The ancient Greek philosophers have urged countless generations to “Know Thyself”. Now there’s a website that can tell you (and others) who you are with one mouse click.
Spokeo.com, a split personality website which marries online ‘white pages’ with an information gathering search engine, allows subscribers to search for individuals by name, location, ect. and relays information about marital status, household income, political affiliation, and other vital tidbits.
This site was a topic of discussion at our FPLD Genealogy Club meeting last night. Our speaker Robin Seidenberg reminded us that our information isn’t really private in this digital age. (BTW: Read Jennifer Holik-Urban’s review of last night’s meeting. It’s fantastic!)
According to their website, Spokeo is “a people search engine that organizes vast quantities of white-pages listings, social information, and other people-related data from a large variety of public sources. Our mission is to help people find and connect with others, more easily than ever.”
The really interesting aspect of this website, apart from the cute name and accurate mapping tools, is the epic failure of the information available.
According to Spokeo, I’m married, and live with my parents, three siblings, grandmother, and several cats in my parent’s home in Michigan.
Our house appraised at over one million dollars, I’m a Catholic, a Republican, and I run a home-based business. My hobbies are cooking and traveling. My astrological sign is Aries, and I enjoy reading books about fashion.
WOW! I’M MARRIED! REALLY? WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN? (Shouldn’t I remember something like that? I know some people would like to forget their marriage, but am I one of them?)
AND GRANDMA’S ALIVE! NO WAY! (Dude, she died a decade ago! But to be fair, we still get her catalogs and mail.)
I’ll admit my parents just had their kitchen remodeled, but I’ve dropped off their mortgage checks at the bank, and there’s NO WAY their home is worth one million dollars.Political and religious privacy aside, I don’t run a home based business.
Did they get anything right? Yes. My parents have a cat, I am an Aries, and I enjoy cooking and traveling.
And I could have found out more about myself, like my education level, my economic health, or my wealth level if I purchased a one-year subscription to the website for the ultra low price of $2.95 a month.
So, go to Spokeo.com, get to know yourself, and comment on your findings in the comment/reply section below, and let me know what you think.
In the meantime, if you find my husband on Spokeo, tell him to come home to my flat, because he doesn’t need to drive to my parents place. I want to start a family, and I need him to help me hang up the new curtains I bought and empty the trash before garbage day. Oh, and tell him we’re having my deceased grandma over for the weekend, so we’ll need to run a few errands before then.
See you at the Library!