Finding people using the web
Before the age of the
internet, if you wanted to have a good chance of finding someone you'd have
to hire a private investigator. This method
is of course annoyingly expensive. With the net, people are a lot more
accessible. You might not like it, but no one can really hide from either the
government, big business, or from any given private individual now that the net
has utterly infiltrated the lives of most developed countries.
The FACT is this... if someone wants to find you, they CAN and will. The
good thing is this works both ways. If you are getting nasty emails
for instance from some loony toon, finding the IP address of the sender might well help you trace the
sender, and indirectly even find out what their home address it ! Yes, it is
both an exciting and scary situation at the same time.
Personally, I think
the technological development is a very good thing overall. Sure, there
are some stalker/slashers out there who will make use of the net to find/stalk
various people, but these people have always found various ways to find others. Now
you can find people too, and it is both easy and all perfectly legal.
: Named after UK directory enquiries, this is a VERY useful site. You can
track down most people you are after, assuming they do one of the
following ; A: vote in elections, or B: have a phone number
which is not ex. directory. Since most people vote, and most have a
publicly viewable phone number, about 90-95% of the population are
traceable via this site*
www.friendsreunited.co.uk : The UK version of this amazing worldwide
connection site. If you are not a member of this site, then maybe it is worth
joining- although maybe the people from your school days are not so wanted by
you. All the schools are listed, and the number of people who have their details
listed it quite surprising. It is quite freaky to see all those old names you
may have totally forgotten. Not everyone you want to find will have decided to
register, however you are sure to find some names from your year of graduation.
www.whowhizz.com : There
are countless 'WHOIS' sites, this is just one I thought might be useful.
The way the web is setup, EVERYONE who has a domain name, has
their details publicly available. Yes, this brings up the issue of personal
security. However, if someone wants to find someone, they will find you
regardless of the domain 'whois' regulation.
In effect, this is one interesting way of contacting people who run websites,
whom you'd like to send a message to. Many celebrities and media people have their own
websites now, and getting directly hold of them can be somewhat difficult.
The 'whois' system offers a way to get a message to them.
MSN.co.uk : Master
Directory : The msn directory is immense and might offer a way to find
someone you know (or want to know ;) ).
Master Directory : as above, with millions of people listed from across the
Personal Notice :
Stephanie Beard, whom I am trying to find.