Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 01:26:53 -0500
Sender: The Internet TourBus - A virtual tour of cyberspace
From: Bob Rankin
Subject: TOURBUS - 19 Jan 1999 - InfoSpace
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TODAY'S TOURBUS TOPIC: Infospace
TODAY'S TOURBUS STOP: http://www.infospace.com
In the past few months, Infospace has become my favorite people finder
tool. In addition to white (individual) and yellow (business) page
listings for the USA and many other countries, you can do reverse
lookups on Phone Numbers, Street Addresses, Email Addresses, and Area
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WHAT'S A REVERSE LOOKUP?
This means you can find a person's name and address if all you know is
the phone number. Or you could find someone's name and phone number
if you know just the street address. This can come in handy if you're
browsing the classifieds. Imagine this scenario...
You see a car advertised in your local newspaper, and you'd like to
know more about it. Just do a reverse phone number search at
Infospace and you now know the name and address of the person selling
the car. You could even drive by and have a look at the car, since
Infospace also provides a map and driving directions.
OOOH, THAT'S TRICKY!
And here's a little undocumented trick I stumbled into: Infospace can
tell you the names of everyone on your street. Just omit the street
number on the reverse address screen.
When you find a person through Infospace, whether it's via a regular
name search or reverse lookup, Infospace also provides handy links to
business, government offices, and a city guide for the city where the
JANE... GET ME OFF THIS CRAZY THING!
That's handy. But some people find it scary. So if you DON'T want to
be found in an online directory, use the Remove feature. At
Infospace, just find yourself with a search, then click the
"Update/Remove" link to change or remove your own listing. You should
also visit the other popular people directories such as Four11.com or
Switchboard.com and take similar action.
Infospace - http://www.infospace.com
Infospace - http://www.four11.com
Infospace - http://www.switchboard.com
It's good to know about these alternate people finders for another
reason. Even though the Infospace directory is quite extensive, and
is updated four times a year, you may not find the person you're
looking for. If that's the case, try the other sites since they all
use different databases.
Hint: Don't bother trying other phone search sites if you don't find
it at one of these. You'll be wasting your time, since these sites
get the latest info from the databases available from the three major
vendors of telephone directory information in the USA.
If you're after someone outside the USA, Infospace also has listings
for Canada, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy,
Luxembourg, Spain and a page with links to other phone directories
around the world. Click on "International" at the Infospace home page
to get there.
Infospace also has links to some paid services that can help you
locate missing persons, do background checks, social security number
checks, and help with adoption reunions by accessing the same US
public record databases used by the FBI, Law Enforcement Agencies and
Private Investigators to locate people. If you want to check out
these services click on "Public Records" at the Infospace home page.
I haven't used these services myself, so I can't give a positive or
negative review of how they work.
Happy hunting, I'll see you next time! --Bob Rankin
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