Poll: Do you keep your contact details visible online?
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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 10:39
Member (2006)
German to English
Not quite sure Apr 30, 2013

what is meant here?

If this is refering to Skype, then everyone that has my Skype name can see that I am online. I have no idea what other sort of information I should make public to anyone??

[Edited at 2013-04-30 13:10 GMT]


 

Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 09:39
Member
German to English
+ ...
Limited visibility Apr 30, 2013

On here, for example, I think my contact details (e-mail address, telephone no., etc.) are available only to potential outsourcers. My business landline number is accessible online if you know where to look and I tell nobody my skype login!

 

Helen Hagon  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:39
Member (2011)
Russian to English
+ ...
Some details Apr 30, 2013

The whole point of putting myself online is because I want people to give me work. Therefore, I include enough details for potential customers to contact me. Usually this is just email, as that is the best way to contact me anyway. I only give my Skype ID or phone number if it is requested for a specific purpose. My home address is for family and friends only (and the tax man, I suppose!).

 

Allison Wright  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 09:39
German to English
+ ...
Yes. Apr 30, 2013

Skype by prior arrangement. The rest is there for all to see.
I do take some comfort in knowing that I live in a house without a number, and on a road without a name.icon_wink.gif


 

Diana Coada  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 09:39
Portuguese to English
+ ...
But of course! Apr 30, 2013

Helen Hagon wrote:

The whole point of putting myself online is because I want people to give me work. Therefore, I include enough details for potential customers to contact me.


 

Enrico Zoffoli  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 10:39
Member (2013)
German to Italian
+ ...
Yes Apr 30, 2013

what's the problem if people get to know where I live? In fact, I live in a cool place and sort of brag about iticon_smile.gif

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 17:39
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Me too Apr 30, 2013

Enrico Zoffoli wrote:

what's the problem if people get to know where I live? In fact, I live in a cool place and sort of brag about iticon_smile.gif


I live on top of a small mountain on the East side of Kyoto and have a great view of Kyoto City the mountains to the west and some wonderful sunsets. Sigh .... Something to brag about icon_smile.gif

I disclose just enough contact information with customers so that I'm sufficiently "off the radar" or beaten track but not completely invisible in stealth mode. I also sometimes divulge my cellphone No. to special customers who pay premium rates.


 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 10:39
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
As needed Apr 30, 2013

Michael Harris wrote:

what is meant here?

If this is refering to Skype, then everyone that has my Skype name can see that I am online. I have no idea what other sort of information I should make public to anyone??

[Edited at 2013-04-30 13:10 GMT]


I agree with Michael.

My contact details are only available upon, for valid reasons. After all, there is always the option to contact me through... ProZ.com.icon_smile.gif


 

Daniela Slankamenac  Identity Verified
Serbia
Local time: 10:39
Member (2011)
English to Serbian
Some details Apr 30, 2013

My e-mail address and Skype are visible. Home address and phone numbers are not. So, whoever wants to contact me, they can do it.

 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 10:39
Member (2012)
English to Danish
+ ...
Yes, why not? Apr 30, 2013

After all, I'm in business.
No client ever showed up on my doorstep, but if they did, I would probabbly just invite them in.

I don't remember who has my cell phone number, but it is usually turned off and sleeping in my handbag, anyway.


 

Allison Wright  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 09:39
German to English
+ ...
Cellphone Apr 30, 2013

Yetta J Bogarde wrote:

I don't remember who has my cell phone number, but it is usually turned off and sleeping in my handbag, anyway.


My cellphone is always switched on and fully charged. All I have to do is remember to take it with me when I leave the house.icon_smile.gif


 

Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 02:39
Spanish to English
+ ...
Like they could find me! Apr 30, 2013

Before living here, I lived in a little lost barrio in Buenos Aires, and before that, a cabin in the woods of southern Missouri and before that, a tent in the sawtooth mountain range in Idaho... herding cattle.

I usually keep my address and phone number private. I don't care to much for Skype, so if a client wants it, they can have it.

I am a little more cautious about giving more information after being scammed last year. The scammer mailed me a set of fake money orders, so I withheld the translation (duh). He got really angry and threatened to come to my home. I was angrier, so it was wise of him not to try anything, but I try to be much more careful about those things and I now use a P.O. Box for correspondence.

Adapt and overcome.


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:39
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
I can understand the concern May 1, 2013

I'm not worried about my clients. However, I live alone in an urban area, and I do understand that if I post my whereabouts for all to see, it's possible that any weirdo with a GPS could could find me and show up at my door. Still, I don't lose sleep over it, and my address can be found on my résumé if you click on the link.

 


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