Tech Talk – More ways than ever to find lost friends |

Tech Talk – More ways than ever to find lost friends

Google not turning up your first kiss from the fifth grade? Try pipl instead.

I’d really like to track down some old friends via the Internet. Apparently these folks are non-Facebookers, can you discuss the best people-search engines out there?


Pining For Pals

While Facebook is a good starting point, there are plenty of other search engines that can assist you in your hunt.

Pipl ” This tenacious search engine’s claim to fame is the depths to which it can go to find information. When you search for a person using Pipl, you’re not limited to a simple white pages search. Scouring databases and off-the-beaten-track indexes that standard search engines skip over, Pipl leaves no stone unturned. If it’s there to be found, Pipl will find it. You may be rewarded with blog entries, photos, publications networking sites and other overlooked sources.

Google ” Yes, you’ve probably tried this engine, but consider using it in another manner. One of Google’s strong points is that you can use additional search parameters that are unavailable at the other search engines. For example, you could search for: John Doe Antique Boat Restoration to find an old boat-obsessed friend. Another helpful hint to remember for Google searches is to put quotes around your friend’s name. Searching for “John Smith” “Smith John” will look for those names in that exact order. This can make a world of difference in the results, and will leave out lists that have John and Smith on the same page, but not anywhere near each other.

Spock ” This engine relies on multiple sources and aggregation to sift through as much information as it can on a subject. In addition to indexing information from various news sites and social networks, Spock has a ton of notification options available.

123people ” This engine has a broad reach, searching blogs and public profiles to increase your chances of finding the person you are looking for. It’s got one of the best pieces of functionality available, which is an email notification features that sends out an email alert whenever results are found.

” Truckee-Tahoe resident Ernie Dambach is a self-admitted computer geek who enjoys helping others navigate their way through the digital world. His computer and networking company Tahoe Tech Group serves small and medium businesses, as well as the home computer user. Log onto, or call (530) 550-0999.

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