Monthly Archives: February 2012

How to Remove Yourself from www.Spoke.com and Center.Spoke.com

This is an update to my 2010 article about removing yourself from Spoke. Since that time, the original Spoke service split into two variants: www.Spoke.com and Center.Spoke.com.

To remove your profile from both services, their FAQ provides the steps needed:

I found my Profile in search engines like Google and I don’t want it there. How do I remove it?

Both members and non-members of Center.Spoke have the choice to remove their profile from being viewed in search engines, although the process for each is different. Members can remove their information using functionality for managing their profile. Simply edit your privacy settings to ‘Private’ and the profile will be removed from any Search Engine results.

If you would prefer to remove your profile from search engines, but are not a member, access your profile by searching for your name on Center.Spoke.com and choosing the profile you would like to remove. When viewing the profile, click the “This is me” button. On the next page, locate the ‘To suppress your profile, click here’ link on the right side of the next page and follow the instructions.

Please note, you will need access to a corporate email address to remove a profile, but that access to the email address associated with the profile you would like to remove is not mandatory. Center.Spoke requires a corporate email address to remove profiles so that identities can be verified and fraudulent claims can be avoided. If you do not have a corporate email address, please log a support ticket for further assistance.

How do I remove my profile from the new service, WWW.Spoke.com?

Removing member information from www.spoke.com is easy. We ask that you do so sparingly, as the collective value to the business information ecosystem is made greater by every relevant piece of data that we are able to provide it with. However, that being said, we are sensitive to the fact that not every business professional wants to have a presence on the internet and for these cases, we’ve put in place a process that you can use to request suppression.

First start from a page on www.spoke.com (note that if you are reading this, you are on center.spoke.com, not www.spoke.com). Simply go to your profile page, click the link at the bottom that will initiate this removal process, and submit the completed form. After we have approved your request, it is important to note that it can take from a few days to several weeks for links to a profile to be fully removed from search engines’ rankings. Unfortunately this part of the process is not under our control and is dependent upon the indexing activities of the search engines.

After following these steps, your Spoke.com page will probably appear up in search results for a little while, but should eventually clear stop. In any case, anyone clicking on my profile will just see the message “This profile is no longer available”.

I recommend not installing their toolbar or providing any further information on the site. You should be able to give just enough to “claim” your profile, then disable the public view of it.

Galaxy Tab 10.1 HTTP Proxy Settings

In a previous note about debugging HTTP traffic from Android tablets using Fiddler, I had recommended using the Android app HTTP Proxy Settings because my version of Android didn’t have direct support for setting the HTTP proxy manually. Now with my latest Android 3.1 updates, my Galaxy Tab 10.1 does support this directly, but it’s not quite obvious how to change it.

Here are the steps to manually set your own HTTP proxy for the Galaxy Tab:

First, tap on the Settings → Wireless & Network → Wi-Fi settings. Under the list of Wi-Fi networks, tap and hold on your currently connected network:

Tap and hold on your Wi-Fi connection

Find the Wi-Fi network you’re connected to, and tap & hold

When the choice pops up, select Modify Network:

Tap on Modify Network

Tap on Modify Network

Next, in the network settings dialog, scroll down to find the Proxy Settings entry. (You may want to drop the onscreen keyboard to make it easier to find.) Change the Proxy Settings choice to Manual, then enter the proxy hostname or IP address, and the port number:

Manual Proxy Settings

Change Proxy Settings to Manual, then enter hostname (or IP address) and port number

With these changes in place, all HTTP traffic from the Android browser should now connect through the proxy you specified. In my case I’m using Fiddler on a Windows PC, so I’m using the IP address of that PC, and the default Fiddler port of 8888.

Remember to change the Proxy Settings value back to None when you are done testing.

Also note that these changes only affect the Android browser, and don’t work for other Android applications.