Cool ‘Identity Search’ Tools for Social Web

Aibek Esengulov 11-05-2007

(1) yoName


Cool 'Identity Search' Tools for Social Web yoname Extremely simple to use and rather fast profile search tool. Lets you search by (1) email ID, (3) username or (3) by First, Last or Full name on all major Social Networking websites except for Facebook (MySpace, LinkedIn, Friendster, Windows Live Spaces, Digg, Match, Xanga, YouTube ). What’s cool about it is, how it conveniently groups search results by network in expandable menus.

Cool 'Identity Search' Tools for Social Web yoname demo

(2) Wink

Cool 'Identity Search' Tools for Social Web wink Way more powerful alternative to yoName. With wink, not only can you earch by (1) email ID, username and name but also by (2) geographical location (city, state, country, zip, etc) and (3) even specific details (i.e. interests, movies , music, etc) which are often added by users to their profiles. As regarding the networks Wink checks in: “…lets you find people at social networks like MySpace, Bebo, LinkedIn & Friendster, and other online communities”

On top of each search results set, Wink places an extremely handy menu that lets you efficiently filter the results you don’t need. For instance, you can filter stuff out by distance, age, gender, relationship status, and specific profile info i.e. interests, movies, music, etc.


Cool 'Identity Search' Tools for Social Web wink demo

More ‘Wink’ Features:

  • add ‘Wink Search’ option to Firefox search toolbar
  • put all your web profiles on one page and share them anywhere on the web (blog, myspace, etc. ) via wink widget

(3) Pipl

Cool 'Identity Search' Tools for Social Web pipl Way simpler than any of the above, lets you search by First Name, Last Name (mandatory), city, state and country. It doesn’t group search results, neither does it provide any means to filter them. However, it brings something you won’t find on the above ones as it goes into much deeper levels (aka ‘deep web‘).

For instance, it turned me some pages that I never knew existed, i.e. public ICQ profile or my long forgotten profile on Yahoo People. Nevertheless, it seems like a good alternative in cases when the above ones fail or when you need to run a deeper “Who is” check on someone.

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  1. Skipease People Search
    April 25, 2009 at 8:43 am

    YoName, Pipl and Wink are great one stop people search sites.

  2. strawberrypaper
    February 20, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Yoname informs people you searched that they were searched. Not good.. ^^

  3. Saranpol
    February 10, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    I think

    is better for searching people profiles by email

  4. Ozilla
    December 25, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    I agree. Yoname is more of a fun and useful people search tool. Pipl is more akin to zabasearch and 1800-peoplesearch.

  5. Aibek
    September 25, 2007 at 7:42 am

    YoName and Wink are handy when you need to get a quick general info about someone, especially if that someone is from US. Pipl on the other hand is more suited for running background check.

  6. Ozilla
    September 25, 2007 at 2:00 am

    I can see the appeal of all the sites and the strengths you mention. For example i like that Pipl lets you know it's still thinking while it shows you some results. I also like the websearch feature on I prefer non-traditional searching and it works as good as google.

  7. Aibek
    September 13, 2007 at 11:43 am

    @ r slicker

    So , any luck? :-)

  8. r slicker
    September 13, 2007 at 2:48 am

    looking for someone.
    looking for rebekah kelley

  9. gill
    July 18, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    i think that yoname is an amazing site that gives people the incredible opertunity to turn their computers into their own private detectives and find whoever they want to.

  10. Aibek
    May 17, 2007 at 11:47 pm


    You know, initially I also wanted to rank these sites from best to worst but after playing around with them I concluded that all of them have their own strenghts.

    - Yoname: simple and excellent user interface
    - Wink: excellent filtering options that let you not only find that someone you're looking for but also quickly discover near-by people with similar interests.
    - Pipl: finds stuff you won't get on others

    However, if it's about taste, I am with you on Yoname. It's simple and clear, I don't have to poke around to find out what's this setting or term means.

  11. Ozilla
    May 17, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    I have tried all three of these sites. I vote for yoName for the sumplicity and novelty. The other two feel like stocker sites with personal information, etc. yoName does one thing and does it well. I do like that pipl loads results while it's still searching, that would be a cool feture for yoname. Wink's user interface is not impressive.