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I was woken up out of a sound sleep at 1:22 am by my cellphone ringing. After the disorientation and the heart-pounding comes the lying-there period where I negotiate with myself about whether I'm going to actually get up to see who it was. I can tell from the beeps that the person didn't leave me a voicemail message. That's good, right? If it was someone who really wanted me, they'd leave me a voicemail. If it was someone who knows me really well and it was really, REALLY important, they'd call my landline. Right?

But it's an edgy feeling. You lie there and think about all of the bad news it could be; especially when your brain is kind of in that place already. What now?

Get up to look; don't recognize the number. Ugh. Go back to sleep.

Now here's the slightly unsettling part, although not for the reason you might think. This morning, I put the phone number into Google. And there she is: my wrong-number caller. Her name, her address. Click a link, and I'm looking at a satellite image of her HOUSE. (She's lucky; streetview hasn't quite gotten to her area yet.)

Now THAT is freaky.

(Yes, I then went and googled my own phone numbers. Nothing comes up for them. Good.)

Date: 2008-10-01 02:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miera-c.livejournal.com
I remember when Google announced this feature. There was an option to block them from showing the whole map to your house, etc. I put my number as well as my parents' in to block people from finding them.

Date: 2008-10-01 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eregyrn.livejournal.com
Yeah; I wonder if I did that, and don't remember? (Hmm, good; my Mom's doesn't come up, either.)

Date: 2008-10-01 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suzvoy.livejournal.com
CREEPY.

Date: 2008-10-01 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenlev.livejournal.com
Wow, that is unsettling all the way around. I hate middle of the night calls. *hugs*

Date: 2008-10-01 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] my-tallest.livejournal.com
Never gonna hide my home phone number, but that's my choice. I know plenty of people who don't want to give theirs away, and I understand their reasons. Still, I don't think being in the phone book, and so googleable, is the end of the world.

Of course, mine goes to a land line I'm barely ever there to pick up...

Date: 2008-10-01 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eregyrn.livejournal.com
I don't think being findable in a phone book (i.e. having one's name linked to one's phone number in a findable way) is weird. The only thing I find weird is how Google helpfully gives me the link to the thing where I can peer at a satellite image of the person's house (and for many other locations, I could look at a street image as well). That's the part that's giving me pause.

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