Find People Online: How to Search for Someone on the Web
By Wendy Boswell, About.com Guide
- Use Search Engines to Find Someone
- Social Networking: The Online Water Cooler
- Specific People Search Sites: Free Tools You Can Use to Find People
- Public Records: How to Snoop for Government Information
- Social Bookmarking: Share Your Favorites with Other People
- Connect With Other People Online
Use Search Engines to Find Someone
Search engines are powerful tools, and you can use them to assist you in finding someone: track down addresses, look up phone numbers, search for maps, and more.
- Google People Search
- Zoominfo to Find Business and Work Information
- Fifteen Specific People Search Engines
- Yahoo People Search
Social Networking: The Online Water Cooler
Social networking is taking off in a big way, and for good reason: it's a great way to connect, learn, and discover; not to mention you're bound to make some new friends along the way. Learn how you can leverage social networking sites to make your Web searches better and connect with other people.
- What is Social Networking?
- Google+ 101: An Introduction to Google's Social Network
- How to Use the Real-Time Web
- How to find blogs you're interested in
Specific People Search Sites: Free Tools You Can Use to Find People
There are plenty of great sites out there that can help you in your quest to find someone, and best of all, they're all free. The Web is the best possible place you can start if you really want to look up someone online.
- Use MySpace to Find High School Classmates
- MSN Groups
- Use the Web To Find a Prison Inmate
- Use the Web to Find a Roommate
- Free Military People Search
- The Best Free People Search Sites
- A Step by Step Guide to Finding Someone Online
Public Records: How to Snoop for Government Information
It's utterly amazing how much information is available online, including many types of public records and a huge variety of government resources. You'll be surprised at how much you can rustle up on the Web with very little effort - you just need to know where to look.
- The Top Twenty Essential US Government Web Sites
- USA.gov, the US Government's Official Search Portal
- Use Clusty to Find Government Information
- Top Ten Places to Find Free Public Records
- Find Your State DMV Online
- Google Uncle Sam
- Help with Military Records and Information
- Where do I find a mugshot?
- Use the Web to do a Free Background Check
- How to Find Public Records by State
- How to Find Obituaries Online
- How to Find Criminals in Your Neighborhood
- Find Records at VitalRec.com
Social Bookmarking: Share Your Favorites with Other People
Do you like to share stuff with other people? Of course you do! With the advent of social bookmarking sites - sites that make it as easy as possible for you to broadcast what you like - this is as simple as pie.
- Top Ten Social Bookmarking Sites
- Save Web pages with Iterasi
- How to use del.icio.us
- Find new addictions with Tastespotting
- Share your shopping lists with Wists
- Share your iPhone photos at Natuba
- Best Digital Photo Sharing Sites
- Publish and Share Documents with Scribd
Connect With Other People Online
Did you know that you can use the Web as a dating service? How about for talking instantly to other people, or chatting with people in public forums from all over the world?
- Top 12 Free Online Dating Sites
- Five Things You Can Do With Craigslist
- See What People Are Talking About with Technorati
- Send Quick Messages with Twitter
Look Up a Phone Number On the Web
Using a phone book is SO over! You can use the Web to look up a phone number, trace a call via reverse look-up, even look up 1-800 numbers.
- Five Ways to Find a Cell Phone Number
- How to Find a Phone Number Online: Nine Different Ways
- How to Use Google for a Reverse Phone Lookup
- Use Google to Find Phone Numbers
- How to Trace the Location of a Cell Phone
Maps are probably one of the most innovative Web services online today. You can use a map to find driving directions, geographical landmarks, addresses, local businesses, and much more.
- World Time Zones
- Mapquest Road Trip Planner
- Google Maps Walking Directions
- Printable Driving Directions
Find an Email Address
If you're looking for an email address - either to connect or to verify one that you already have - the Web can be a good resource.
- How to Find an Email Address
- How to Find Information Using a Reverse Email Search
- Use an Email Address to Find Someone on Facebook
How to Find an Address
Addresses, both residential and business, can be found using various Web resources.
- How to Find an Address Using a Reverse Search
- How to Look Up a Zip Code
- Driving Directions
- The Yellow Pages Online
The Deep Web
The Deep, or Invisible, Web is a unquenchable source of free information, not readily found in simple search engine queries, but findable nonetheless. There are Deep Web search engines you can use to uncover information about people you wouldn't readily find in a simple search.