From the Desk of Abe Pickens
A recent Marketplace story, “The End of Area Codes”, got me thinking about how we relate to the numbers in our lives and how, at least to me, it seems that the general attitude toward them has been changing. In the story, David Weinberg talks about his own fondness for his 303 area code (which we share here at Mocapay) that will be made less special by an FCC proposal to allow Internet services to hand out phone numbers regardless of physical location. Do we place a little bit of our identity in these numbers? With the popularity of everything from “212” baseball caps to “303 Tattoo Day”, I’d say that we do. Other assortments of random digits, like our credit card and bank account numbers, don’t inspire as much enthusiasm (or tattooing… I hope), but they are as integral to our daily lives as our names. And these days, people don’t seem to mind as much as they used to. In recent memory, even our beloved area codes were once the cause of outrage among the telephoning public. (Click here for a little history.)
But just as we seem to be getting used to them, these numbers will be increasingly fading from our lives – replaced by more personal, and secure, ways of identifying ourselves. Twitter and Skype handles reveal a little bit of our personality and creativity. Phone numbers are kept in contact managing apps that display a photo when someone calls. Even here at Mocapay we help make your identity more secure by turning your credit card into a one-time-use QR code. Numbers aren’t really going away, but as new technology makes them part of the background of our lives it gives us the freedom to be a little more human.
Now where should I get that QR Code tattoo…?