It’s true – you can find me on Facebook, Twitter and my own blog about motherhood, but that doesn’t mean I want to be found just anywhere. Unfortunately, once you start using the Internet as a personal palace, online companies and advertisers think that it’s okay to use your information anywhere.
Welcome Spokeo – an online phone book that has plenty more information than just your name and phone number. Instead, this virtual phone book posts everything anyone could ever want to know about you, such as your home’s value, credit score, age, marriage status and more. To get a little more personal, the site draws from things you’ve posted on the web, such as Facebook photos and video clips.
I played around with this site for awhile after hearing about it on – ahem Facebook – and found it to be a bit disturbing. Of course it was fun to poke around at this information, but I certainly didn’t like having actual photographs of my family’s home on display for all to see, not to mention when the home was purchased, how much it was worth, and who was in my family.
The good news – you can get yourself off Spokeo by searching for yourself, finding the URL and then pressing the privacy button. I wouldn’t wait!
Image c/o http://www.spokeo.com/