Using Google to Find People
Posted by Writing PIs on July 7, 2012
When we’re trying to find someone, typically our first step is to run that person’s name in the mother of all search engines: Google. It indexes the content of a big chunk of the Web, which is helpful when you’re looking for any and all kinds of information that might point to a person’s whereabouts.
Google People Search Tips
Here’s a few people search tips when using Google:
- Put the person’s name, especially if it is a more common name, in quotation marks. This tells Google you want it to search for that exact phrase (“Sally Smith”).
- Add other identifiers to the name search. Maybe you have some additional information about the person, such as a city where the person once lived, that person’s hobby, an organization the person belongs to, even a relative’s name — any extra information can help pinpoint the search. As with the first tip, above, if you want the search to be for an exact phrase, put it in quotation marks. For example:
“Sally Smith” “baton twirler” Nevada
- Set up a Google News Alert on the person. Google will then automatically alert you with any current, relevant information on the Internet pertaining to this person. To set up a news alert, go to the Google news alert page and follow the instructions.
- Search for images. You can search images on the Internet by text or by image. Our other favorite reverse image search is tineye.com, but we’ve found we get more results through Google image searches. To learn more about Google image searches, click here.
Handy Cheat Sheet for Google Searches
Shout-out to The Zen Man!
One of the Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes’s authors, Colleen Collins, got word this week that her novel The Zen Man placed in the semifinals for The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012. Congrats, Colleen!
To read a blurb from The Zen Man, click here.
Have a great weekend, Writing PIs
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