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GUEST,ragdall Have you googled yourself lately? (76* d) RE: Have you googled yourself lately? 09 Jul 05

Well, I googled "ragdall" and found a couple of referrences to sites which quote posts on Mudcat that I hadn't posted. I have no idea why my name appears there. All other hits for ragdalls have no connection with me.

Googling my "real" name, I was surprised to learn that a magazine subscription is about to expire. Must they post that online? Surely there is some prohibition in a Privacy Act to prevent such things?

There are three referrences to web sites, which I own, or to which I contribute. Other than that, I do not exist online.

I have tried very hard to keep my online username(s) from being linked to my offline identity, ever since I was burned, many years ago, by posting an email address, my "real name", location and telephone number, in a Church's online guestbook. The email address also traced back to some posts on a web site at which members had been assured that information in posts would be treated as "confidential". The posts contained very personal information. The site owner added metatags to prevent further invasions by search bots, but the damage was done and the lesson was learned.

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