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Getting the Most Out of Free Social Network Screen Names Search Engines

written by: Sujanti Djuanda•edited by: Mark Muller•updated: 7/13/2011

If you want to search social network usernames, you can use standard search engines, but in most cases, they don’t work. Check out these deep web search engines, and also find here a comparison between a standard search engine (Google) and a deep web people search (Spokeo).

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    I. Pipl People Search

    Pipl is a free deep web (also known as “invisible web," “hidden web," “deepnet") people search that is only available for users 13 years of age and older. It’s designed specifically for people search by name, but can also be used to search social network usernames.

    Pipl People Search retrieves the relevant data as quickly as possible from third party websites using advanced language-analysis and ranking algorithms. All your search history remains private.

    Pipl offers results without the location or any variation on the spelling of name. The result is displayed in one page, based on accuracy, relevance and importance. It is organized by a few categories, such as “Quick Facts" (the first category gathers information about a little background profile), “Personal Profiles" (the next category displays the profiles from social network, social bookmark and other sharing community websites), Photos, Videos, Web Pages, etc.

    Pipl doesn’t have any control over, the content or the privacy policies of the third party websites. If you have questions, you can contact their customer support.

    Pipl Deep Web Search Engine To Find a Social Network Username:

    1. Go to Pipl

    2. In the search box: for example, type samplename11 (see the screenshot)

    3. Click the Search button or Press Enter.

    If you search the common social network usernames, the result can refer to other people with the same username. If the result doesn’t show up, she/he might not have a social network account.

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    II. Spokeo People Search

    Spokeo People Search is an invisible web search engine specialized in aggregating and organizing vast quantities of people-related information from public sources, such as social networks and third-party sources. Therefore, the targeted result is only as good as its original sources.

    Spokeo’s username searches can find people worldwide as long as they have a social-network account and all search history is private.

    Spokeo People Search To Find a Social Network Username:

    1. Go to Spokeo

    2. In the search box, for example, type samplename11 (see the screenshot)

    3. Click the Search button or Press Enter.

    You can also opt-out your username from Spokeo. Since Spokeo doesn’t create the data, opt out of Spokeo doesn’t remove the data from its original sources.

    Spokeo People Search - Remove Listing To Remove Your Username Listing(s):

    1. Locate the listing to remove.

    2. Copy the URL from the top of your browser, for example, (see brown rectangle in the screenshot)

    3. Go to

    4. In the URL box: Paste the URL (see blue rectangle in the screenshot)

    5. In the Email box: Type your email address (see red rectangle in the screenshot)

    6. In the Code Enter box: type an image verification code (see pink rectangle in the screenshot)

    7. Click the Remove This Listing button.

    8. Check the confirmation email and click on the link to complete the removal process.

    9. The directory listing will become flagged and will be removed in one business day.

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    123people is a real-time deep web search that allows you to find people related info, includes their social network usernames. 123people doesn’t store personal data, the data is retrieved from globally accessible databases and social networks.

    123People To Find a Social Network Username:

    1. Go to 123people

    2. In the search box, for example, type samplename11

    3. Click the Search button or Press Enter

    123people shows original source the search results come from. If you want to change or remove your information, just click on the link to find the URL of the original source then change/remove it.

    Since the data is stored temporarily in a cache, your removal information can be still shown for a few days. If it shows after a week, you can contact the customer support and generally will be responded in 72 hours.

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    IV. Comparison of Google and Spokeo

    You can make a comparison between a standard search engine, such as Google, and an invisible web social network screen-name search engine, such as Spokeo, by searching your own Facebook username. At first, set your profile to private or semi-private (only you, your friends or friend of friends can view it) and see the results. Then, set your profile to public search and see the results.

    Based on my experiments, Google shows a Facebook username as long as it's set to public search but Spokeo can show it though it’s set to private or semi private.

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    Invisible Web -

    Pipl -

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    123People -

    Author's own experience

    Screenshots taken by author