GOOGLE-able??? RJ Privacy issue...

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    Feb 04, 2009 5:02 PM GMT
    Something was brought to my attention last night. A buddy of mine was online and google'd my screen name for shits and giggles. Lo and behold my profile on Real Jock, as well as links to posts I've made/participated in, and people quoting me on RJ on other sites all came up!

    I have the same screen name elsewhere but none of those populated. Not that I have anything really incriminating on this site but I do find it slightly alarming that anyone outside the community can find you within what I would consider a more private community so easily and readily.

    You guys may want to try it for yourself and see. And if you have any sensitive info that you may not necessarily want to go public with.... BEWARE!!!
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    Feb 04, 2009 5:17 PM GMT

    SHIT, NO EFFIN' WAY!!!!!!!! icon_eek.gif

    I better begin putting my e-mail ID and celfone no. across every pic I upload on my profile! Thanks for the heads up!!! icon_wink.gificon_cool.gificon_lol.gif
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    Feb 04, 2009 5:17 PM GMT
    even in the google archives...
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    Feb 05, 2009 1:22 AM GMT
    I think it's safe to assume that anything you put on the internet can be found. So exercise some discretion and think twice about the content you put out there.

    Also, there's an option to make your profile visible only to RJ members that are logged in. I'm not sure if the RJ admins allow the forums to be indexed by google though.
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    Feb 07, 2009 7:54 AM GMT
    The same happened to me, which is why I now have my screen name changed and my profiled revamped. An irritating guy that followed me and friends at a bar Googled my real name with "/Ace of Base Fan" next to it and he found all my postings here and on other sites.... He must have easedropped in on our coversation the whole time.

    And he was very fat and scary.
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    Feb 07, 2009 8:28 AM GMT
    Yeah, I've seen this type of stuff before from other sites. The only time I use this name is on this site and one other.

    I was at a party and someone told me they saw a personal ad I had and did a google search on my screen name. Every time he responded to my ad I didn't respond back. Apparently a blog I started a while before that and had abandoned came up. I told him it wasn't from me. I went home and deleted it. I hate that stalker shit.
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    Feb 07, 2009 8:34 AM GMT
    my original "22andbuff" and "nferno" profles are still on google


    wtf
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    Feb 08, 2009 1:08 AM GMT
    Wow, I did not know this! I thought items that were posted within the web sites were private from the web crawlers. I found my postings on google. Found other things associated with it too. I know to be careful on the web but this shocked me. Of course I entered a couple other screen names of guys I know and was a bit suprised at what I found including a YouTube video!!
  • ShawnTX

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    Feb 08, 2009 1:18 AM GMT
    You can read the forums and look at profiles without having to sign up, so it's no surprise that RJ profiles and threads are google-able.
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    Feb 08, 2009 5:02 AM GMT
    GREAT!! Now my mother will know I'm gay.
  • ShawnTX

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    Feb 08, 2009 5:05 AM GMT
    Too late! icon_razz.gif
  • GoodPup

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    Feb 08, 2009 7:10 AM GMT
    glad I use a different one for gay and non-gay websites. haha! maybe it would just be easier if I come out and merge the 2. LOL
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    Feb 08, 2009 10:52 PM GMT

    Omg .. I googled my name and it seems that it has some meanings in Afganistan and other places ...

    I need a new name ... this one was perfect though .. icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 09, 2009 12:35 AM GMT
    If you think Google is bad. You should try those "people search engines". It's scary to know what type of personal info is readily available.
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    Feb 16, 2009 4:54 AM GMT
    Hi! to avoid this situation, just change your profile preferences choosing "Allow only members who are signed in to the RealJock site to view my profile"