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How to Search for People on YouTube

Posted by Writing PIs on November 18, 2009

Before we jump into today’s post about searching for people on YouTube, here’s a few freebies:

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How to Search for People on YouTube

YouTube is so pervasive in our culture, it’s almost become a verb.  In our office, just as we’ve verbalized Google (“let’s Google it”) when we’re running a search in Google’s search engine, lately we’ve started to say “let’s YouTube it” when we’re checking for people, subjects, topics, etc.  on YouTube.  Let’s look at how to search for people on YouTube via Google and via YouTube.

Searching via Google

Google (which purchased YouTube in 2006) has made searching on YouTube very easy.  In your Google browser, type “YouTube” (quotes not necessary) and the first entry displayed is a search field labelled “Search”.  Type the person’s name or a tag, press the “Search” button, and view the results.

What’s a tag?  Words that describe the video or photo–for example a name, subject, event, or any other descriptive word. 

Searching via YouTube

Go to  At the top of the home page is a field labelled “Search”–enter the person’s name (or other tag), press the “Search” button, and view the results.  You can browse by tags, names, topics, etc.  To narrow your search to a certain category, there are several buttons underneath the Search field:

Videos: To check videos.

Channels: To check users’ pages.

Community Tab: To check groups and contests.


2 Responses to “How to Search for People on YouTube”

  1. Jobie Marshall said

    I love this site. Great information. Have you checked Intelius? Good place to check out where people are living, how much their home cost, their income, names of new spouses, etc. I’ll keep this site in my favorties. I’ve worked in Law Enforcment for the last 28 years with 25 in Corrections. I’m going to pass this site around to my co-workers. Thanks for sharing.

    • writingpis said

      Thank you for your comment. No, we don’t use Intelius because of clients who’ve gotten old information from it in the past (and who’ve hired us to re-research information).

      Any database work we conduct, we always double-check, usually by going to the source when possible (for example, we’ll double-check property information by verifying it against an assessor’s records).

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