Now, I live pretty much wide open, even though I have already had a stalker and wouldn't want to repeat that, so I don't even try to make this stuff hard to find. I'm MegaZone pretty much everywhere, and my home and work info is all over the net. But it is darkly fascinating how simple it is to find out a lot from just a couple of crumbs of data and human behavior.
And since I gave her the URL to this LJ in the email I sent, she's probably reading this and deciding I'm psycho or something. I considered emailing her about it, but couldn't think of anyway to say "BTW, I Googled you and found out a lot of stuff you probably would be uncomfortable with me knowing already" - without, you know, making her profoundly uncomfortable.
At least I'm a White Hat - maybe a little dingy and gray in places, but still basically white. :-)
Still, overall, fascinating. I mean, just about everyone I know, myself included, will Google a job applicant before an interview. And it is common to Google someone before dating them now. I gave up on trying to keep things private a long time ago because it is nigh-impossible, but I do feel for those who either don't realize how powerful the tools are (or how much info can be out there), or who try to keep things private and get caught in the info web anyway.
Well, that's my thought of the moment...