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How do you search for people on the Internet?

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You can search for people on the Internet using records search services such as Spokeo, Intellius and Pipl; or through social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. Social media accounts provide more basic information; while records search services turn up more sensitive information such as criminal history.

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Records search services provide the most sensitive information about a person for a subscription or per-instance fee. Information that is reserved for paying customers typically includes criminal history, bankruptcy records and address history. Subscriptions to services such as these average between $20 and $100 per month. Free people search services provide basic information such as name, relatives, date of birth and known social media accounts.

Websites such as Pipl.com and PeekYou specialize in social media searches and comb over 60 different social media websites for a person's profile. If you only need basic information, you can use social media websites to find people. Most public social media profiles include information such as current address, phone number, workplace, recently visited locations and photos.

Entering a person's name into a search engine such as Google, Yahoo! or Bing is a way of obtaining leads or information about a person for free. Performing a web search for a person's name and city can lead you to social media accounts, recent phone numbers, addresses and friends or relatives.

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