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Create Your own personalized and private note watch agent A Calling Card - Note Watch Agent watches for notes which have been posted to you. In order for this agent to work properly - Describe Yourself - when filling out a Calling Card - Note Watch Agent form!

We understand that it is somewhat impractical to keep checking back for notes which someone may, or may not, have left to you here on our system. So we felt it might be a pretty good idea if we offered to keep you informed - give you a call as it were - every time someone left a note on our system that matched your general description (last name, age, gender, etc.). Hence our 'Calling Card - Note Watch Agent' system was born. You might compare it to a business card, but here it is a personal card or personal 'Calling Card - Note Watch Agent' and you are saying "If anyone ever leaves a note on Who? Me? that matches my general description, drop me an email and tell me about it."

Then anytime in the future when someone enters a note that meets your general description, our system will email you a notice to that effect, for free. Sounds easy, doesn't it? Well it is just that easy.

The limitation is that we will only keep one personalized Calling Card - Note Watch Agent on file for each email address.

The Calling Card is limited to either
1) Non-Adoption Related Searches (You were never part of any adoption)
- Your 'Last Name' (up to 6 allowed), Your 'Year of Birth (formatted 'YYYY')', Your 'Gender'
Minimum information is 'Last Name'. All last name matches are case insensitive, ignoring capitalization (e.g. Smith=SMITH=smith, but Smith<>Smithe). If you leave your gender then your gender must match note's gender. If you leave your year of birth, then note's year of birth must be close to your year of birth (+/- 5 years).

and/or...

2) Adoption Related Searches
- Any Adoption Related Note, Your 'Year of Birth (formatted 'YYYY')', Your 'Gender'
Minimum information is 'gender' or 'year of birth'. If you leave at least one last name then all last name matches are case insensitive, ignoring capitalization (e.g. Smith=SMITH=smith, but Smith<>Smithe). If you leave your gender then your gender must match note's gender. If you leave your year of birth, then note's year of birth must be close to your year of birth (+/- 3 years). The note's search reason must be 'Adoption' for a match be made.


Special Limits

Special limiting preference options are now available. It is now possible to limit the notices of adoption related notes to the age and gender of the person who is searching. This applies to only adoption situations.

Example: Let's say you were given up for adoption 34 years ago. You have been happily married now for 12 years with three great kids who you raised from birth. Since you have never given up any children of your own for adoption, you would not be interested in posted notes from younger people, but you want to know if your bMother or bFather ever leave a note on our system where they would be looking for you. When filling out the form you can limit your Calling Card - Note Watch Agent to only send you notices of posted adoption related notes where the person who posted the note is older than you (possibly from your bMother or bFather) and any gender.

Example: Let's say were never given up for adoption, but you had to give up a son for adoption 30 years ago. You have always wondered how he turned out and want desperately to see him again. You can create an agent which is limited to adoption related notes from only searching men who are younger than you.

In both these examples you would be limiting the adoption searching type notices to those that are more probably for you. Eliminating those that are most definitely not for you.

Name Example (1): Your name is Bill Smythe. You just perfomed a search for any note in the system with the last name Smythe. You found two, but they were not for you. You don't want to keep checking back that often for notes, so you can create a personal Calling Card - Note Watch Agent for yourself.

Last Name ='Smythe', born = 1934, Gender = Male

Two months later, Jack Donnely leaves a note for 'Bill Smythe' born '1933', gender 'Male'. Our system will check Jack's new note against your agent and find a match - same last name, gender and year of birth (+/- 5 years) - and send you an email notice.

        Just a quick message from Who? Me?.       
        a note meeting your 'Calling Card' specifications
           Last Name: Smythe, 
           First Name: Bill, 
           Gender: Male, 
           Birth Year: 1933 (+/- 5 years)
        was left on our system [Jan 14 1996] by a [Jack Donnely] 
     
        You may want to click over to WHO-ME and check it.
  

Name Example (2): Your were born in 1944 with the name of Sue Kinders. You grew up and married with the last name of Burger for 10 years then divorced. Later you remarried and now your married name is Bishop. Someone, leaving a note to you, may remember you as Sue Kinders, Sue Burger or Sue Bishop. So you will want to leave a Calling Card with all three last names.

Last Name (1): Kinders, Last Name (2): Burger, Last Name (3): Bishop,
Gender: Female, Year of Birth: 1944

Each time someone leaves a note on our system a check will automatically be made to determine if there are any Calling Cards in the system matching the note. Matching anyone of the three names above, same gender and year of birth +/- 5 years. If a match is found an email message will be sent out to you.

Some time goes by and then a distant relative dies and leaves you her jewerly box which you showed so much interest in 30 years ago during a visit as a young girl. The estate lawyer has no idea where you live or what your name is these days, so he posts a note to Sue Kinder born 1942 (guessed at your year of birth).

   Just a quick message from Who? Me?.       
   a note meeting your 'Calling Card' specifications
   Last Name: Kinders or Burger or Bishop (<- System Match one name)
      Gender: Female (<- System Match)
  Birth Year: 1944 (+/- 5 years)
  was left on our system [Jan 14 1996] by a 
   [Bob Higgons, Higgons & Higgons Esquire] 
  
     You may want to click over to WHO-ME and check it.
  
A word of caution here.

If the last name you are using with this Calling Card - Note Watch Agent option happens to be a common name (Example: Smith, Chen, Gupta, Johnson, Galvez, Martinez, etc.) you will want to be sure to include a year of birth and gender in your search, otherwise, as time progresses, your agent will generate many more email notices to you from us than you like. You decide the best way.

Other considerations. If you create an agent with just your gender, then you will be getting a lot of notices, virtually everytime the note's gender matches. This is probably not going to be productive for you. And similarly if you use just your year of birth or just last name(s). Our agent system is looking for a reason to send you a notice. The correct items match and you get a notice. You be the best judge of how much or how little you want to provide on your personal agent. If at a later time you want to change your mind you can always come back in and modify or delete it.

Adoption Example: Your name is Sally Jones. You leave a 'Calling Card' for Adoption Related Notice and indicate you were born 1933, your gender is female and leave your Email address. Two months later, Mary Pickford leaves a note for 'Last Name Unknown' born '1934', gender 'Female' Looking for bMother. Our system will check our Calling Card file and find your 'Calling Card' (Adoption Related Note, Same Year of Birth +/- 3 years, Gender) and send you an Email message.

        Just a quick message from Who? Me?.       
         a note meeting your 'Calling Card' specifications
           Last Name: 
           First Name: 
           Gender: Female (<- system match)
           Birth Year: 1934 (<- system relative match +/- 3 years)
           Reason: Adoption (<- system match)
        was left on our system [Jan 14 1996] by a [Mary Pickford] 
    
        You may want to click over to WHO-ME and check it.