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Subject: How much profile information is visible?
Date Posted: 7/3/2009 10:49 PM ET
Member Since: 10/2/2007
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Would someone do me a favor and check my profile and tell me if you see my full address?  I don't want it to show, and it has never shown before, but today I noticed it when I went to view my own profile and it was a bit unnerving. 

When I've viewed other's profiles I don't see their full address, so I'm hoping it's just that we can all see our own address, but it's hidden from others.   Hmmmm....I guess I'm also wondering now....do you see you your own full address when you view your own profile? 

I would appreciate someone checking for me and letting me know what you see (in the personal information section) - just to put my mind at ease (I hope). 

Pretty please?



Last Edited on: 7/3/09 10:51 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/3/2009 10:51 PM ET
Member Since: 6/29/2007
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No address there!

Name: Becki B.
Location: FRANKLIN, IN
Age: old enough
Member Since: 10/2/2007 10:57 PM ET
Last Login: 7/3/2009 10:37 PM ET
Website: http://www.fieldlilies.blogspot.com/


Last Edited on: 7/3/09 10:51 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/3/2009 11:07 PM ET
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Okay.  Thanks a bunch, Mary.    Did you, by chance, check your own profile and see if your full address shows?   I know this information didn't use to show.  Did it?  Or am I losing my mind?  I'm growing less sure by the minute.

Date Posted: 7/3/2009 11:09 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2008
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You should keep in mind that it's very easy to track someone down even using the minimal information available in your profile. Plenty of places to find information online. I could take the information in your profile and find your address in less than 24 hours. Not that I'm going to do so, but I could. I say that since I see that the web site you listed is blogspot. Most people give way too much information away on blogger sites.

Date Posted: 7/4/2009 1:25 AM ET
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Thanks, Tim.   I know I'm pretty traceable if someone actually wants to find me for some reason (long before I started blogging, in all honesty).   And perhaps it makes no sense that I'm comfortable with that, but seeing my address right there in my profile (when I'm sure it hadn't been there before) was troubling because it was my understanding that this info wasn't visible (except to someone who is sending me a book). 

I'm good now, though.  Everything is actually as I understood it to be.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 7/4/2009 9:27 AM ET
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When you look at your own profile, you will always see everything.  There is a disclaimer on the page that says "This is not what other see."  My address can show on my since it is a PO Box, so I am not that worried.