[uf-discuss] Hcard - marking up sms short codes

Guillaume Lebleu guillaume at lebleu.org
Wed Jan 9 09:50:27 PST 2008

Philip Tellis wrote:
> Would you, for example, put down, "preferred from 0900-1700IST, except
> on weekends and between the 5th and 15th of May, unless you're signed
> up with plan foo on provider bar" as meta info for the number?
Here is a real-life example of a similar case ("opening hours" bound to 
specific phone numbers, not to the org they are associated with):

How would you see this content marked up? as different hCard with 
different FN of the same (included) ORG? or as one hCard?

You can easily find other instances by searching for "Contact us" 9AM or 
"call me after" 7PM

Anyway, I think people do publish this type of information, and we 
should look into how to best address this requirement. Whether they do 
it to maximize customer satisfaction (office hours) or to minimize 
communications costs is not our problem.

That said, I can't resist to quote the following from one of Danah 
Boyd's posts, which I thought about right away when I read your example:

"I'm fascinated by how U.S. teens build intricate models of which 
friends are available via mobile and which aren't. Teens know who is on 
what plan, who can be called after 7PM, who can be called after 9PM, who 
can receive texts, who is over their texting for the month, etc. It's 
part of their mental model of their social network and knowing this is a 
core exchange of friendship." 

I don't know any social networking app where people can share this type 
of information (ex. remaining text message for the months, unlimited WE 
hours, etc.) but if you know, let me know.


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