Some blog authors use their email address in their RSS feeds to denote their identity as “creator.” Google’s Blog Search displays these email addresses without any encoding, so they are not hidden from spammers who scrape the web for valid email addresses. I’ve already changed my feed so my email address is not included; I already get enough spam.
As it stands, Google’s Blog Search leaves many people vulnerable, but otherwise it looks like a great service.
Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published September 14, 2005. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.