In the twenty-first century, the Internet is everywhere. Desktops, laptops, cell phones, watches, almost any device has a version that you can connect to the Internet. With that innovation comes more of an openness about our lives — there are thousands of social media websites, and many people use more than one every day. They post about their day, what they’re doing, where they’re going, and more.
That means most average people have a wealth of information available about them online. If you’re looking for that information, however, it may seem extremely difficult or even impossible to find. Fortunately, it’s not as hard as it looks. There are plenty of ways to find public information about someone using the Internet, whether you’re trying to find a lost relative, looking for information about a friend, or trying to find out if someone is cheating or breaking promises. Here are the top eight.
Use Search Engines to Their Fullest Capacity
When you’re looking to find information about someone online, your first stop will likely be your favorite search engine. The top four search engines — Google, Baidu, Bing, and Yahoo — make up over 95% of the search engine market share. This means that if you use one of those, you’ll probably be turning up the most relevant results. Use people’s full names, and include cities if possible to narrow down your results.
Look Specifically on Social Networking Sites
Social networking sites are huge these days, with Facebook having already hit two billion active users at the end of 2017. People have always loved to share all kinds of information with their friends. And social networking sites capitalize on that by allowing them to share that information with friends who live far away or have very busy lives. Most people keep their profiles public, which means you can skim them for the information you need.
Search Business and Professional Networking Sites
Sites like LinkedIn and Ryze are technically social networking sites, but instead of sharing cat videos with elderly relatives, these sites are meant to connect people to job opportunities. They also have a wealth of information for anyone looking; at the end of the day, profiles on these kinds of websites are résumés, and provide a significant amount of information. However, they’re not as widespread as normal networking sites, so if your target doesn’t work online, this might not help.
Use as Many Names as Possible
Maybe you know a nickname someone gave them or a maiden name they use when they’re looking to be undiscoverable. Or maybe you saw their username on their unattended computer once. These are all important parts of the puzzle if you’re trying to find information on them online. Search for them all. You’ll be surprised what you find.
Try to Find Close Relatives and Friends
If you can’t find the person you’re looking for directly, or if their social media presence is private, try looking for relatives and friends instead. People make posts with information about friends and family pretty frequently, even if it’s offhanded mentions. These things could give you the information you’re looking for.
Use Information You Already Have
If you can’t even find information using relatives and friends, try using anything you already know about this person. If you know the college or high school they went to, look through social media presences for those institutions. Then, if you can’t find them because they have a generic name, add their city to your searches.
Try Reverse Image Searches
Reverse image searches — an internet search that looks for images similar to the one you provide — have come a long way. If you have images that they may have uploaded to their own social media, or ones that you know they’ve taken, try searching with those images. You may find a place online where they’ve uploaded it!
Use Public Records Searches
If all else fails, public records can provide a huge amount of information on someone. From physical addresses to email addresses, you can get the information you need from public records. PeopleFinders does all the hard work and finds everything for you, including all known aliases, so you can find the person you’re looking for.
With people sharing more and more of their life online, it’s easier than ever to find information about someone. However, there aren’t a lot of places where you can just type in a name and get the information you’re looking for. PeopleFinders is one of those places. With an extensive database and comprehensive reports, you don’t need to look any further.