3 Reasons You Want to Do a People Search


Has the thought ever crossed your mind to go about looking up one or more individuals online? If so, you are not alone.

Countless people use the Internet for people searches on a regular basis. In doing so, they will oftentimes track down the information they were searching for.

Whether a long-lost relative, friend, even someone they worked with, they can often find that person.

Where Did That Person Get To?

On why you would consider doing a people search, here are some of the typical reasons:

  • Went missing – Someone you were close to over the years may have moved and not updated you on their situation. As a result, you now are not able to contact them. Although they are likely perfectly fine, you want to be able to reach them (call, email, regular mail etc.).
  • Owe you money – Is there someone out there who owes you a large amount of money? Unfortunately, some people take advantage of others when it comes to money. When they do this, the person or persons loaning the money often come out on the short end of the stick. You can use an online people search to try and locate one or more people who never paid you the money you loaned them.

  • Important information – You may have important info for someone you’ve lost track of. If you are dealing with a serious illness or other important matter, you likely want others to know. By using an online people search, you can more times than not find the people you want alerted to your situation.

Social Media is an Option Too

Given the companies providing online tools, chances are you will find that person.

In the event those tools do not get you the info you want, there is also the option of social media.

With Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat and others, you have access to millions. As a result, you could stumble upon the people you have been in search of.

In the event you do go the social media route, keep the following in mind:

  • Locked accounts – Individuals are oftentimes able to lock their respective social accounts. For instance, someone can set their Twitter page to locked. This means only those approved by the owner of that Twitter page can contact them. On both Facebook and Instagram, one can also determine who they want to allow access to their page/s.

  • Hashtags – If you are using Twitter, make sure you use relevant hashtags to help spread the word. If looking for an old friend in California, use #California, #friends, #missing etc. to make it easier.

Finding those you’ve lost touch with over the years can be a rewarding feeling at the end of the day.

Make sure you put some time and effort into your search.

More times than not, you will know that the person you are looking for is likely only an Internet click away.


Clare Louise

The author Clare Louise