I've noticed recently that, when you ask an email correspondent for their contact information (those who don't include it in their e-signature), what one gets is different today than a few years ago.
Today, one gets:
- one or more email addresses,
- cell phone #,
- Twitter handle,
- various URL's to information on the web (usually LinkedIn, Facebook, the person's blog/tubmlr, et al.); and
What one doesn't get:
- a physical address
- IM name
- landline phone #
- Service providers (e.g., lawyers, accountants, consultants), who give reams of contact information, no surprise
- Executives in large companies with executive assistants (who, increasingly and humorously in some cases, have their own elaborate e-signatures)
- Folks outside the tech/media startup echo chamber in which I live
Interesting how address book technology hasn't kept up. In Outlook 2007, the version I use, there's no field for one's Twitter handle (one can still enter one's IM address/name), only space for one "web site", and no recognition in any of the "database fields" of the rise of social networks as a part of one's identity and "address".