Identities in the offline world

I wonder if it is time we stopped using our phone numbers on personal ID and forms, or that we are at least given the option to use a phone number and a web address such as a personal domain or social networking site address. This thought was ignited after reading this article.

A a population NZ’ers we move regularly not taking our home phone numbers with us – if we even still use a landline at home. Although we now have phone number portability – there are still too many restrictions on the service and not enough knowledge about it.

For others it is too much hassle as our incumbent telcos have monopolised the networks so that it costs more to contact another network, hence causing confusion if someone ports their 027 number to Vodafone etc.

Mail redirection is a short term fix for expected mail but is also now seen as a deterrent as of the cost associated with it.

Mobile phone numbers were once the savior to find someone who had previously moved. But no longer. NZ’ers prefer to utilise Pre Pay cell phones and to obtain a new number as they please. A growing trend is to now have two pre pay cell phones so as to capitalise on the telcos specials.

Gen Y are known to move jobs on a regular basis and are heavily represented in the 1 millon people who have not registered to vote.

So how do we track anyone down that we may have not have corresponded with. Without the use of a PI, police or ilegal methods, the Internet is the most efficient manner to find people.

A lot of people also use a free email account to capture spam etc, but often they have their own private email address, FaceBook page, Bebo page, LinkedIn profile or domain name, all of which are a real identifier to that person. Our Internet profiles can remain the same no matter what country or city we move to.

When will we begin to see organisations ask us for our Internet contact details ?.

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