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find a lost loveHave you ever pined over a lost love? Is there someone out there that owes you money? Or maybe you just want to track down a long lost buddy.

We have seen a few FREE people search tools 15 Websites to Find People On The Internet 15 Websites to Find People On The Internet Read More online but none of them compares to Pipl. Pipl makes it easy to find a lost love, friend or relative without much effort. After trying it out I was amazed at the amount of information that is freely available.

I should start by saying when I first came around to the Internet, I had no problem with putting personal information into my profiles but in the last 5 years or so I put that to an end.

pipl - find a lost friend

So the first person I searched for was yours truly as you can see below:


Just simply fill in whatever information you have about your victim subject and hit search. It really could not be any simpler. After hitting search you will get the customary waiting/loading screen.

And then you are greeted by your results categorized in a no-nonsense kind of way. Separating different types of data so you can hone in on what you are looking for.

This search pulled in images of me from all over the web, (and some NOT of me like the one of PodCasting Jason above and some other random dude on the bottom.) It had my PHYSICAL address from about 7 years ago and an address of a company I worked for. I was impressed. All of this could definitely be used to track my ass down!

I scrolled down for some more Karl information:

This app found a hell of a lot of my online profiles and even a link to a comment on Lifehacker Australia praising me. I see an ICQ account I haven’t used in years and a Flickr album I forgot about. Nifty nifty.

Now you can also use the links at the top of the home page to search for phone numbers or online usernames. These both worked out a little better than I would like – and i WILL NOT be showing you these screenies :) No, it’s not that I don’t love all of our MakeUseOf readers, it’s just that I don’t want to talk to all of you on my cell phone!

Do you have a tool that you use to track people down? Have you had a great success story? Maybe someone managed to find a lost love using a similar tool? Care to share it with us? Then hit us up in the comments and happy tracking!

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  1. Kevin
    January 29, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I think the popularity of your article knocked PIPL right off-line !!!

    • Karl L. Gechlik |
      January 29, 2009 at 2:18 pm

      I can still get to it! But you did make me check :)

  2. Mark O'Neill
    January 29, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Pipl has actually found stuff that it shouldn't be able to find. For example, when I tried it out, it found a private PDF document on a personal website with no other weblinks attached to it. So in theory, it shouldn't have been found and spidered. But Pipl found it! That made me a bit nervous.

    • Karl L. Gechlik |
      January 29, 2009 at 9:44 am

      That is what Pipl seems good for. Finding things that are buried on the internet. How they do it - I don't know. But it is VERY scary!

  3. Old Codger
    January 29, 2009 at 12:38 am

    It is fair at best. Doesn't do comprehensive searches. Example: Have been in numerous publications over the years, and it returned nothing on those publications. Last one would have been in 2002 - Smart Money.

    Still, good to have for general searches.

    • Karl L. Gechlik |
      January 29, 2009 at 9:43 am

      Let me ask you this Old Codger - does that article show up in Google or other search engines? I find that a lot of old print articles are not online in indexable format - some times they are just scans.

      I also could not find your name to try it out on your blog.

      I am curious so get back to me. If you don't want to post it here you can email me at karl at askTheAdmin dot Com.

  4. Tom
    January 28, 2009 at 11:12 am

    I have many of the on-line trails the author has and Pipl found only my address on White Pages. I get more than that via a generic search engine.

    • Karl L. Gechlik |
      January 28, 2009 at 12:51 pm

      What did you search for? Name, phone number or online username?

      Everyone I searched for I found a crapload of info on!