You’ve joined Facebook, Twitter, and have a blog; your contacts have grown from your next door neighbors, coworkers and school friends to folks all over your country and beyond and now one of them wants to send you a postcard.
Receiving a postcard seems like such a small thing, and relatively safe. Your friend seems nice; they are the like you in many ways, except they live 2000 miles away. But then you start remembering the stories.
Stalkers and other creepy types abound on the Internet. Molesters showing up at homes; spammers flooding mailboxes; undesired materials showing up at people’s door steps. You don’t want any part of that.
What’s a digital world person to do then?
I’ll let you hear the voice of Twitter.
You can see where this is headed. Giving out a real address is not considered good advice. The alternative? Business or PO Box.
Luckily, if you live in the US, the US Postal Service provides PO Boxes. You can read about that service here. Similar services are also available privately.
This discussion has sealed the deal for me. I’ll be PO Box shopping next week. How about you?
What will you do when you’re ready to get that postcard from Timbuktoo?