What a letdown.
I wanted to report on near completion of The Website Resurrection Project – but I had a mind-altering experience.
On the upside, I am not afraid of identity theft or surveillance anymore.
My dentist had to cancel an appointment the day before. I showed up some minutes before the appointed time. The practice was empty and dark, except for the assistants who told me:
We have eagerly been waiting for you!! We did not know how to reach you as we didn’t have your phone number!
Have you tried to find my phone number on the web? It’s on my business website!
Yes, we searched the internet – but there were so many search results coming up!!!! And we did not know which is your business page!
(Probably it was more like:
One of *these* pages is for business?!?).
You could have sent me an e-mail – I am usually very responsive! My e-mail address is on all my websites.
There was no e-mail address!
Uhm… sorry… I am very active on the internet … it is maybe difficult to sort all that out …
So it was all in vain.
I have a business page, three personal websites, this blog, and a German blog, and some weird older web projects. My usual response to an enthusiastic
I have checked out your website ! :-) !!
And each and every of those sites has this overly correct legal information notice our online media law demands of me.
I even add the e-mail address though I might not need to.
As the Subversive Element I note on top of the legal information block:
Adding legal information to a site like this constitutes an act of subversion in its own right
Legal information needs to be accessible in a simple way, via a single click from any page. You then argue at court over the definition of simple and single click and if your visitors could or could not infer from a URL title such as contact that address information is to be found at this URL.
Most German wordpress.com bloggers have a legal info page longer than my most extensive posts. The About page of this blog is, at the time of writing, most likely illegal as the linked legal information is two clicks away from any post.
Tinkering with this was just a tiny part of The Website Resurrection Project – I have re-written loads of content, and didn’t leave any of the code or design untouched. All for the sake of clarity and serving the internet community well – and because I don’t have much other hobbies.
Using a browser I never use to logon to Google, a search for my name brings up a reasonable collection of results – my personal site being in the first place, legal info one click away.
Google has honored my efforts by recognizing my authorship for this website although I did not do take ownership in the Google-technical sense for any site – as my nerdy readers might have noticed on this blog. I wanted to save my pseudonym elkement and not trade it for the real name Google+ forces you to use.
I don’t think there should be any difficulty to spot my contact data. I am happy with the ranking – I am just worried about the subversive stuff is given less weight than the business-y. But that does not prevent clients who are my business social networking contacts from asking me for my contact data again – on Facebook!
So what’ the problem?
For German readers: Here is the law(s).