Some free methods to find people online include Google searching, Facebook’s People Search feature and reverse image search sites such as TinEye. These sites allows users to search for individuals using various parameters, and all are completely free.
Using Google to search for a person can yield real results, regardless of how much information users actually know about the individual. Simply typing in as much information as possible about the subject can often be enough to point users in the right direction, even if it doesn’t include the person’s full name. An occupation, notable hobby, current town or hometown paired with a partial name can help users locate a person.
Facebook is also a common option for finding individuals, since so many people maintain profiles on the site. Facebook’s People Search feature allows users to search for a person by inputting different parameters, including name, hometown, current town, college, employer and more. By entering as much information as possible and keeping a lookout for mutual friends, it’s often quite possible to find an individual using a simple People Search.
Reverse photo search sites such as TinEye allow users to input a photograph and search for other instances of it that appear online. With TinEye, users who have a person’s old profile pictures or other photos may be able to find other social media profiles or websites containing information about the individual.