There was once a time that your phone number was handled as a closely guarded secret, and you would only pass it on to those you knew and trusted. But, our latest Weekly Web Highlight shows just how times have changed, and what happens when you let those all important digits slip into the public domain.
Textastrophe is a Tumblr site set up to follow one mischievous smartphone owner who decides to make a note of mobile numbers he comes across on Craigslist classifieds advertisement website, and then gets in touch.
On delving into the site’s archive there’re pages of entertaining exchanges that showcase a collection of prank text messages. The witty creator, who wishes to remain anonymous, compiles comical messages that mean you never really know which direction the conversations will end up going.
The serial-prankster said: “Next time you post your phone number in a public place, think again. This is a collection of text messages I’ve exchanged with people who have done just that.
“Textastrophe is just a way of uncovering the hilarious relationships one can have with these unwary strangers. It brings a novel and modern-day spin on the age-old practical joke.”
Hopefully these bizarre encounters will make you a little more wary when handing out your phone number, because you wouldn’t want to become Texastrophe’s next victim.
It really is a great site and guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Be warned though it contains some language that might be unsuitable for the more timid reader.