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Have You Googled YOU??

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Have You Googled You?

You might be surprised what turns up.  Sure, you've registered on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and maybe a few business accounts.  And, you have your web page.  But there are other sites that might just have your information too.  Information you didn't realize was out there.

A story on AOL caught my interest today and I wanted to share some high points in summary.

The official term is "aggregator".  An aggregator, according to Wikipedia, is the name given to a web site, or software that collects, filters and organizes specific information, in this case, found on the Internet.  Think of a tiny robot that compiles phone directories, business website information, social media, photo albums, government surveys, real estate listings -- you get the idea.  And advertisers can actually BUY this information from these aggregator companies and use it for their marketing focus.

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Think about some of the information that can be found about you online:  age, marital staus, phone number, children, interests, estimated income, photos, even aerial photos of your home.

Think of that information in an even more negative light:  income + house photos + family information = too much information for burglars, predators, and worse.

These are some of the sites that could have profiles stored with your information:  ZabaSearch, RapLeaf, Pipl, Intellius, PeopleSearchPro, Spokeo. Most of these sites have information or links to help you in removing this information from online sites.  However, you must remove your information from every site, or trace information back to it's origin - like the White pages - if you truly want to erase your private information.

Here's one thing you can do on your very own. Google your phone number, with the area code.  Your name, address and a map will come up too.  In case you didn't know, you can request to have that information removed.

business man looking at computer screen with hands foldedGoogle your email address.  It's very likely you'll see all the times you entered your email online.  Did you advertise on Craigslist?  Leave a message on a public forum?  It's on there!  ( Realtors: It's also a good way to check the validity of leads that come across your web site.  I recently received a lead for a home purchase - but the same email address was asking online for free diapers and formula in Washington State this past fall.  ...Probably not a qualified buyer.)

There are a few online companies that can help you with your online information.  ReputationDefender.com, Defendmyname.com, ReputationHawk.com and ReputationAccelerator.com.  This isn't a sales blog for these companies, they are just companies that came up in an online search.

This subject is something that people don't always think about.  Have You Googled You? With so much of our current marketing and networking,  both business and personal, available online, it makes sense that privacy control needs to be developing right alongside.

Defend your privacy, defend your families.  Realize that too much "transparency" isn't a good thing.

If I can assist you in your home buying or selling in Marana, Tucson, Oro Valley, or Vail, please don't hesitate to call me!  Email at swdeserthomes@aol.com

Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Tierra Antigua Realty, (520)909-2988   

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Comment balloon 7 commentsCheryl Ritchie • June 25 2010 10:56PM

Comments

Yes I have and it is so true, its scary what people can find out if they google you.

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) about 9 years ago

Yikes!  I haven't googled myself for a while and I guess that it's time to do it again!  Thanks for the reminder.

--Sara

Posted by Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS (iTexas Realty Co.) about 9 years ago

Wow!  I have googled myself and there are many things that come up mostly from Active Rain and other real estate sites.  I have removed my information from Spokeo.  It was all wrong anyway.  It is scary all the information that is out there.  We want to be found by potential clients, but not by potential stalkers.

Posted by Samantha Davault, Fort Worth, TX (Alexander Chandler Realty) about 9 years ago

Yes, I do Google myself frequently to see what others are looking at.

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips) about 9 years ago

Cheryl, I have never googled myself, but I will check it out to see all the areas that has my personal information.  Thanks for the great informative information.

Posted by Don Spera, Serving York and Adams County, PA (CR Property Group, LLC) about 9 years ago

Thanks for the reblog, Cheryl! Be sure to read the trail of comments on the original Have You Googled You - they are informative!

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) about 9 years ago

I have an automatic Google alert set up.  It's fun to see what turns up.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 9 years ago

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