Having someone unknown call us can feel pretty intrusive and creepy. In most cases, these unknown numbers are often from sales companies in faraway lands trying to get us to upgrade to a phone we don't need. However, for Hollywood A-lister Ashton Kutcher, he doesn't appear in the least bit worried about millions of people knowing his number.
Unlike most celebrities that protect their privacy within an inch of their lives, Kutcher took to his 18 million strong Twitter account to invite his followers to text him!
In a since-deleted tweet, the Two and a Half Men star tweeted, 'You can just text me'.
Of course, screenshots of this unusual tweet soon went viral. The tweet also saw him explain why he did it. "I miss having a real connection with real people. My Community. From now on you can just text me. I won't be able to respond to everyone but at least we can be real w/ each other & I can share the unedited latest & greatest in my world."
It was then that he gave people his number. "Yes this is my #."
However, it seems Ashton had this planned, as an automated response greeted those quick enough to text him before he deleted the tweet. "Hey it's Ashton. This is an auto text to let you know I got your message, everything else will be from me. Make sure you click on the link and add yourself to my phone so I can respond to you."
But here's when things weren't what they quite seemed.
In fact, the text message was just a link to a portal for Kutcher's start-up called Community.com, which seeks to 'provide clients (including influencers, musicians, athletes, brands, actors and their agents) to send and receive text messages from users... using a ten-digit Community Phone Number'.
While many didn't seem to care, others were a bit annoyed at having been duped into thinking a Hollywood star actually wanted to interact with them.
One social media user added that the text included a photo of Ashton and wife Mila Kunis at a basketball game, leading another to reply, "Oh so it is a mass text I got the same thing ha."
In other words, unless you become as famous as Ashton, you ain't getting his attention anytime soon.