How to Find Someone on Google
Google is not only the most visited website in the world but in my opinion it is also the best search engine that has a huge index of websites and that provides very accurate search results, which are often times considerably better compared to other search engines (at least that's what my experience with many search engines has been). If you want to find something online, including a person, Google should be the very first website to pay a visit.
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There are hundreds of millions of active websites on the Internet (see how many websites are there?), and finding anything among such a huge archive of content can be quite a daunting task. Thankfully, we have search engines such as Google, that make our lives a lot easier when it comes to finding things on the world wide web.
Not all websites are indexed by Google, not all pages of all websites are indexed by Google, and not everything is equally easy to find on this humongous haystack by making a simple search, but if a website has not purposefully blocked Google's spider from crawling and indexing it, then it has a high chance to be listed on the search results. Assuming the person, or the information about that person you are looking for is on such a web page, then you may not have much difficulty finding it by performing a couple of searches on Google.
TIP: If you are a website owner, you can prevent search engines from indexing your site, if you don't want your site to be found online via search engines.
Google is not the only website where you can find people on; for example, Facebook is also a great place to carry out your searches. On Facebook, you can search people by their names, cities or emails. While Facebook is also pretty effective in finding people, not everyone has a Facebook account and not everyone makes their profile visible to search engines; therefore, you will have a higher chance of finding who you are looking for on a search engine like Google.
To start your search, simply open your default web browser and go to google.com. You may also try using some of the different Google homepages for other languages and see if you will have any luck, if the global Google domain doesn't help.
How to Find People on Google by Their Names
Let's say that you are looking for a person named as John Smith, type the following into the search box on Google and press the search button.
Pay attention to the use of double quotes as they tell Google only to return web pages that have this first name + last name combination in this order. Google usually automatically displays the search results while you are typing, so you may not need to press the search button.
In some cases, Google will return millions of web pages on the search results (though, not all of them will be visible), if you are lucky, you may be able to find the person on one of the top links. You can also use various search filters such as Images, Videos, News, etc. to check all types of content about that person.
How to Find People on Google by Their Email
Similar to the name search, you can use the email address of a person to find him/her on Google. Let's say the email is firstname.lastname@example.org, type the following into the search box:
Google will return all the web pages that have this email address within their content. By carefully going through the search results, you may be able to find the person you are looking for.
How to Find People on Google by Their Social Media Profiles
Since most people use multiple social media sites, narrowing your search focusing on certain social media sites may produce nice results. You can use the following search queries to check whether this person has profiles on any social media site:
"John Smith" Facebook
"John Smith" LinkedIn
"John Smith" Twitter
"John Smith" Instagram
You can try any other social media site in the same manner.
How to Find People on Google by Their Pictures
If you have a picture of that person, a cool trick you can do is to do a search for the person using Google Images search. I have explained how to do that in detail in another tutorial about finding duplicates of images; basically, you go to Google Images search page and use the image you have for a search by image. If there are identical or similar images on Google's index, they will be listed.
This concludes our tutorial about how to find someone on Google. If your searches require privacy and you don't want to leave any tracks on your browser, you can disable your browsing history before starting your search session, or delete your browser history after you are done.
If you try everything possible, yet you still can't find the person you're looking for on Google, then you can try other search engines such as Yahoo, Bing or Yandex and social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.
Good luck finding whoever you are looking for!
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