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asleep at mal 9/09
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this is true - pulled up directions to the ranch from the phone number 
12/1/03 10:22
asleep at mal 9/09
Found this very interesting and scarey. IF your phone number is unlisted supposedly your address will not appear, but mine did.

Google has implemented a new feature wherein you can type someone's telephone number into the search bar and hit enter and then you will be given a map to their house.

Before forwarding this, I tested it by typing my telephone number in google.com. My phone number came up, and when I clicked on the MapQuest link, it actually mapped out where I live. Quite scary. Please look up your own number. Read below for details.

Think about it--if a child, single person, ANYONE gives out his/her phone number, someone can actually now look it up to find out where he/she lives.

It's just another privacy issue I have a problem with.

To test whether your phone number is mapped, go to: Google http://www.google.com/>

Type your phone number in the search bar with or without dashes (i.e. 555-555-1212 or 5555551212) and hit enter.

If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging your private information, simply click on the telephone icon next to your phone number. I removed my name, but it takes 48-hours. If you are unlisted in the phone book, you might not be in there, but it is a good idea just to check.

Please forward this information on to friends and family that would like to remove this
information from google.
Comments 
12/1/03 7:41 (UTC)
yup, theres the map to your home. Thats terrifying. Thankfully, my number does not work for this. Thanks for posting this info though.
12/1/03 7:53 (UTC) - Yiyeeee!
My roommate and I are there! Did the same.
12/1/03 7:55 (UTC)
Thanks, hon!
12/1/03 8:21 (UTC)
Jeebis, that's creepy! Thanks for posting, I just removed mine!
12/1/03 8:31 (UTC)
I would just like to mention that you bear an unsettling resemblance to my Ex-Wife, circa 1997, in that user icon.
12/1/03 8:27 (UTC)
A) This is not new. I first got this email forwarded to me in May.
B) This is not unique to Google. They pull it off of the Phone Company. Blame your Phone Company.
C) So what? How many people are going to truly stalk you because of GOOGLE? We all have people that we want to keep our addresses from, but is this really such a raging terror because TEH GOOGEL LISTED U!!!111!!!!!!

Chances are, if someone wants to get your ass and has your number, listed or not, you're in trouble anyway. If I had your phone number, I could find you. WITHOUT using Google.

Posting this stuff in LJ is not as bad as spamming friends with it, but at least check Snopes first please, or LJ cut your "warning".
12/1/03 8:48 (UTC)
Wow... that's freaky. My parents number lists, but mine does not. We're both in the book. The difference is that I have service with Comcast, who must not report the same way. Go comcast!
12/1/03 9:00 (UTC)
can't catch me.
12/1/03 10:35 (UTC)
boy howdy, am i glad i have been paying my 4 bucks a month or whatever for an "unlisted" number... that shows right up when it is googled....
*rolls eyes*
what d'you think the odds are of me getting a refund from verizon?
12/2/03 9:48 (UTC) - hmm
Well if you know somebody's name can't you look them up in a phonebook anyway and get their address? I guess it's not quite as creepy as directions too, but then if my experience with internet directions is about the same as everybody elses then people trying to find my house that way will end up in Georgetown South or Manassas Park with all the wanna-be sub-suburban gansta brats.
12/3/03 8:42 (UTC) - interesting results
It came up with the previous owner of my phone number, but not mine. Of course, I've only had mine for about two months now, so that may be a factor.

Samantha and I accidentally gave whoever it is some free Giant Bonuscard points too. We gave them our new phone number when we were buying something and forgot our Big Brother Is Watching You Bonuscard, and then realized our goof upon seeing the name of someone else on the receipt.

So I guess Big Brother is looking in the wrong direction in our case! ;)
12/12/03 9:45 (UTC)
For what it's worth, it doesn't cost any money to have your phone listed in whatever name you want, and it's FREE! I listed mine (with Verizon) under an alias, with just the city and state, and that's all that shows up in Google.