Practical and Prudent Online People Search
Online people search is an interesting concept. What was once solely in the purview of private investigators, law enforcement, and certain corporations is now available to anyone with an Internet connection. Why would someone want to search for people, or for information on people, over the Internet? The Internet part is easy. It is the largest database of knowledge ever to be available to mankind. The Internet is many times more transforming than even the printing press. As for searching for other people or for information on other people, there are legitimate reasons for wanting to do this. Let's explore some of these reasons.
Lost friends & relatives: Online people search is a great way to reconnect with childhood friends whom you have lost touch with through growing up and moving away from the home town. Likewise, finding long lost relatives is also a possibility. This can lead you to finding out about new relatives who may have been born during the unconnected time before your search.
Old classmates: While this can fall under finding old friends, the special school relationships forged during our formative years with like minded souls does warrant its own entry. These can be grade school, high school, or even university friends. They can be friends from the high school football team or cheerleading squad, or old fraternity and sorority pals. It's always nice to know how someone's life turned out and if they ever got married or had a family.
Old love interests: Who doesn't wonder what ever happened to an old flame? Sometimes you may wonder if by chance they never did get married and might be interested in reconnecting. There are plenty of tales of old sweethearts reigniting that old spark. Either way, this may be a reason why you might want to search for someone online.
Dater safety: In this world you can't be too safe. Women always had to worry about the potential date being bad news, but in this age of anonymous Internet dating the potential for harm rises to a whole new level. I am not trying to needlessly scare anyone, and this can easily apply to male daters as well, but you just do not know enough about that person on the other end. All is fine when you are browsing the menu of potential dates or mates from the safety of your Internet connected home, but you might want to get a real name and check the person out before you agree to meet. The first thing that will become apparent is that they are using their real name. You may also want to know if the person has a criminal record or history. I know that it is terrible that one has to think of doing this before dating, but would you rather be in the position of being at the mercy of a low life or having your life in danger or your home or car robbed? The traditional forms of dating usually entailed knowing the other person through a friend and having some basic knowledge of who they are before getting romantically involved. The modern Internet connected way of meeting someone requires an altered strategy just to maintain the same level playing field.
Spousal betrayal: This is a sad subject, but sometimes the one whom you are married to decides to engage in activities behind your back. They may open undisclosed lines of credit, run up debts, or engage in criminal activities. If you suspect such acts, then perhaps it may be prudent to run a quick background check on them. More in depth checking might require the services of a private investigator, but maybe all you need is a quick search in order to put your mind at ease if you had initial reason to suspect something.
Prospective employee background checks: Employers have need to be concerned about hiring people whom they cannot trust. Employees have priviledged access to physical plant, assets, and in some cases sensitive financial records, trade secrets, secret recipes and formulas, etc. Employers need to know if this person can be trusted. Everyone can possibly have some hard times in their background which may affect their credit, for example. They may have good reason for such problems. The issue to be more concerned about is potential criminal activity which may affect your hiring decision. It is good to be able to give people another chance to act honestly and earn a living, but in some cases this might be too much of a risk. Either way, it is wise to at least know who you are hiring if the job could put them in a position to really damage the reputation or operation of the business.
Types of search include email, address/location, social security or other social identification number, telephone number, and background checks. You may or may not have one or more of these vectors for searching, so several are usually offered in order to find pertinent records on the individual in question. Never before has such search ability been available to the general public for so little outlay. In many cases the initial searches are free, with certain other info costing a minimal investment to proceed further into it. Either way, it is very cheap as compared to the only avenue once available, which was to hire a specialized business concern to search on your behalf.
I hope that this was a good introduction into the realm of online people searching. Good luck in your quest to dig up those long lost contacts from your past life.
Tom loves to write on a variety of subjects. He has worked in the software industry for over 18 years, and while technology is his first love, he is fascinated by too many subjects to list. Currently, he has been working his site, Empower Network System, and in that he teaches others how to open up other income streams and answer questions on topics like "best business to start", so that they have more money to invest for their future.
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