Spokeo - find out how much your US friends are worth #mdfp


I thought it was time to revisit Spokeo http://www.spokeo.com and  http://pleaserobme.com/ - as you can now find out if they are out and worth robbing, adding Google maps street level enables you to plan the escape route. PleaseRobMe has made its point, however, Spokeo has not moved on. Trying a few friends in the US, I personally found the data was inaccurate (white and not back sort of level) or hopelessly out of date and a few have managed to hide their data.

Spokeo is not new launched in 2005 (USA) says it is a search engine specialized in organising people-related information from phone books, social networks, marketing lists, business sites, and other public sources. Most of their data is publicly available on the Web.  For example, you can find people’s name, phone, and address on Whitepages.com, and you can get home values from Zillow.com.  Spokeo’s algorithm can piece together (however not that well reading some of the reviews and my test) the scattered data into coherent people profiles, giving you the ‘some’ intelligence about anyone you want to find.

Time to revisit a few others I think….