The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

24 March 2005

It ain't me, babe

N. Z. Bear warns of the dangers of Google's reverse telephone-directory lookup.

In the past I've not found such things particularly reliable, but I duly plugged in the ten digits anyway, and found, to my surprise, that I live in a duplex north of 23rd and Ann Arbor.

Also, that I'm a girl.

(Neither my alternate number nor my wireless number produced results.)

Posted at 6:30 AM to PEBKAC

In one of my classes, a young lady was railing against the fact that someone could type your address into Google and get a map to your place.

I commented that something like that there was another entity where you could find a person's name and address, and even their location. In fact, it had been around for years; it was called "The Phone Book."

Posted by: Craig at 3:08 PM on 24 March 2005

What's worse, they've been searchable online for quite some time. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 4:47 PM on 24 March 2005

heh. that cracked me up.

Posted by: aldahlia at 7:22 PM on 26 March 2005

Incidentally, someone called today to speak to the young lady who doesn't have that number anymore.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:22 PM on 30 March 2005