Yesterday around 3 p.m., that number called me again. The same number with a California area code that has called me once a week for three weeks. The same number I always screen and let it go to voicemail but one is never left.
So finally, yesterday I decided to answer it and find out who the relentless caller was. Not expecting to actually hear a person, I was surprised when it was a representative from an email marketing company I had heard from awhile back.
Now, let me fill you in on the point to this whole post. The reason I got the initial call from the company three weeks ago (and every week since then) was due to a tweet I put out asking for suggestions on new email marketing services. Just by using the hashtag #emailmarketing, this company found my tweet and creepily enough, my work number and cell number (considering they called on both phones several times). Not going to lie, I’m a little creeped out. Yes, I have my blog linked to my Twitter account but no where on it do I have my work number or even more, my cell number!
I’m sitting here currently making a mental note if they call back to ask how they found my number….
Anyways, it brings up the issue: if something is on the Internet and available to the public, how far is too far to respond? Why couldn’t this company just tweet me back or send me a direct message on Twitter? Why did they have to go so far to track down both of my phone numbers?
I think the situation leads me to two points: 1) Remember best practices of Twitter and online content (aka don’t be a creeper and seek out people’s phone numbers if not prompted) and 2) Keep in mind that everything you post (such as tweets) are public and can be read by anyone.