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New fad in Japan: Posting your phone number, bank account, and other personal info on Twitter

By Preston Phro

Even as more and more people complain about how unsocial social network services have become, some Japanese Twitter users have put their faith in humanity and opened up a new line of communication with their fellow Tweeters.

How? By publicly posting their phone numbers, some going as far as posting their bank account information and address.

In one of the biggest WTF moments on Twitter ever, some Twitter users have taken to posting their real, actual, no-lie phone numbers on Twitter. While many might view this as an invitation to mischief at best and outright identify theft at worst, the “phone number revealing festival,” as it’s been dubbed, is ostensibly an attempt at encouraging communication. Started by Twitter user Kazuma Ieiri, a serial entrepreneur, the idea is simply to allow anyone to contact their fellow netizens easily and directly.

While most people are still fretting about their online security, Ieiri seems only interested in communicating with new people. In a post to his Facebook page, the widely-followed Twitter user explained that he was more interested in have compelling conversations with new people than worrying about risk. It seems that the entrepreneur has also posted his address and bank account number online as well, saying, “I look forward to having some great encounters.”

Obviously, this sort of bold move isn’t for everyone, and Ieiri himself insists that if it makes you feel uncomfortable then you shouldn’t do it. Another point of concern is that once your number is “out in the wild,” as it were, you have pretty much no chance of getting it back. Even if you remove it from your Twitter account, it will likely still remain in a Google search cache — or in the address books of anyone who snagged it.

Still, there aren’t any horrible experiences to report yet. One Twitter user even tweeted a message thanking Ieiri, ecstatic that she was able to connect with another user. While chatting on the phone, she learned that the other person lived in the same area and was overwhelmed by their conversation. The Twitter user even ended the message by asking Ieiri to be the MC at her wedding if she got married.

The general reaction from Twitter users was, as you might expect, quite varied:

-- This is so cool! With people revealing their phone numbers, you can call and talk to lots of different people.

-- This kind of experience is definitely not something you can get under normal circumstances.

-- Someone called me! Amazing! It was much more entertaining than I expected!

-- I posted my phone number. It’s so exciting!

-- Ieiri’s phone-number-revealing festival is so amazing…in so many different ways.

-- I woke up to find my time line filled with people’s phone numbers.

-- There’s been so many phone numbers revealed that I don’t know who to call. So, someone, I don’t care who, call me!!

-- What the…this is popular now? Isn’t it scary??

-- This revealing phone numbers looks interesting and I want to try talking with lots of different people. I’m late, but I’m gonna try it out!

So, this is, indeed, happening. While it may not be the best idea in the world, there is something to be said for taking chances. If you feel inspired to join the festivities, we urge you to at least consider the full implications of your actions first. On the other hand, it’s probably not particularly difficult to find anyone’s phone number with a little digging.

Who knows, maybe this will usher in a new era of social networking! Or maybe it’ll be a brief fad that disappears in a few days—though obviously the phone numbers will still be floating around in the vast untamed wilderness of the Internet.

Sources: Facebook, Twitter

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This will not end well.

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Posting your private number and bank account details....are they insane?

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These people who post their personal information are ones who have a socializing problem and are living in a false sense of security world.

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This Fad will fade once the bank accounts are emptied...honestly it's way too much of a risk for me especially since it's guaranteed there's people out there that will take advantage of this. Put you're faith in humanity and it kicks you in the rear.

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Started by Twitter user Kazuma Ieiri, a serial entrepreneur, the idea is simply to allow anyone to contact their fellow netizens easily and directly.

Yeah, because you can't sent private messages on Twitter. Oh, wait a minute...

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Stupid, stupid, stupid !

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...One born every minute...

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Just wait till their bank account is hacked, a salesman calling them all the time or a stalker calling them in the middle of the night. Maybe that will stop the public from doing so.

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I'm surprised twitter even allows this.

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I'm surprised twitter even allows this.

Why ? It's common practice over the world. It's like being in the phone book and millions of persons have been for decades.

a salesman calling them all the time or a stalker calling them in the middle of the night.

What's new ? A phone number, a skype ID, an email...idem.

till their bank account is hacked

No, it's like giving your IBAN. You can only transfer them money.

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.Releasing that kind of info on twitter puts a big risk on your life...what are they thinking -.-

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There really is no need for any WTF reaction to this.

It is simply a publicity stunt to sell this guy's own name and popularity.

A fad? No, a purposeful marketing/advertising ploy.

And this article is just what this guy wants and is getting.

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Encouraging more swindle specialized business owners to empty your bank account? Only in Japan? In USA, too many victims who lost their savings. It is not back responsibility if some one with all required info withdraw money or pay money to somebody else - just like paying debts. So, these lonely people are just victims without recourse. Only in Japan?

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I bet some of them are from Tunisia, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, China, Russia, USA.....of course Japan...I can see his phone is non stop.... his bank account has been cleaned up. what a mess.

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@globalwarcher: Why you suspected people from those countries?

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