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by Geeqgurl / April 21, 2006 3:01 PM PDT

So I was listening to the podcast the other day where you guys talked about the possible new .tel domain that was supposed to make it so easy for everyone to consolidate all their contact information in one place. Maybe I missed something, but honestly I just don't get it. How would this simplify anything? Say you register myfirstnamelastname.tel and exhaustively put in all your contact information. How are your friends/clients supposed to find out about it? You still have to email everyone and let them know about your new .tel domain name. And wouldn't you then have to email everyone on your list to let them know when there have been changes to the info on your .tel page? How is this any easier than emailing everyone on your list and giving them your new info in the email? I guess you could argue that it is more secure, but then again you're putting all your personal info in one place that will be a very tempting target for people looking to illegally harvest your information.

And who wants all their information in one place anyway? I mean, I have several email addresses that I use for different purposes. I prefer that some people I interact with use one email address, and others use a different one. I wouldn't necessarily want everyone to know all my email addresses.

And lastly, if I were a business, why on earth wouldn't I just include all the information on the company website instead of bothering with a separate domain to have all the contact info? Wouldn't I want the contact info on the website to always be up-to-date? Someone please explain this to me.

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