My friend forwarded this to me. I'm usually skeptical of any mass-e-mailing (the world will end if you don't pass this on to twenty people!) but this one actually checks out. I love Google - G-Mail is off the hook - but I'm not sure if I want the entire world beating down a path to my door. Unless they've got a present for me. I like presents.
Anyway, read the post. Enjoy your anonymity.
"Google has implemented a new feature wherein you can type someone's telephone number into the search bar and hit enter and then you will be given a map to their house. Everyone should be aware of this! Note that you can have your phone number removed or blocked. Before forwarding this, I tested it by typing my telephone number in google.com. My phone number came up, and when I clicked on the MapQuest link, it actually mapped out where I live. Quite scary.
Please look up your own number. Read below for details. Think about it--if a child, ANYONE gives out his/her phone number, someone can actually now look it up to find out where he/she lives. The safety issues are obvious, and alarming.
In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, go to:http://www.google.com/ Type your phone number in the search bar (i.e., 555-555-1212) and hit enter. If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging your private information, simply click on the telephone icon or the "Phone results" link next to your phone number. Removal takes 48-hours. If you are unlisted in the phone book, you might not be in there, but it is a good idea just to check. If your number does come up if you hit map, it will show you a direct map to your house..."