10 January 2014Robert Scoble, Facebook:
The tech press is angry at Google+ over this new feature.
It lets people email you. Geesh. I hate this movement which asks you to make it hard to contact you.
My phone number is +1-425-205-1921 and my email is email@example.com
Do you know how many cool things I have been invited to because I make it easy to contact me?
Whilst I admire his boldness, that’s an extreme stance. Being easy to contact is a good thing, but that doesn’t have to require the publication of your phone number. There’s a middle ground. I can be reliably contacted via email or Twitter — I read every mention in my timeline and read every email that arrives in my inbox.
If a conversation needs to be taken further, I can give out my phone number privately to the other person. If someone wants to talk to you, they will talk to you. There is no need to publish your phone number publicly online.1
1 In fact, the Internet is the reason why you don’t need to publish your telephone number on the Internet. The Internet opened up so many alternative (and mostly, better) avenues of communication.