Thursday, July 30, 2009

Spokeo: Spooky as hell!

I recently came across Spokeo ( The website calls it a "unique people search engine specialized in finding online activities across various social networks and public databases. "

Unique it is for sure. But it is creepy. Spokeo crawls all your so called friends activities across the web (I found photos on Picasa and Photobucket that were never shared with me, Nanny wanted ads posted and activity across different social networks).

What makes it even more scary is that you can snoop on your friends without their knowledge or consent. AND the people you are spying on don't even need to be your friends. If you ever had an email exhange with them, Spokeo will use their email address to cross check over 40 sites including social networks, business databases, ecommerce stores, and other public databases. Think about that for a second.

Their new version also includes a business edition. Well it will certainly help the business of private investigators and stalkers.

Btw, if you ever visit their site (I know you are curious), don't enter your gmail or yahoo password.

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