I got an email from an ex-colleague that I have not been in contact with for years. She sent it by Facebook (which I personally hate now but didn’t at the time I set up my account), and her message was her charming, lovely self, essentially “Hiya,… finally found you…!, etc, etc”. Well sweetheart, if that’s as hard as you were looking, you could have found me ages and ages ago. The thing is finding people that want to be contacted is relatively easy. If you’re looking for someone that disappeared off the face of your earth, go on Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, or just Google them and see if they haven’t set up their own business recently or created a website or maybe published something, or maybe even got themselves in the newspaper for running a marathon or winning 1.3 million in the lottery. I’m easy to find. I could have been found ages ago. I know if I Google today, right now, I get at least one hit which leads to an email address. I actually don’t want to Google myself because I’m happy thinking that I’m the only one writing things about me on the web.
It’s the people that don’t particularly want to be found, like the dad who’s run out of state to avoid paying child support, or the ex-business associate who didn’t show up for work, two days after the safe was emptied, that are hard to find. Then you can Google them all you want, but good luck. It’s interesting to remember that people with criminal intent are often professionals. Just as Joe-the-honest-guy-down-the-street has mastered the art of getting up, and going to work every morning at 7 am or 8 am, Tom, or Sally, or Dave, who lies or cheats or steals, has mastered this trade. I’m not a criminologist here, but would you steal if you thought you’d get caught? Probably not. So these guys know enough to at least try not get caught, and that means hiding all traces of them.
Look for your friends online yourself, let PeopleSearches.com help you track everyone else for you.