There may be no need to pay for information on people you’re attempting to find as many online resources contains searchable data at least for basic information like date of birth, birth place and age, height, address, schools attended, occupation and employment history, biography, spouse and children’s names, ex-spouses, famous quotes, social-media profiles – Any information that has been added somewhere on the WWW is probably available in some database. Here are a few options for free fast true people search that may not be quite so apparent:
Google may have up to 30,000,000,000 (trillion) web pages indexed, making it the largest depository of information about all entities – individuals as well as organizations and businesses. Over time Google has become more proficient at returning relevant search results and can be a good first place to begin the quest for fast true people searching.
Give it a whirl. See what information Google might have on you by entering your first and last name. Too many results? Not near the top of search listings? Add your middle initial or middle name, or surname. Try adding other ‘filters’ like age or date of birth. With each added filter the number of search returns should decrease and the search results should be more accurate. You might be surprised as to how many institutions hold information about you in their searchable databases – county records for property ownership, criminal records, news articles, dating and social-media sites, universities and schools, churches, credit-reporting agencies. Looking for someone else? Check obituaries. Looking for stars? Search the IMDB (Internet Movie Database). Search a specific site using Google and this search format: ‘site:facebook.com searchtarget’ which would look in the entire Facebook searchable database for the phrase ‘searchtarget’ so replace that with your name. ‘site:facebook.com your name’.
Good reasons (other than narcissism) for searching for yourself is to know what others can find out about you and to have the opportunity to correct misinformation. Perhaps most importantly, find the URL address for any county in which you lived (like www.co.dallas.tx.us) and search ‘site:www.co.dallas.tx.us myname’ to see if you are in that county’s database. Past arrests, tax issues, property records might be discovered.
Heads up. Most searches return sites at the top of the page which have paid for priority placement. The owners of those sites have paid Google for example for the opportunity to catch your attention first, so most often, they have something to sell and may not even be relevant to your search parameters. in Google look for a green rectangle with ‘Ad’ to identify sites attempting to sell some product or service. Search engines are eager to take the advertising dollar and don’t make much of an effort to prevent pay-for-play sites from showing up in your search for free fast true people search
With 2.4 billion monthly active users, Facebook is a huge collection of data on people and entities. Just click in the search box at the top of the Facebook page and enter a name. Where available pictures will be displayed with a variety of info like name, location, company, posted comments, shares and reviews. A button is conveniently located to add the person as a friend or send a message. Scrolling down reveals pictures, associates and related searches (similar names suggesting possible matches).
Clicking the link to a person or company opens his/her or its Facebook page with a plethora of details like city and state, where from, photos, names and pictures of friends, posts (comments placed by people with authorization to do so), and an opportunity to open a live chat session. The About page can reveal work and education, places lived, contact and ‘basic info’, family and relationships, details about the person or entity and ‘life events’ – if available. The More tab leads to things liked, like videos, check-instructions, sports, music, movies, tv shows, books, like, events, questions, reviews and notes. The 3 periods to the right of ‘Following’ provide options to block, invite a like to your page, find support or report the profile. The Friends tab has get notifications, close friends, acquaintances, add to another list and unfriend.
It is rumored that ‘the government’ (one or more of the alphabet organizations) either started or took over this website as a way of collecting tons of information about individuals, companies and organizations. Imagine getting ‘everyone’ to volunteer personal information, history, political beliefs, membership in organizations, secrets even, unwittingly to big brother. Talk about ‘ fast true people search’.
The Facebook website has some interesting if not addicting features. The big adrenaline rush may be ‘Who likes me? Who approves of me? How many likes to do I have? Oh no, who unfriended me?’ Heads of such sites have admitted to knowingly creating a product of addiction and whether they admit it or not, the numbers tell the story.
It’s a social-validation feedback loop … exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.Sean Parker, Napster Creator