5 People Search Engines You Can Use to Find Anyone

There are ways to find loved ones online. John Lund/Blend Images/Getty Images

If you need to do a little bit of sleuthing about someone, the Web can be a fantastic resource. Track down an address or a phone number, find a long-lost school friend, or simply verify information with this list of the best six people search engines on the Web. All of these search engines are hyper-focused on finding only people-related information.

These resources are free to use, at least for initial searches. Some sites will charge for detailed searches. Should you pay to find someone online? It really depends on the kind of information you're seeking. 

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Pipl

Pipl

What We Like

  • Searches wide variety of sites.

  • Can unearth interesting facts about someone if you start search knowing some details already.

What We Don't Like

  • Returns links to sites that might provide results, not actual results.

  • Name search is too broad to produce results likely to be on target.

Pipl is a people search engine that scours the Invisible Web for information; basically, what that means is that you're going to get more than just the usual search engine results for whatever name you might be searching for.

Pipl searches across social networking services, search engines, databases, etc. to find tidbits you might not usually find on a rudimentary search using a more generalized search engine.

One interesting thing sets Pipl apart: It offers special services for nonprofits at a steep discount in order to create more ways for these organizations to help their clients. 

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Wink

What We Like

  • User can search by name, plus location, school, employer, and other parameters.

  • Public profiles reveal many details about people.

What We Don't Like

  • Many Facebook users set their profiles to private.

  • A search can yield too many results to narrow down quickly.

As one of the world's largest social networks with hundreds of millions of people accessing it daily, it makes sense to use Facebook as an incredibly useful tool to find people online. You can use the social media platform to search for people you went to high school and college with, as well as work colleagues, friends from elementary school, and non-profit organizations.

Facebook is also great for finding people in specific geographic locations living in your local area that you might not know about, as well as any kind of association, club, or group. 

While many people keep their Facebook profiles private and only give information to those visible in their immediate circles of friends and family, others do not. When a profile is public, it allows anyone who finds it immediate access to a person's posts, photos, check-in statuses, and other personal details.

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Facebook

Facebook

What We Like

  • User can search by name, plus location, school, employer, and other parameters.

  • Public profiles reveal many details about people.

What We Don't Like

  • Many Facebook users set their profiles to private.

  • A search can yield too many results to narrow down quickly.

As one of the world's largest social networks with hundreds of millions of people accessing it daily, it makes sense to use Facebook as an incredibly useful tool to find people online. You can use the social media platform to search for people you went to high school and college with, as well as work colleagues, friends from elementary school, and non-profit organizations.

Facebook is also great for finding people in specific geographic locations living in your local area that you might not know about, as well as any kind of association, club, or group. 

While many people keep their Facebook profiles private and only give information to those visible in their immediate circles of friends and family, others do not. When a profile is public, it allows anyone who finds it immediate access to a person's posts, photos, check-in statuses, and other personal details.

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LinkedIn

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What We Like

  • Easy to use.

  • Direct results.

What We Don't Like

  • Results limited to professional details.

  • Depending on your settings, the subject of your search may see that you’ve looked at their profile.

Use LinkedIn to search for professional networks that other people are involved in. When you add your business profile to the network, you can pick up quite a few details about people. 

By signing up for your own profile, you can view other LinkedIn users' profiles. This lets you can see where someone works, who they work with, their former positions, current or former supervisors, any kind of recommendations they might have received, and much more.

Depending on privacy settings, you might not be able to see everything that someone on LinkedIn has provided in their profile. In addition, if you are a registered user on LinkedIn, the fact that you looked at someone's profile typically will be made known to them. 

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Zabasearch

What We Like

  • Very fast.

  • Pulls addresses, relatives, employers, and schools from publicly available details.

What We Don't Like

  • User must buy Intelius report for deeper information.

  • Not always up to date.

Zabasearch is a free people search engine that scours freely accessible public information and records. Everything found at Zabasearch is culled from public domain information, such as databases, court records, and phone directories. It's a smart place to start a search because of all the public information it retrieves and shows in one place.