Social networking just got scary

09 July 2009

Your parents are on Facebook, your boss follows your every Tweet and your Hotmail's a hot bed of spam. Thank God then for the sanctuary of your mobile phone: a serene oasis of friends and flirty texts - until now. Yep, that's right, from next week 15 million of our mobile numbers will be available to anyone through a new online directory. For a nominal £1 anyone can search your name and location and get your mobile number off the 118800 website. We've been talking about it in the Grazia office all morning and can't decide if it's genius or the worst invention since the shell suit. On the upside, the next time we drop our phone in a G&T we won't have to email the whole world to ask for their numbers - on the downside that creepy friend of a friend is just £1 away from a hopeful first date text!

So what do you think? Is this just the next logical step for technology and communication, or a breach of our privacy? Will you be taking your number off quicker than you can say ex-directory or logging on first thing next week?

- Siam Goorwich


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