February 16, 2005Google has implemented a new feature wherein you can type someone's
telephone number into the search bar and hit enter and then you will be
given a map to their house. Everyone should be aware of this! Note that you
can have your phone number removed or blocked.
Before forwarding this, I tested it by typing my telephone number in
google.com. My phone number came up, and when I clicked on the MapQuest
link, it actually mapped out where I live. Quite scary. Please look up your
own number. Read below for details. Think about it--if a child, ANYONE
gives out his/her phone number, someone can actually now look it up to find
out where he/she lives. The safety issues are obvious, and alarming.
In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, go to:
http://www.google.com/ and type your phone number in the search bar (i.e.
555-555-1212) and hit enter. If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging
your private information, simply click on the telephone icon next to your
phone number. Removal takes 48-hours. If you are unlisted in the phone
book, you might not be in there, but it is a good idea just to check. If
your number does come up if you hit map, it will show you a direct map to
your house... Please forward on to friends and family .