The Economist: Phone Scams. This great article talks about the unethical cell phone telemarketing going on in Japan. This disturbing practice has yet to catch on in the U.S. but I expect that it will soon. I managed to reduce the amount of telemarketing calls I received to zero by cancelling my land line and using only my cell phone for calls. I use my cell number for everything, whenever a phone number is required — so I know it has to be in numerous marketing databases. However, I also know that most telemarketing companies will run their databases through a filter that strips out cell phone numbers (which they get from the cell phone companies) and this is why I never receive telemarketing calls to my cell phone. The reason they do this is because when a telemarketer calls your cell phone they are wasting more than your time, they are also wasting your money and don’t want to do deal with the hassle of angry cell phone users taking them to small claims court.
MSNBC: America’s Worst/Best Phone Service. Excellent! Exactly what I was looking for.
Clay Shirky: Weblogs and the Mass Amateurization of Publishing. Hmmm, odd. I don’t consider myself as an amateur publisher. I just write my weblog the way I want to write it, regardless of who reads it and what they might think about it. For me to actively think of myself as a “publisher” I have to think about my audience when writing. Most of the time when writing CamWorld, it’s a stream-of-conscious activity and my readers are just along for the ride.
Posted by Cameron Barrett at October 3, 2002 01:21 PM