I don’t know about other sections of the country, but local media here in Atlanta has been abuzz about Spokeo.com, an Internet website that promises to give you access to the 411 on any and everybody for a monthly fee of $2.95. A cousin of mine gave me the heads up last night and local CBS affiliate Channel 9 ran a story this morning.
The company, according to its website, aggregates public records and provides access to information on a person’s wealth, income, e-mail address, property address, telephone number, and social networking information. They also provide subscribers with access to photos that someone may have placed on their social network page.
This is a private investigator and divorce lawyer’s dream come true. For a nominal fee, these guys can really get into your business.
The concept overall is not new. A number of websites have been providing subscribed access to aggregated information for years. What is scary here is that Spokeo appears to be able to access social networks to get information in addition to what is in a court record.
If that is truly the case, I wonder what that would do to Facebook’s valuation? If people are afraid to provide Facebook with all that cheap content in fear that Spooky-O is going to get a hold of it, then Facebook’s value should be taking a dip south. Then again, we’ve seen stranger things and it will be interesting to see how this plays out if people start opting out.