Although this might come as a shock to many readers….nothing is really private on the internet anymore. With just the click of a mouse, you can pretty much find out anything about anyone. 123people is a site that was currently in private beta, but appears to have opened their flood gates to the rest of the net. They just announced that they have passed through U.S. Border Patrol, and have landed on the shores of the United States. Previously they were only being used in Europe.
123people aggregates all the information it could find about people, by using a plethera of sources. Normally, you would expect that the information you have out about yourself on Flickr, Google, LinkdIn and other highly used public sites are vulnerable to being accessed, but 123people even finds information about people through sites deemed to be a little more private like facebook!
123people also lauched some new features today, my favorite of which is the addition of using crowdsourcing data, which enables users to decide and rate the substance of the information on people, and even add some new info. Just be careful your colleagues enter the information you want. When doing a search it even shows your phone number which is quite creepy.
123people is not the sole site offering out this type of service. Sites like Wink and Spock, also offer similar functionality. Finding Craig Agranoff might be an easy task to do, but if you try to find someone with a more common name like John Jones, it might prove to be a difficult task.