Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Finding phone numbers without phone books

Well, we've ruined another institution - that of the telephone book - those 5 lb. books we recycle every year. The Yellow Pages may live on, due to advertising support, but it looks like the White Pages are a thing of the past. New York Times story here.

So how will you find phone numbers?
Start with, and click either business or person at the top. Unless you really need to find someone, try to avoid clicking on the pay-to-view links that say something like "We have all the information for ... "

Also try or, and stick with these professional online directories, so you don't get caught by a spammer. You can even use or Google, putting the person's first and last name together in quotes, and type the word phone after the quotes, like this:

"Roger Ampersand" phone