Allison emailed this to me earlier.
"There's a site called Spokeo.com and it's an online phone book that has a picture of your house, credit score, profession, age, phone number, how many people live in the house, etcetera. Remove yourself by the PRIVACY button on the bottom right. After you click REMOVE, it won't look like it did anything, but it sends you an email to confirm removal.
I'm not sure if it picks up information from social networking websites but it's very detailed. What an invasive use of technology! The data wasn't totally correct for me, but I still don't like that anyone can access this much information on me this easily."
Obviously, the creators of this site never dated The Elitist Loving Closet Racist Who Makes My Skin Crawl or they would realize that sometimes you just don't want to share your waffles with the world. Or your phone number that you had to change twice, but that's an entirely different story. Anyway, aside from being a creepy invasion of privacy, the whole idea of detailing people's personal information INCORRECTLY on the interweb seems enormously irresponsible to me.
What do I mean? Well, I searched my own name, and two of our properties showed up in their system. Only two, by the way. Let's see how accurate my information is on those two listings, shall we?
Age: early thirties
I am thirty. THIRTY, PERIOD. Do not add months to my age. I am not Chelsea Handler.
Married. I do not need the guy I kissed in fifth grade contacting me about giving our relationship a second try. Married, married, married.
Are you trying to start a fight with me, Spokeo?
Occupation: real estate
My name is not on a park bench, is it? Having a real estate license does not mean I want to sell your house.
Education: some college
I didn't sleep through five years of lectures for nothing. So says the paper on my wall.
Home Owner: yes
Residence: single family house
Credit Level: medium
I checked my credit score a few days ago, and the average was a 774. Is that medium? Let's all hope not.
Lifestyle & Interests: has children, is not interested in politics, enjoys shopping
Spokeo, if you and I meet at a party, I suggest you meander the other direction. And if we have to hang out, I'm going to need a cocktail. Or three.
I'm all about transparency, really, but this is ridiculous. If you're going to run around publishing false information then why not make me look good? Like, 'is kind to homeless animals and small people, flosses every single day, has a penchant for intelligently designed furniture, and was cheated out of a well deserved Nobel Peace Prize.'
THEN I WOULDN'T HAVE TO CORRECT YOU.