Computer Tips

Computer Tips 01/06 -- Google maps phone numbers

 ... most unpublished/unlisted numbers excluded in the Google directory.

From Bob Ross

Google has implemented a new feature wherein you can type your or someone's telephone number into the search bar and hit enter and IN MOST CASES you will be given a map to their house.

Everyone should be aware of this!

Type your home telephone number into Google's search bar and click the search button...MapQuest returns with a physical location of your phone number. You can then click on the link to the associated map from Yahoo Maps or MapQuest, which does give you a map, as well as driving directions, to that address.

Google does let you opt out of their phone book, and it's very simple to do.

So what should you do?

Obviously, that's up to you.

However, it is recommended that you type all your phone numbers into Google and at least see what information is displayed. Click here to give it a test. Google Home Page

The url is

Not all phone numbers are included. For example, most (but not all) unpublished numbers are excluded in the Google directory as are unlisted number or if you omit your physical address from your phone listings (which is a good practice).

Next, if you want to opt out, simply click on the link that says "Phonebook results for (123) 456-7890" (but of course use your own phone number).

Below the listings, you'll see "If you would like to have your PhoneBook listing removed, you can do so using our PhoneBook Removal Form." When you click it takes you to Removal form The url is

Then fill out the form.

Google says it will take 48 hours. We left ours as it is everywhere anyway.

It's important to realize, however, that this does not remove all your information from the Internet phone books.

January 6, 2006

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