and full of myself over what another person can do with their personal details.

    My phone number is posted on my Facebook profile, MSN, and blog. Initially, just like you, I don’t answer calls from people with blocked numbers. Then I setup a GrandCentral account so people could call me within certain times. Also GrandCentral drops blocked calls for me automatically. It is actually surprising how few people actually call me that don’t already know me.

  22. I don’t see anything wrong with posting a phone number online. As you said, no one’s forcing you to pick it up.

    However, someone who *was* an idiot last week is Jeremy Clarkson, Car TV celebrity and irreverent columnist in the UK. He posted his bank details. Someone immediately set up a Direct Debit from his account to a charity to prove how easily his details could be used.

    What an idiot! :P

  23. I don’t see anything wrong with posting a phone number online. As you said, no one’s forcing you to pick it up.

    However, someone who *was* an idiot last week is Jeremy Clarkson, Car TV celebrity and irreverent columnist in the UK. He posted his bank details. Someone immediately set up a Direct Debit from his account to a charity to prove how easily his details could be used.

    What an idiot! :P

  24. Hi Robert,

    Doesn’t that mean only your U.S. readers get immediate/direct access, as Caller-ID doesn’t work internationally?

    Incidentally, Why has GrandCentral got so much hype, The UK’s had Personal Numbers and Unified messaging since before Y2k (e.g. digitalmail or Callsure), and of course, there was the great Wildfire service from Orange (when it was the future).

    Yours kindly

    Shakir Razak

  25. Hi Robert,

    Doesn’t that mean only your U.S. readers get immediate/direct access, as Caller-ID doesn’t work internationally?

    Incidentally, Why has GrandCentral got so much hype, The UK’s had Personal Numbers and Unified messaging since before Y2k (e.g. digitalmail or Callsure), and of course, there was the great Wildfire service from Orange (when it was the future).

    Yours kindly

    Shakir Razak

  26. hey do you get prank calls on the phone??? . btw i read that clarkson article thats preety funny. i atleats the money was used for good purpose but then again its so common sense to not to let yourt bank ac number in public

  27. hey do you get prank calls on the phone??? . btw i read that clarkson article thats preety funny. i atleats the money was used for good purpose but then again its so common sense to not to let yourt bank ac number in public

  28. After reading this thread, I decided to test the premise by giving Robert a call at the number posted. Much to my surprise, he answered the phone.

    Turns out, he has a cold and is watching his baby…and he still answered the phone.

    That’s phenomenal.

    He was gracious and answered all my questions.

    He’s good people, as my Philadelphia ancestors say. We could use more like him.

  29. After reading this thread, I decided to test the premise by giving Robert a call at the number posted. Much to my surprise, he answered the phone.

    Turns out, he has a cold and is watching his baby…and he still answered the phone.

    That’s phenomenal.

    He was gracious and answered all my questions.

    He’s good people, as my Philadelphia ancestors say. We could use more like him.

  30. I’ve had my phone number on my blog for 2 years or so. So far, it hasn’t been a problem.

    Nobody wants to be the “So you’re the jackass who called Scoble” person, I suppose…

  31. I’ve had my phone number on my blog for 2 years or so. So far, it hasn’t been a problem.

    Nobody wants to be the “So you’re the jackass who called Scoble” person, I suppose…

  32. Maclead,

    The difference is…no one calls your number, I suppose.

    Your comments are as bitter as your half-ass “business” cards.

    If we are to believe your kiddie drawings, it must be sad sitting there getting drunk representing a wine no one drinks, shilling for corporations, and…again…if your cards are accurate, spending most of your life in bars, overage and boring, trolling for girls half your age who won’t give you the time of day.

    Who’s the jackass?

  33. Maclead,

    The difference is…no one calls your number, I suppose.

    Your comments are as bitter as your half-ass “business” cards.

    If we are to believe your kiddie drawings, it must be sad sitting there getting drunk representing a wine no one drinks, shilling for corporations, and…again…if your cards are accurate, spending most of your life in bars, overage and boring, trolling for girls half your age who won’t give you the time of day.

    Who’s the jackass?

  34. The ONLY potential id theft issue with phone numbers is if you give out your home (ie landline) number. That’s because some shoppings sites use match the phone number you give them against your cardholder address. Cell phone numbers present no more identity theft risk than giving out your website address (less, in fact, given the WHOIS database for domains).

  35. The ONLY potential id theft issue with phone numbers is if you give out your home (ie landline) number. That’s because some shoppings sites use match the phone number you give them against your cardholder address. Cell phone numbers present no more identity theft risk than giving out your website address (less, in fact, given the WHOIS database for domains).

  36. Granted, it IS unorthodox to freely post your phone number on the internet, people shouldn’t be giving you flack about it. If you want to post you phone number, then by all means post it. I don’t quite understand what the big deal is to people. It’s not like you are giving their numbers out. This really makes me wonder about people.

  37. Granted, it IS unorthodox to freely post your phone number on the internet, people shouldn’t be giving you flack about it. If you want to post you phone number, then by all means post it. I don’t quite understand what the big deal is to people. It’s not like you are giving their numbers out. This really makes me wonder about people.

  38. I thought that Scoble’s identity was stolen long ago, and that the guy who posted his phone number was an imposter. But who knows…

  39. I thought that Scoble’s identity was stolen long ago, and that the guy who posted his phone number was an imposter. But who knows…

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    Within half hour or so, I was able to get in touch with 10-15 girls within my locality.
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    What I want to know is, how are the promoters of this site, able to provide service for free?

    I wouldnt mind paying for such a great site too.

    ————-

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