PEOPLE SEARCH - How to find someone - Locate a Missing Person
If you have someone's name and you want to find out information about them, you are performing a function known as "people search". This can be as simple as entering someone's name into Google or Facebook, Twitter or other site to see what comes up or as complex to hiring a private investigator to track someone down. On this page we will discuss the many options you have to perform a people search function online.
ENTERING THEIR NAME INTO GOOGLE (a.ka. "Googling someone")
On the surface, this seems like a very good way to find information connected to someone's name. After all, Google is the best search engine right? Well, yes it is, and that is where the problem arises. Unless someone has a really unique name, the search result from a Google people search may turn up hundreds or thousands of people with the same name, but no connection to your search subject.
To make a Google people search most effective, their name needs to be combined with something else you know about them! For instance, if you know Joe Smith works for Disney, now doing a google search for "joe smith disney" will produce fewer, but more focused results. Try entering as much information about the individual as possible when Googling them to reduce the number of false-positive results.
FACEBOOK, TWITTER, BLOGS OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA
Now were talking! With 500,000,000 (that's five hundred million or half a billion!) users and counting, it seems like everyone is on Facebook! Add in Twitter, MySpace, blogs and other social media it would seem like doing a people search using social media would be a snap.
But again, the sheer size of the user base presents some challanges. Just as with Google, or any people search task, the more information you have about the person, the better your results will be.
You may need to sign up for a free account to search for users, but it will be worth it. Facebook pages usually include photos, list of friends, links to places of employment, items of interest and more. If you are unable to find someone on Facebook searching for their name, try searching for people they may know. By finding Facebook pages of someone who may be a Facebook friend of your search subject, you may be able to find links that way.
There are online services that will also help you with your search. We like InfoRegistry as their information is always up-to-date.
EXTERNAL LINKS: Google, Facebook, Twitter InfoRegistry