Is anything safe? What online image are you giving?

Lifehacker features a pretty interesting list of ways to find information about anyone online. Anything from employment info, to social network connections, to press mentions, to phone numbers and addresses for an individual could be turned up with a quick search of these sites.

I see this as a good chance to check out my online image and to screen what others can see about me. Employers and contacts do check these kind of things to get a feel for what has done or what he or she is like. This is definitely something to take a look at.

  • Pipl – personal sites, social networks, press releases, et.
  • Zabasearch – phone numbers, addresses (often both unlisted and listed)
  • Wink – Many social networking sites, including Friendster, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, and Xanga
  • Zoominfo – employment history and job titles
  • Facebook – there are so many people on facebook.  This one goes without saying
  • Who is this Person Firefox Extension – brings up people search engines from the right-click menu within firefox when clicking on a person’s name
  • Google search tricks:

* Enclose the first and last name of the person you’re searching for in quotes when you enter it into the search box (like “John Smith”).
* Include other relevant words, like the person’s profession, employer, location, or screen name, too (like banker or Austin, Texas.)
* If the person you’re searching for is likely to appear on a particular web site–like a school–search only that site using the site:URL operator (like site:ucla.edu “John Smith”).
* To look up people by face, search for them on Google Images to get a quick visual–especially useful for people with common names, or to determine the gender of a name you never heard before.

Lifehacker: How to Track Anyone Down Online

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