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July 26, 2005

Wiki proposal: Cell phone directory

Stephen Baker

How about a Wiki that lists cell-phone numbers (for all who want to be included)? Our colleague Peter Elstrom (below) offers the idea. To avoid telemarketers or spammers, he proposes that members register for the service. The Wiki, he says, would feature a search box, and the system would record which member asked for each number. Only one search at a time.

I don't think I'd be a charter member of this group. Let the Elstroms of the world iron out the kinks, and maybe I'll follow. You? (I just did a Technorati search on this subject. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that there appear to be gobs of spam blogs on cell-phone service.)

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I wonder why a wiki would be the right app for this idea ... this is more passive listing/ lookup than collaboration, which is where wikis shine.

How about just signing up for Plaxo? :-)

Posted by: Zoli Erdos at July 26, 2005 09:49 PM

Hmm. I think we ironed out most of the problems a long time back - 'last millennium' in fact. MobilePhoneNumber.com is the worlds largest online cell phone directory - not marketing hogwash but fact. Check it for yourself. The only question is why do people want to re-invent what's already there and not broken? Saddly, this is one area where proliferation is really damaging; if you want to find someone in a directory, you want them to be in it (or opted out of), and not have to check zillions of copies. Then (it's suggested?) we start checking the wikis and the blogs too? Not on my watch! A cell phone directory isn't like any other search engine. You want your friends number, not serendipity.

Posted by: Frank Rickett at November 10, 2005 06:08 PM

I do not see the reason to be on the list. What for? There are a lot of match making sites. Do not see difference. And on top of that there is ICQ.

Posted by: Gwen at February 10, 2006 03:51 PM

Well, I have the ENTIRE U.S. Cell phone number list with their respective carrier. I do not have any personal contact information. Simply an accurate database of every cell phone number and the carrier which "owns" that number. This could be used as the base which other people could "wiki" or add information etc...

Posted by: LiveAdvertiser at March 18, 2006 11:34 AM

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Posted by: Eric Huffbergersteinberggoldenblat at April 7, 2006 02:17 PM

I dont think it's a good idea, putting up numbers, what if people start abusing the service.

There should be some sort of Security or antispamming framework built first?

Thoughts?

Posted by: Cell Phone at September 7, 2006 03:06 AM

This sounds like a pretty good idea. i think it'd go great with a unlocked cell phone. u can switch between carriers and use the phone over sea's and not be worried about anything.

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Posted by: uncle mu at September 21, 2006 01:57 PM

Interesting way to get publicity for his site. How about a little for mine.

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Posted by: Kahrlos.com at December 17, 2006 03:32 AM

Check out cellpages.com. A (WIKI) web based cell phone directory that is up and running.

Posted by: Paul Fountain at December 23, 2006 11:09 AM

I think it's an excellent idea so long as we can keep it out of the hands of telemarketers.

Posted by: Jay Thomas at March 6, 2007 11:27 PM

I'll be interested in seeing if this actually happens. It would be a fantastic idea. There's already a tremendous amount of demand especially since so many people no longer even have home phones.

Posted by: Mark Johanson at March 21, 2007 04:43 PM

I can see something like this get really abused. I'm not one to participate.

Posted by: Mr Phone at March 29, 2007 08:57 PM

I don?? think that people begin give phone numbers??.. for what?

Posted by: phone cards at April 18, 2007 02:28 AM

Well I am not afraid to give out my number. See?

510-688-2784

Posted by: Natasha at May 7, 2007 05:25 PM


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