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The Encyclopedia of the Missing (longreads.com)
45 points by samclemens 9 months ago | hide | past | web | 3 comments | favorite

I've observed that going "missing" -- incapable of being found by your old friends, social circle, family, co-workers -- isn't nearly as difficult as people assume. If you've ever helped organize a high-school reunion or similar thing, you'll know that finding most people is trivial with Facebook, LinkedIn, or by phoning around, even if they've moved to the other side of the continent. By something like 1 in 50 people are impossible to trace. I don't think it's necessarily deliberate; a few people don't keep in touch with anyone, don't use social media (or use it anonymously), don't tell family and friends when they move, etc.

Another anecdote: A couple years ago I saw a Forbes list of the world's billionaires where several members had no photos. Forbes wrote that they were unable to obtain a photo of the person. Can you imagine that? A leading news journal is unable to find public photos of several of the richest people on Earth.

Thought this was going to be about Missing 411: http://www.canammissing.com/missing_411.html

For those who don't know, the author of Missing 411 is David Paulides, a Bigfoot crank. It's been beaten up pretty good by people in the sanity-based community, here by the host of the Data Skeptic podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQhv3dEMFOc

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