Pipl.com: Top dog for people-snooping

I had a look at Pipl for the first time the other day – and happy news!

 

It’s now my favourite people finder – its like yoname on steroids.  Where yoname only lets you search for people across social networks (and a select grouping of them at that), Pipl searches across most of the means by which someone might be (legally) tracked online.

 

It’s a very simple interface – theres a box for first name, and a box for surname.  Its best to ignore the city and state options as these are aimed at American users – instead just put GB in the Country box (if you’re looking for British people).  Then click search and prepare to be amazed.

 

The site uses deep web content from many sites, which web crawlers can’t usually dig out.  Your results are clustered, which can be pretty handy depending on the person you’re searching for.

 

There are public directories results (192.com results, which you will need an account to access electoral roll info, though not directory enquiries), then there are profiles from various social networks (including Last.fm accounts). 

 

You’ll also get ‘quick facts’ (these are results taken from forums and discussion boards featuring the person’s name).  There are other profiles and directories results, as well as Public Records (US, sadly), web pages featuring the name (which are presumably registered in the UK), and lastly News articles featuring the name.

 

It’s pretty comprehensive.

 

The only thing yoname does better, is that it lets you search an email address as well as a name, which could be handy if that’s the angle you’re snooping from. 

 

In the mean time – use wisely…

 

One parting whine though - I’m not able to find myself from this blog or my website - which is a bit of a worry, as these are the only two places I’ve made a conscious attempt to get my name out into hyperspace!  Anyways, hopefully this is a minor blip (probably on my part)…

 

UPDATE: Charles Knight at Alt Search Engines provides a more thorough explanation of deep search here.

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3 Responses to “Pipl.com: Top dog for people-snooping”

  1. londie Says:

    While pipl does have an almost all in one offering for people search, I prefer getting more detail and precision by going to some individual sites. So I use yoName.com for searching social networks. As you point out it allows email search which is a big plus.

    I also use linkedin.com directly. I like zabasearch too but sometimes you get too many inapplicable results and they are always trying to sell you background searches. For reverse phone number search I like whitepages.com

  2. slewfootsnoop Says:

    Yeah, on reflection I’ve maybe overstated how far-reaching the engine is.

    I did a search the other day for a BBC journalist, who has written countless online articles, and none came back.

    That said, I’ve just a minute ago done a search on another BBC journalist’s name, but this time found a lot of content.

    So I guess its swings and roundabouts.

    Whitepages is, of course, a great resource for finding members of the public in the US – and the reverse look-up is something which is now unavailable from UK sources, even the subscription ones (I think – though stand to be corrected – because of Data Protection legislation).

    Which is a great shame for any UK-based snoops.

  3. Alt Search Engines » Blog Archive » Pipl.com - Top dog for people-snooping Says:

    [...] Original Post by slewfootsnoop: Tips, tricks and sources for journalists doing online research I had a look at Pipl for the first time the other day – and happy news! It’s now my favourite people finder – its like yoname on steroids. Where yoname only lets you search for people across social networks (and a select grouping of them at that), Pipl searches across most of the means by which someone might be (legally) tracked online. [...]

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