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Re^2: What will Google do next?

by eric256 (Parson)
on Apr 10, 2006 at 13:15 UTC ( #542268=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: What will Google do next?
in thread What will Google do next?

Websites have been around that do that for a very long time, but even before websites that did it you could always use a paper reverse directory or call information. Once you had the name you looked them up in the phone book to get an address. At least here its been doable for ages although i'll admit the satellite view is something new ;)

Just didn't want google to be catching the blame for something that has existed for ages! And yes I imagine the government has way more info than I'd ever want them to have which is as good of reason as any to fight illegal wiretaps. Cheers!


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Re^3: What will Google do next?
by spiritway (Vicar) on Apr 11, 2006 at 10:35 UTC

    The reverse indexes were usually quite expensive. We had them in the lawfirm I worked in years ago. You could get a guy's telephone number, look it up, and then call his neighbors, do whatever.

    The difference between this service and Google is simply availablilty. Anyone with access to a computer can find a person now, as long as the number is in the system (Google lets you opt out).

    I'm not singling out Google as particularly evil or scary; it's just that we were talking about Google here in this vote. And Google is among the best search services around. I like Google. I even used Google Earth to find the building I live in - it's kind of fun. Hey, I live right here! And I see that a neighboring building has a swimming pool on the roof. Maybe I can make friends with the doorman or something, and get in...

      The reverse indexes were usually quite expensive. We had them in the lawfirm I worked in years ago. You could get a guy's telephone number, look it up, and then call his neighbors, do whatever.

      The difference between this service and Google is simply availablilty. Anyone with access to a computer can find a person now, as long as the number is in the system (Google lets you opt out).

      I've yet to see a local library that didn't have one of the criscross directories. Having google provide it makes it slightly easier to obtain.

      The thing is, a lot of the information that the government collects and considers public record is not information that it has any business collecting. The same goes for most corporations.

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