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OMG Who's got your number?

There’s a scary message about phone numbers doing the rounds on Facebook at the moment and, frankly, I’m puzzled by it.

EVERYONE’S PHONE NUMBER IS NOW ON FACE BOOK!! Go to the top right of your screen, click Account then Edit Friends. Go to the left side of your screen and click Phone book. Everyone’s phone numbers are now being published. Please re-post to let your friends know that they can remove their numbers by changing their privacy settings. (Privacy Settings-Phone-Customize-Only ME.

I’m puzzled by the number of times I’ve seen it over the past week, and by the “OMG – thanks for posting this” comments it has provoked.

I rather like it when my friends phone me up.  But they probably wouldn’t ring me if they didn’t know my number.  So I’m happy to tell them – or let them find out through Facebook.

How would this keep-your-number-to-yourself advice work elsewhere?  I often attend business networking meetings and introduce myself to complete strangers.  And guess what?  We swap business cards and business cards always have a mobile phone number on them.

So perhaps I ought to share this important information:

EVERYONE’S PHONE NUMBER IS NOW ON BUSINESS CARDS!! Go to your wallet or purse, pick out your business card. Go to the contact details. Everyone’s phone numbers are now being published. Please re-post to let your friends know that they can remove their numbers by re-printing their business cards.

Facebook’s privacy settings do allow you to control who sees what – everyone, friends of friends, friends only, specific people  or “just me”.  If you haven’t reviewed these settings I guess now would be a good time to do so.  What level of privacy are you comfortable with?    And if you are uncomfortable letting your Facebook friends have your phone number, you might want to review who you connect with.