Are You Trying to Find Someone Online?

Have you ever “Googled” anyone looking for information. An old classmate, your ex, a potential employee? Well, Google's not the ONLY game in town anymore. There’s a handful of new PEOPLE search engines that make it easier to pinpoint a person by name, location, and place of employment. Here’s a short list from the tech site Lifehacker.com:

  • You can look up anyone's home address and phone numbers at ZabaSearch.com. It’s kinda freaky to see how easy it is to find information about YOU - but it could be a lifesaver when you desperately need a former coworker's phone number.  
  • Another popular new search engine is “people” – spelled PIPL. It’s a “deep search” engine that finds information Google often misses. Especially on people who use their "real" names online – instead of a clever monikers, like “online mama”… Their “hits” include personal web pages, MySpace pages, Amazon shopping wishlists, and mentions in the media.
  • If the person you're looking for might have an account on Friendster, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, or Xanga, try the search engine Wink – which searches all of those services at once.
  • Another great search engine for business purposes: Zoom Info. It pulls together people and company information to help candidates find the right job. It can also turn up a person’s employment history, job title, and whether or not they're currently looking for a job.  
  • Of course, Google’s a great search engine, too. To narrow your search and make it more likely you’ll find who you’re looking for, try this: Put the person’s first and last name together in quotes. That way, Google will search for those names together. You can further narrow the search by adding other relevant words, like their profession or the city they live in.
Now, jump onto that information superhighway and find out what you want to know!

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