Friday, March 26, 2010

Spokeo Their Site

If you've got a kid of a certain age, you know the joke making the rounds:

Q: How do you wake up Lady Gaga?
A: You Poker Face.


There's a new information aggregator site out there. I saw a Snopes tweet about it yesterday. And then I headed over, first to Snopes and then to Spokeo.

Go ahead and search for your name on Spokeo. And then come back.

You back? Is your heart racing? Yeah, mine did, too.

I did the opting out for me and mine. Only, get this, I've yet to hear back from them. What does that mean? Well, I'm guessing I just gave the assholes at Spokeo an email address to go along with all the other information about me they have compiled. Can there be any other explanation as to why I've not received the promised email information about how to complete the demand that they remove my information from public searches?

Yes, information is out there to be had. Of course it is. But do we have to make it so easy for people to know precisely where I live and how old I am and if I have children and how many live in my house and what types of cars are in my driveway?

They misnamed their company. They are Spookeo, man. And they suck.


[Photo courtesy Dailymail.co.uk.]

6 comments:

Tara R. said...

I opted out too.. thanks for the heads up. I did get the confirmation email, but it was still too spooky.

Patois said...

It's the fact that I didn't get that damn confirmation email that is frosting my ass.

mayberry said...

I also got the confirmation email. I haven't yet gone back to see what happens if I search my name again. The thing that freaked me out the most (lots of my info was wrong anyway) was the photo of the street in front of my house!!

Magpie said...

Huh. I don't show up, either under my "real" name or my nickname, and my husband shows up, but listed at his parents' house, which hasn't been his legal address since like 1983...

Jomama said...

Thanks for the warning! If you did not get the email, I think you should search yourself again and resubmit. Maybe try a different email address if you have one?

chichimama said...

Didn't show up at any of my previous addresses or my current one, and neither did my husband. Now I have to go search and see how they compile their data, the geek in me demands it :-).

Thanks for the heads up though, lots of other folks I know did show up and I will alert them...

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