There are many resources on the Net which allow you to find people. Finding people is a major industry today, and people finding is a skill which you should acquire. There
is, as yet, no central directory or 'White Pages' which contains
Internet email address. And be very careful of all these emails that
claim to give you "private info" about people - and companies.
that, considerable resources have been developed which give you a good chance
of finding someone's email address. The main resources on the Web mainly
rely on three sources of information:
registering their email addresses with 'people finder' search engines.
Some of these search engines (as listed below) require you to give your
name and email address before they allow you to carry out a search.
That way, they build up their directory.
who have contributed to one of the many thousands of Newsgroups and
Email Discussion Lists.
addresses which appear on Web sites.
page concentrates on resources which can be found on the World Wide Web.
There are other more specialised ways of finding email addresses,
particularly in the academic world. If you really want to delve into the
cobwebby areas of the Internet, have a look at the FAQ
on How to Find People's Email Addresses, maintained by David Alex
Lamb - although we found that some of the files on this site did not load
correctly. Also, if you have access to one of the on-line service providers
such as CompuServe or AOL, you can search their databases for members
will normally stand a better chance of finding someone's email address
if you know their approximate location - city, state or county and country.
After all, looking for Joe Smith, somewhere on this planet, is a bit of
a tall order!
of the email search sites shown below have a number of other facilities,
usually free. One common offering is a free web-based email address, which
means that you can access mail sent to this address from anywhere that
you can get web access. We quite like the Rocket Mail offering at Four11,
with quite a sophisticated email filing system. Other facilities often
offered are company searches and telephone number searches (usually restricted
to the United States)
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of the best starting points is Phonenumbers.net... http://www.phonenumbers.net
This site gives you access to many of the specialised directories (the
most important of which are listed below) and it appears to cover the
whole world - some in more detail than others. It's still not a complete
source, but it's extremely useful. It potentially can come up with addresses,
phone numbers and email addresses.
you are looking for someone in the UK, BT has a good online directory.
They change the URL from time to time. Last time we checked, it was at:
this doesn't work, try the home page and look for the link to "Directory
email address directories
"Bigfoot has the Internet's largest collection of e-mail addresses and
"white page" listings." Offers an "email address for life" with features
such as autoresponders, reminders and "anti-spam" systems. http://www.bigfoot.com
Now owned by Lycos. Search for people, companies and (US) telephone numbers.
Another free web-based email system (MailCity) offered. Plus greetings
cards service and a number of other gizmos. French, Spanish and Japanese
versions available. http://www.whowhere.lycos.com/
Internet Address Finder
A modest 5.8 million email addresses claimed. Not a lot of other frills,
but seems to work fast. Versions available in Dutch, French, German, Italian
and Portuguese http://www.iaf.net
World Email Directory
18 million email addresses claimed, along with 140 million businesses
world wide. Public and members' search areas. Search on 'Name', 'Interest'
or 'Business'. Easy to add your own email address, with spam mail blocking
engines' people finders
number of the Web search engines also have 'people finder' services. Some
are listed above - where they have taken over existing services. The URLs
below will take you directly to the relevant people search pages on other
search engines. For more details on individual Web search engines, see
the Search Engines pages
on this site.