Internet has proved to be very good platform for finding people, there have been several instances where people have found their intended target in record times which otherwise would have been impossible. If you are looking for an old pal from your school or on a search for your old ex-girlfriend or for that matter are looking for people who belong to your family and have lost contact with them, Internet is possibly the one medium through which success could be guaranteed to some extent.
One of the best places to search for people online is through the social networking sites. In the past decade, social networking sites have become very popular. With millions of users logged in every day, your chance of finding someone are likely to be effective with some of the search features provided in these sites, for some instance, if you have forgotten the last name of person, you could easily identify him here if you remember his school name or any other details of him. Write down the names of the social networking sites that are popular and start searching on them one by one.
The best way to find a person is to sign up in as many social networking sites as possible and search the person you’re looking for. Many social networking sites are free of cost, so it would only be your time and effort that you will need in finding someone online.
Whenever you are creating a user profile in a social networking site, make sure that you give as much relevant information as possible; this becomes very important if the other person is also searching for you. It is very much possible that he or she may find you even before you find him/her. Upload a picture and post messages on the site. Avoid giving out too much personal information like your phone number, which might easily be misused on the Internet.
For those of you who are trying to locate people from your previous workplace or people with whom you had professional contact, websites such as Ecademy, Linkedln and zoominfo could do the job for you. With these websites you could easily locate people from business and professional backgrounds.
You can also search for people on internet search engines such as Google, Yahoo search, Ask Jeeves, etc. It also helps if you can give some additional information such as unique achievements, hometown and other information if you have any. This helps you to weed out unnecessary information and results. This becomes very useful, if the person you are searching for has a very commonly used name.
Check your local telephone directory and other listings such as the electoral list, this helps if you know that the person whom you are searching for is perhaps in your own city or jurisdiction. It also helps if you have the correct the first and last name, further it would be great if you know more information about the person as this aids in finding the right person.
Care should be taken when accessing certain sites during your search, as much as possible avoid searching on dating sites as many of these sites charge you for a fee and many people do not use their actual names when they sign up for these sites, making it tough for you to find. There are many sites that charge you for searching people online. It is very difficult these days to find some legitimate websites because some of these are scams. So it is best if you stick on to the popular ones, unless you find anything that is useful, and verified.