How to Find People Online When they are Not on Facebook
Almost everyone in the modern world has some sort of an online presence, so if you want to get back in touch with someone for whatever reason, the internet is likely your best bet. As one of the primary reasons for creating Facebook was to help people get in touch with each other, that’s where people usually search first, and since you are reading this article, you probably already did that without success. Don’t worry though because there are other ways to find people online and we are going to discuss some of them next.
It may come as a surprise, but aside from finding you information and shopping options, Google can be used to find people too. Type in a phone number or a name within quotes and Google will show you relevant information regarding that number or name, provided it has been indexed somewhere. It might also be a good idea to add a few more details such as the company that he/she might be working in, known social associations of the person, etc. Make sure that the additional details are within quotes as well.
If you are looking to find people in California, Intelius is by far your best option. In spite of California being the most populated state in the United States of America, Intelius has an astounding databank that contains intricate details about almost every citizen. From birth rates and top causes of death in the state to phone numbers, addresses and names; they have it all in their regularly updated database. If you think that the person you are looking for is not in California, don’t worry, because Intelius covers all states in the US.
Go to Public Records
Go to the local public records office and ask around to get to the records you need. If you can gain access, which should not be too difficult, you might find your man/woman there. As an alternative, visit the US government’s own site for searching through public records, but the interface can be a bit confusing.
Go to Other Social Networking Sites and Apps
Facebook’s popularity makes us forget at times that there are other sites out there that people also use for socialization on the web. Try your luck at finding the person you are looking for on Instagram, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Twitter. If they are not on any of those sites either, it is very likely that he/she is trying to stay away from the net deliberately.
When all of the above have failed, you may want to check in with the obituaries because for a living person in the modern world to have no online presence is quite rare. In case that doesn’t find anything either, you will have to go offline and hire a private investigator, although, you need to consider whether or not finding the person is worth going to a professional investigator because it’s not going to be cheap!