22 People Search
Today's class was all about how to find people on the web.
There are many different types of people search tools out there, making it easier to find:
- White Pages Information
- Criminal Information
- Professional Information
- Social Information (Facebook, MySpace, etc.)
- Happy Thanksgiving, eat lots of turkey.
- Search analysis assignment is due today – make sure your link are correct on the sign-up page
- You do not need to add anything to the site-maker page for this assignment
- Exam is on December 2nd. Check out the Test page to find out information about it.
- This Saturday at midnight (November 28th) is the last day to make modifications (change questions, notes, etc.)
Beginning of Class
- Discuss the metasearch results from two classes ago.
- Results were similar to last year
- info.com was the only site to beat Google (two years in a row)
- Clusty is crap
- search.IO and Kosmix were the two favorites
- This problem has applicability to many areas
- Just trying to find a person's address or phone number
- Background checks (including criminal checks)
- Finding missing persons
- Ancestry (including obituary searches)
- A very frustrating, confusing topic
- Monetary interests have really infiltrated this set of tools
- Lots of Web site purchases (industry consolidation)
- Lots of pay-for-results
Tip: Some search engines get confused with middle initials
- Explore the 3 groups of people search sites
- General people searches
- White Page Directories
- Social searches
- Send 6 Tweets! Include your favorite and least favorite in each category.
General people search
- WhoZat (review)
- Pipl (about) — can search by name, email, username (screenname), and phone; emphasizes that it searches the Deep Web.
- ZoomInfo (advanced search, help) — find people or companies
- Spock (people search on the web, blogs, social networks)
- iSearch (review) — can search by name, phone, email, and username (screenname)
- Whoozy (review) —- searches the Web and social networks
White page directories
- 411 Locate — many different search tools:
- WhitePages — lots of different search tools:
- people & business search
- reverse phone & address
- find area codes, zip codes
- neighborhood search (find the names of people who live near an address)
- search for an email address
- AnyWho — people search, reverse phone
- ZabaSearch (advanced search, review) — search by name or by phone number.
Social site search
- Wink — people search, phone number; will not only look for the specified name but similar names (i.e. Ted Kennedy, Theodore Kennedy…)
- 123people — people search (review, review)
- PeekYou — people search, username search
- The Internet Address Book — "Find, manage and discover internet addresses worldwide"
- Spokeo — good for searching social networking sites; most of the results require that you pay a fee.
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