Online people-search directories make it easy to discover a wealth of private information simply by entering a name, address, and/or phone number in their search boxes.
Spokeo does a very useful thing: It takes data feeds from multiple social networks that you participate in (like MySpace, Xanga, etc), and gives you one overview page where you can watch what's up with your your buddies' pages.
Here are some examples of how you opt out from sites that harvest and collect your personal information.
commentary Thank you, I-Free, for ushering in a tipping point for online privacy. You freaked us out by showing us exactly what's possible with the info we're freely sharing online -- and maybe it'll finally make us all stop.
As Web 2.0 continues its path to Web dominance, we're managing more social profiles than ever before. That's why social aggregators can be such a help.
Online directories let people discover a scary amount of private information about you simply by entering your name, location, and/or telephone number in their search boxes.
Apps snooping on your address book, sneaky ad cookies, and social networking are bad. But the real privacy demon is the shadowy data brokers slurping up every last byte about you.
Keep track of everything social with FriendFeed.
Companies scour the Web to discover sites on which you are mentioned, rate your reputation, and attempt to remove negative or otherwise unwanted personal information--sometimes.
Track the progress of your friends with Socialthing.