Phone to home

A friend sent me a message warning about a new Google service: If you give someone your phone number, you could be providing your name, home address and a map to your home. Go to Google, type a phone number in the search bar and hit the Mapquest or Yahoo Maps link. Voila.

I tried it on my home number. Since I’m not listed by address in the phone book, the best Google could do was spotlight my zip code.

If you are revealing more than you wish, click on the phone icon next to your number and remove your name.

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  1. You have been able to get info like this for quite a while with sites such as

    I think the only way not to be included in these services is to not be listed in the phonebook in first place.

    Google just makes it easier, I guess.


  2. They explain it here.

    IIRC InfoSpace will also do something like this.

  3. I don’t see a Mapquest or Yahoo Maps link. Am I blind or did they pull the service?

  4. It’s not new. I don’t know exactly when it began, but searching Google groups for “phone book” turns up a few posts, the earliest being from December 2001.

  5. Ken Summers says:

    There are many reverse-number search engines (both phone and address). Freality is a one-stop place for them, but as near as I can tell, all are based only on listed phone numbers (address searches are based on phone listings).

    The only thing new, I guess, is that it may be more obvious to people that these searches are available.