Find Someone Online: Beyond Search Engines
If trying to find someone via a search engine doesn't yield results, it is still possible you could locate their email address if they regularly communicate online. Many of the most popular search engines also feature e-mail address search directories. Three straightforward, easy to use resources are:
- Yahoo! People - www.people.yahoo.com
- Bigfoot - www.search.bigfoot.com
- Infospace - www.infospace.com
Search several E-mail search engine directories to maximize your chances of success.
The main drawback of E-mail search engines is that in order to be listed, a person must either submit their E-mail address through registration, or post to groups or sites regularly updated on servers. Often, such postings are made using a fictitious or unrecognizable username.
Blogs are a free, easy way individuals can create their own mini-website. Millions of blogs are now online and millions more are created daily. You may be able to find someone via a blog directory if they use their real name to create a blog or to post a comment to someone else's.
Search blogs with the same techniques you use for search engines:
- Technorati - www.technorati.com
- Google Blog Search - www.blogsearch.google.com
- Blogpulse - www.blogpulse.com
There are many digital directories or free "people finders" online which you can search for free. It is possible a free people finder could provide a current address and telephone number of an individual, but be wary of paying for additional information they claim to provide for a fee. The data you pay for may be outdated, refer to someone else, or be free for you to locate on your own anyways!
Try a variety of free people finder services for the broadest search. The following are three of the largest, most popular services:
- Skipease.com - www.skipease.com
- Zabasearch - www.zabasearch.com
- Zoominfo - www.zoominfo.com
The internet is expanding at an astounding rate, and the information any internet search yields often changes on a daily basis. E-mail address and blog directories as well as online people finder services constantly strive to provide more information than the competition.
Make the most of expanding services with a persistent approach to internet search tools. Perform searches regularly and log your search activities. A strategic approach to internet search tools can maximize your chances of success.