5 Powerful Ways To Google People From Alternative Search Engines

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PeekYou thumb   5 Powerful Ways To Google People From Alternative Search EnginesThe verb “to google” was officially added to the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary in 2006. As the Official Google Blog clarifies the trademark, it should only be strictly used when you use Google to search.

But that doesn’t stop us from using alternative search engines to search for people, does it? Let’s look at 5 alternative search engines that work better than Google when you are searching for people online.

It is useful to remember, that another important use of people search engines is to find out if anyone is impersonating you online. If searches for your name reveal somebody else masquerading with your identity, you can take the appropriate corrective action.

Pipl

Pipl is a people search engine that searches the deep web, which is not typically crawled by search engines like Google.

Pipl   5 Powerful Ways To Google People From Alternative Search Engines

As you can see in the screenshot above, you can search via name, email, username and phone number. A simple search of my name revealed some of my online profiles (LinkedIn, Windows Live), several blog posts and webpages with my name, and surprisingly, all of the online avatars I’ve used on various social networks. Similarly, a search with my username ScepticGeek also returned relevant links to all the social networks where I use that username.

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Wink

Wink is a powerful people search engine that allows you to enter several search criteria. You can search by name, location, school, work, or interests like music, TV, and movies. So if you vaguely remember a school friend named Andy who liked rock music, Wink is your best bet in finding him on the web!

Wink   5 Powerful Ways To Google People From Alternative Search Engines

Wink has hundreds of millions of user profiles in its database. As soon as you start typing a name, Wink suggests matches from its database. For better results with Wink, you should include as many details as you can. Birthdays, high school or university, company, hometown, and interests ““ all help refine your search and find exactly the person you seek.

YoName

Using YoName, you can search for people using their real names, usernames, email address, or phone number on 26 different social networks including popular ones like Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, and Twitter.

YoName   5 Powerful Ways To Google People From Alternative Search Engines

For more information about how YoName can help you find lost friends, check out 3 Ways To Find People With Social Search Engines.

PeekYou

PeekYou is a people search engine previously covered in the MakeUseOf directory. Like with Wink, you can search using real name, username, location, work, school, and interests.

PeekYou   5 Powerful Ways To Google People From Alternative Search Engines

I was amazed at the accuracy of PeekYou in returning relevant results for my name. Apart from social networking profiles, the results also included links to background check information, shopping, web pages and blog posts, books, and images. You can further refine your search results by location, gender, and age.

123People

As described earlier in the MakeUseOf directory, 123People shows you an aggregated web page of the complete online presence of any person.

123People   5 Powerful Ways To Google People From Alternative Search Engines

Results include all publicly available information such as images, web pages, blogs, tweets, videos, documents, social networking profiles, and even a tag cloud!

Did we miss any of your favorite people search tools? Share them with us in the comments!

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shel

Tried it…..peek you had me listed 5 times… every single listing was totally wrong, and very old. I use pipl.com.

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shel

Wink.com had zero info on me… redirected me to that noted spammer, mylife.com which wanted to charge me to search.

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shel

Yoname couldn’t find me at all.

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shel

123people couldn’t find me, but, miraculously claimed to have 3 listings of me which I could have… for a fee… at emailfinder.com

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nick

I think there’s a rough age limit at which you can’t be found – there simply isn’t enough public info about you.

shel

There’s plenty about me at pipl.com. But also, wrong info, including my deceased wife as still living. I contacted pipl.com and the company doesn’t want to hear about it… claims they use public records, etc. Well, that’s like mailing list companies for mail-order catalogs. They all rent from one another, so wrong info is passed on and on.

Yet for a price, one can find accurate info elsewhere.

Regardless, I have used pipl.com successfully many times, especially when looking up email addresses. I have shocked people when they found out they weren’t so anonymous anymore… even told a guy about his criminal history, which shocked the life out of him. LOL

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Magnata

I Know one more site of the same type is http://www.webmii.com ,webmii defined as “Find all online public information about you (and other people)and get your PeopleRank: your visibility score on the web”.

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Alexpaintings.com

Peek was good at images (I’m an artist – like this!), but all totally ignored one of my independant website names that include my full name in the URL. Why would this be??

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Devon

Great finds. I posted a “find-a-friend” page on yoname; I hope it works. Their search engine found me on all four sites I use… FB, Myspace, Flickr, and Tweeter. the only other one I tried was peek you, it only found my Myspace.

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