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Re^4: What will Google do next?

by xorl (Deacon)
on Apr 11, 2006 at 19:57 UTC ( #542650=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: What will Google do next?
in thread What will Google do next?

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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