Why do I have a profile when I have not signed up for Spoke.com?

I saw my profile on your website but I haven't signed up for the service. Why is this?
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    Spoke is building the most accurate and complete database of business information that we possibly can. If you are an active figure in the business world, we want to have coverage of you (as long as you are not actively trying to remove your existence on the internet -- in this case, of course we will comply). As a result, www.spoke.com offers access to profiles for tens of millions of professionals and companies, and we are growing every day.

    These profiles are aggregated and constructed through several information sources, including: information publicly available on the Internet, public records, but by far the best information that we have is contributed by our ever-growing community. If you've accomplished something within your given field, it's highly possible that a past colleague or a reader has created a profile for you (it can be done in a matter of seconds). Best of all if this information is outdated or inaccurate and you want to edit it -- simply click edit!

    Allowing members to augment public information about themselves, and others, while processing this data for redundancy and abuse, provides spoke members with the best possible resource for learning about specific industry verticals as well as the business ecosystem at large.
    • Do you have statistics showing the usability of this information, your site, etc.?
    • Hi Sherri,

      From a site statistics standpoint, tens of thousands of users come to the site everyday to find information relevant to their business, as well as to promote their work/brand by sharing expertise. From a more personal standpoint, we are developing a system to show users specific statistics about their own content & activity within the site. Stay tuned to the blog and user emails to hear more.

      Best,
      Spoke Support
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  • This company is a fraud. I am talking to my lawyer and they will be served with legal documents on Monday! yay me =)
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  • Hi Vakeesan, thanks for your comment. I understand that you don't want to have information published without your consent. To address your concerns as well as other people like you, we are committed to remove any person information in less than 48 hours. You can just go at the end of the Spoke profile you want removed and click on request for removal. Fill the form and we'll get it done for you.

    I am not sure how to answer the question of Spoke being a fraud at this point as you aren't giving any specifics. I can only take as a clue that you let your comment under this specific section of the site about publishing information without having signed up. That is indeed what we do, we are a publisher of business information about Industry topics, companies and people the same way other sites publish business information. We believe that there are inherent social values in having a profile listed with all the relevant information about somebody so that people get access to the right information at the right time. We also believe that to make it community based is important so that information is being kept objective. Of course, there are people who don't want to have information published about them and Spoke respects that because there are people who don't want to be known so we are committed to take their profile down in less than 48 hours.

    Philippe Cases, Spoke Software CEO
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  • Your "most accurate and complete database of business information" that you can possibly build contains a profile for me that I neither requested nor authorized you to create and is nearly 13 years out of date to boot! So much for the completeness and accuracy I guess. Your instructions for removing the profile are useless - there is not "Request Removal" button or link on my profile's page and I do not want to sign up for an account in order to remove my profile.

    Please tell me how to remove my profile - I'll give you 24 hours before I contact my state's AG office to file a complaint.
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  • Hi RoadRider,

    Thanks for voicing your concern. Building towards the "most accurate and complete database of business information" is a lofty goal, no doubt, but we're taking it on as our core company vision. One of the challenges that we face early on is updating all of the information that was created awhile ago. In order to help resolve your concern, you may choose to edit the data so that it reflects your career today, or of course we will be more than happy to remove it if that is your preference.

    The "Request Removal" link is near the very bottom of our person pages (in the footer) and if for some reason there isn't one on the page, it could be because you are viewing a 'Company' page as opposed to a 'Person' page. If you'd like our direct help, please feel free to respond to this with a URL to the page in question.

    Best Regards,
    Spoke Support
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  • You're right - there is a "Request Removal" button on the page but it's apparently invisible unless one searches for the text (at least in my browser).

    I have now submitted two separate requests for my listing to be removed yet it remains visible on your site,

    What's the story?
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  • Hi Roadrider, if you have submitted two separate requests, it is one too many. Our goal is to have any request like this handled in 48 hours as per our privacy policy. So I apologize for falling short on your request.

    I am not seeing which link you want to remove. If you could let me know the link in question by replying to this request. I will take care of it myself over the week end.
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  • ok. I have deleted it. it needs to go through our moderation system and we should be all set. You should receive a message from our support department on Monday.
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  • How can I find out who set up a page about me on Spoke.com without my knowledge?

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Page set up.
    • Hi James,

      Thanks for asking the question, there are three basically options for a page to appear:
      1) automatically generated by Spoke
      2) manually greated by a registered user
      3) manually created by an anonymous user.

      To figure out which one it is, you should look at the upper right corner of the page (page created by section).

      Note that people who also wants to remove a page from the site can do so by clicking on request removal at the bottom of the page.

      -Philippe
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  • Where is Spoke.com pulling information from on the internet? My information is very out of date.
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  • Hello Tim,

    Our data comes from both public and private sources, as well as from user-submitted updates, although some of our profiles haven't received updates for awhile. You are able to click on any of the edit buttons and update information that is out of date.

    Best,
    Spoke Support Team
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