• http://twitter.com/lawsondawson Susan Lawson-Dawson

    Email address naming conventions are so predictable that it wouldn’t have taken much to guess the correct address if you looked him up on the NBC website – probably less than 60 seconds to try the three most obvious choices. FirstName.LastName or FirstName_LastName or FirstInitialLastName followed by @nbcuni.com (which is already listed as the domain on the contact page.

  • http://www.barryadams.co.uk/ Barry Adams

    As someone who does almost all their daily interactions via email and who rarely uses his phone, I do think a phone call is much more invasive than an email.

    In email, I can block addresses and mark emails as spam. I can easily create filters to only allow emails from trusted people. I can do all kinds of things to manage the messages I see.

    On the phone, I have no such luxury. It’s much harder to block phone numbers, to filter messages, to prevent unwanted calls from reaching me. I have much less control over who I speak to on the phone – aside from simply not answering – than I have over whose email messages I see.

    So I’d agree with Guy that an email address – especially a corporate one using a predictable syntax – is much less invasive than a phone number. And definitely much less invasive than a home address. In my opinion the latter should not be allowed to be posted on Twitter at all, save perhaps through DMs.