I was going to post a comment over at Jeffro’s — specifically, on this piece about the band Shinedown, a few of whose songs I have put into the regular rotation — and I duly went to the Google sign-in page. For the second time, they asked me for my mobile number; for the second time, I declined to give it up; for the second time, the session ended with an obscure error code and no comment posted.
There are, it seems, three ways to approach this matter:
- Give up the number and be done with it, following Scott McNealy’s dictum: “You have zero privacy. Get over it.”
- Give them my fax number instead. It’s not like anyone is likely to send me a fax.
- Avoid Blogger-based sites in the future.
I am leaning toward #2, but I’m open to suggestions. In the meantime, I need to see if my OpenID still works.