Identity and Privacy
I recently discovered microformats, which prompted me to think again about a problem that is screaming for a solution:
In today’s era of instant search and connectedness, I am still intrigued at the difficulty of maintaining and sharing up-to-date contact information.
When I change my phone number or mailing address, it’s still incredible how broken the process for notifying my friends and family is:
I update my “me” record in my address book program (Apple’s Address Book for anyone who cares)
I send an email to groups within my address book (friends, family, etc).
I send separate emails, or update my information on websites for my employer, magazines and journals I subscribe to, organizations I belong to, credit card companies, etc)
Then I have to trust that the people I notify take the time to update their address book
Respond to the inevitable “What was your new email address/phone number/address/etc?” requests down the road from those that did not update their address book
It would seem that should be a problem with a solution.
Thoughts for finishing this:
- different roles (each with separate contact info)
- mechanism for privacy (I don’t want everyone getting my cell phone number)
- conversely, should I know who has downloaded my contact information
- notifying others of changes
- “politeness” - how I define a relationship with someone may be different than how they define their relationship with me…