Before I show you some tips and tricks to finding more information about somebody online, you are accepting by reading this article that you will only use these tricks for good ethical reasons. Nobody should ever use these tricks to stalk, harass or invade people’s privacy. These tips are also not foolproof but odds are more likely than not that they can work for you.
Whether it’s Match.com, eHarmony, okCupid, JDate, Christian Mingle, Plenty of Fish or any newer or older sites there comes a time when you want to know more about the “Real Person” behind their online profile. With sites like okCupid or Match that allow you to put fake names, things get a little harder because you first have to find out their first name, however as long as you aren’t in a giant city all that you may need is…
You then take this information and type the following into Google.
site:mylife.com intitle:jason intitle:"buffalo, NY" 35
Depending on how common the name is, you may or may not get a lot different names. We don’t care about the actual pages on MyLife.com. We only care about the first/last name combination.
At this point you have a few or several last names to work with. You then will want to type each one into Facebook or into Google Images and see if a photo pops up of the same person in the profile. Doing a Google Image Search for “Jason Geiger Buffalo, NY” pops up with my Google Plus Photo seen here.
You can now search Facebook, Pinterest, Google Plus and the internet in general looking for unlocked profiles. My favorite is to see if a potential date has mutual Facebook or Google+ friends and check their references.
Searching with only a Photo
Now let’s say that all that the above method did not work. Well there’s a small chance that if all you have is a photo of a person, Google can still help you out by doing an image search. Here’s the steps.
- If you don’t have Google Chrome, get it.
- Launch Chrome and get the Image Search Plugin.
- Right click a photo from the person’s profile and click “Search Google with this image”.
With any luck you will be able to find information about the person and their acquaintances (and public criminal record) with this method.