The private world of yesterday is now an online world.
Everyone with a search engine has an open access to social networks, government databases, and public records.
Tin Eye will scan the image and then spit back all other instances of that image that it finds on the web -- this is a great way to find now-defunct social media profiles, old Live Journals, and online dating profiles.
If you have no idea who their friends and family members are, and you know their full name, use a free people search like Intelius to look up relatives..then hunt down those relatives.
Individual data points don't mean anything unless they can be connected to other data points to make up a person's online presence.
People, for the most part, aren't very creative when it comes to mixing up usernames (or ), so they've likely recycled that username many times over.
Start by plugging their username into Google, but also look through social networks, forums such as Reddit, and blogs for old comments or posts.
People recycle usernames, passwords, and social media profile pictures.
Grab their profile pic from their Facebook or Twitter account and plug it into a reverse image lookup such as Tin Eye.
These are captured by others when they need to find you.
There are many websites that search standard social networks like Facebook or Twitter.
Googling yourself is like checking your credit report for inaccuracies: it's only effective as a preventative measure if you do it thoroughly and routinely.
Whether you're looking for yourself or a friend (no judgment), here are five tips for finding out anything, about anyone, online: It doesn't matter how little you know about the person you're looking for, your search is going to start with Google.
Here’s a new custom search engine I have created, in relation to today’s webinar on finding profiles: Hidden Profiles (if you’d like to go straight to the URL, it’s The Custom Search Engine looks for profiles across many different sites and has refinements for several networks.