With over 41 million registered users, and growing, it’s easy to see why social network sites like MySpace are fast becoming a valuable new tool for free people search and skip tracing, especially if the person you are looking for is in the thirty-something and younger demographic.
As we have mentioned before on this blog, MySpace, Friendster, Xanga and other social network sites, along with blog search sites, provide a new source for people search and unofficial “public record” searches. You may have to modify your people search strategies when searching these sites, since most members do not post their last names on their personal pages or blogs.
People will, however, post their first names, nicknames, age, hometown, interests, current city/state along with photos and other personal information – all of which should be considered when searching these sites. As a result, these pages provide a new type of searchable, albeit unofficial, “public record” for a large number of these social network users.
While you are not likely to find a phone number or address listed for someone on these sites, you will probably find a lot more personal detail in the information posted than a typical free white pages or public record search.