The second was a bit more disturbing. Have you googled your name lately? I did (my non-pen name) last week. The results have put me in a curmudgeon mood. It amazes me that websites can steal your information from other websites, ones you may have chosen to post your information on, and then act as if it's perfectly OK. It's not.
Now, I'm not talking about the websites used for background checks such as Intelius. If you want a person's information at these sites, you must pay for it. I'm talking about websites who troll the internet and social networking websites for the information and then steal it from those sites. It's sort of like this: I give a good friend an album of photos of me that show where I've worked, where I live, and the bio of my life. She shelves it in wall bookshelves in her house. Then some burglar breaks into her house, steals the photo album, and uses it to steal from me. You see?
Then to add insult to injury, the information the website posts is grossly out of date or just plain wrong. That information is now connected to my name online and comes up in searches. That's how I found Yatedo(dot)com. Based in Paris, France allegedly, this website is an online burglar that does not care about the quality of the information they steal. They steal it, yes, and then have the balls, if you find them, to "please verify your account."
Yatedo gives you the option to edit your information. I skipped that option and went directly to the option of deleting my profile from the site. In the instructions for deletion (which were clear, a surprise), you are directed to go to your social networking sites and change the settings so that your information is no longer open to the public. This includes Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. For LinkedIn, the instruction was to change the public profile's setting for viewing by no one instead of everyone. I followed their directions.
Back at Yatedo, I continued the process of deleting my profile until I reached a window that asked me to verify my LinkedIn account. When I clicked on it, nothing happened. Of course not! My LinkedIn account was no longer open to the public and they could not link to it. The problem is, in order to proceed to the final step of deleting your profile, you must verify your LinkedIn account. Why? I'm deleting my profile!! Well, it's a catch-22 that is designed to prevent people from deleting their profiles.
Yes, I received a reply from Yatedo. It was a form letter that just repeated the instructions on their website for editing or deleting profiles.
So, I joined Reputation(dot)com. I'll let them deal with it.....