A new Web 2.0 site, AboutUs.org, has its search bot out looking for bloggers. It’s goal is to set up Wiki pages for bloggers where readers will be able to see snap shots of the blogs, with reviews, comments and additional information. It looks to be a very good marketing tool and resource as it develops.
Fair enough, as writing About pages is something many bloggers struggle with and can be quite a chore. The problem is that AboutUs.org doesn’t stop with just the info on the blog. It will search and correlate information and references that can reveal personal information about the blogger, including their full name, address with a map, and other personal data in order to create a wiki open for all to see, and it does this without informing the blogger of doing so. Also, as the information gathered is set up as a wiki, it is open for any one to edit or change, including placing inaccurate or defamatory information on the site.
As of right now, AboutUs struggles with gleaning information from free hosted sites, such as WordPress.com, Blogger.com and LiveJournal. Blogs hosted on personal servers or registered domains are not so immune.
AboutUs provides OptOut information on this page, as well as instructions to code your pages so that its bot will ignore your site.
I recommend taking a hard look and a good read before it causes you trouble.