Friday, May 04, 2007

Helping People find Me

Every once in a while, someone contacts me and says they had been trying to reach me for a while, but had an old email address. Then I find out that the address they have is one I haven't used for a decade or more. Brian Warner suggested that people who have several old, defunct addresses should publish them on the web someplace where Google might find and index them, so people who still have the old address will be able to get back in touch. I set up such a redirector about a month ago, and my old addresses page now comes up as the first result for most of my old addresses. It hasn't yet succeeded in helping someone reach me who couldn't any other way, but it might soon, since some of the easiest places to find my name don't provide working addresses any more.

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