Being transparent throughout the web

I delivered a speech on podcasting last week for a government agency and one question asked at the end of my session made me smile. One of the attendees said he visited my blog and was surprised that I put my phone number on the web and asked me why. I think his question took me by surprise too.

Being found
One of the reasons I gave was to be found. The proof is that they found me through the web and they called me to establish a first contact. Ok, they would have found me anyway and maybe sent me an email but I was really pleased to receive a call. The first contact was a human contact and it felt good.

Hide…
The man then asked me if it was my mobile phone number or my business phone number and I said it was my only phone: I have no landline, no fixed business phone, nothing. I only have a mobile phone and it’s just fine. He finally asked if I was afraid to receive bad calls or something or being too busy answering calls and I answered that I’m not. I explained the fact that to me it’s basic inverse psychology: The more you try to hide info, the more people will try to get it and do something with it. The more open it is, the less people will care about it. People are far more tempted by the things that are restricted to them.

…and seek
To be perfectly honest, why would I try to hide my phone number? It’s my business number and if I want clients to call me, I should make it available everywhere, no? I don’t need to hide because I want to be there. I’m pleased to be in that space and share with people. That’s my role, my job, my pleasure.

That said, am I fully transparent throughout the web? No. My physical address isn’t there. And I don’t blog, post pictures and media about my very personal life, family and such. There is a line that I’ve traced a long time ago and I stand by that decision. I guess we all have a different level of tolerance to personal exposure via the web and it’s perfect as it is. Don’t you think?

Photography by Enrique Dans


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