5 Powerful Ways To Google People From Alternative Search Engines

Mahendra Palsule 30-12-2009

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

google people from alternative search engine


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.

If you think having pseudonyms as usernames protects your real identity, this can be an eye-opener! For more, let Karl show you how to Find A Lost Love or Friend with Pipl How to Find Information on Someone Online: 7 Simple Steps Want to track a person down? The web has several powerful search tools and networks to help you find someone online. Read More .


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!

google people from alternative search engine


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.


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.

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



PeekYou is a people search engine previously covered PeekYou Is the People Search Engine for Finding Someone's Personal Details Need to find info about someone? This site provides basic details for free, and just might provide the start you need to find them. Read More in the MakeUseOf directory. Like with Wink, you can search using real name, username, location, work, school, and interests.

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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.


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


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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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  1. Devon
    January 6, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    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.

    January 4, 2010 at 12:43 am

    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??

  3. Magnata
    January 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm

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

  4. nick
    December 30, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    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
      December 30, 2009 at 7:54 pm

      There's plenty about me at But also, wrong info, including my deceased wife as still living. I contacted 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 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

  5. shel
    December 30, 2009 at 7:07 pm

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

  6. shel
    December 30, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Yoname couldn't find me at all.

  7. shel
    December 30, 2009 at 7:02 pm had zero info on me... redirected me to that noted spammer, which wanted to charge me to search.

  8. shel
    December 30, 2009 at 7:00 pm

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