Hate the people search?Apr 11th, 2009 | By msuunder | Category: Campus News, News
If you dislike the fact that all of your information is disclosed on the people search website, you may rest a little easier now.
The wonderful folks over at Missouri State University’s Department of Web & New Media have taken measures to protect your information that you don’t want people to see by implementing a “Hide from People Search” option, located here. While the ability to hide yourself isn’t inherently new, this way of providing it is. Previous to this implementation, you would have to have a FERPA hold put on yourself, which would then complicate everything surrounding your user account with the university, and could even limit what positions you could hold on student government, as some require your position within the organization to be public.
In addition to this, the whole search look has been revamped, and those of you that may have the FireFox plugin Operator may now add people to your email’s contact list directly from the detailed results page. You may wonder why we need these features, as probably less than 1% of FireFox users have this plugin, but Missouri State’s website takes an active stance to stay up-to-date with emerging technologies. Implementing hCards is not difficult, but it’s another way to stay ahead of the game. The functionality is provided for those that would want it.