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How to Search for People Across Many Social Networks

Today it is a common practice to join each and every social media network if not to participate then at least to prevent online identity theft. On the other hand, when building a new social connection it is essential to find a new friend across all known social media networks and befriend him everywhere – by doing that you will:

  • Grow your power across several social networks simultaneously: increase your friendship throughout a few social sites. That’s why it is essential to interconnect / interlink all your social media profiles: to enable people to find you everywhere.
  • Make a new connection stronger: the more networks connect you and your new friends, the more likely it is that you will remember each other. It is so easy to forget people when you have about 500 friends at FaceBook, more than 1000 followers at Twitter and 2000+ fans at StumbleUpon. Those who share a few common social media communities are likely to maintain stronger connection.


A new “Social White Pages” tool Snitch.name searches for a name you specify across several popular social media sites: FaceBook, Vimeo, Flickr, Wadja, Twitter, MySpace, Hi5, Friendfeed, Netlog, and LinkedIn. As a result you will see snapshots of profile pages in an iFrame and will be able to befriend the person at all social sites from one page.

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YoName.com has a bit different selection of social networks: Bebo, Blogger, Buzznet, Deviantart, IRC-Galleria, Last.fm, Webshots, Xanga, etc. However it seems to return fewer results than Snitch.name. But it is still worth checking out and search for both the person’s name and username for more results.

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 How to Search for People Across Many Social Networks
Ann Smarty is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann's expertise in blogging and tools serve as a base for her writing, tutorials and her guest blogging project, MyBlogGuest.com.
 How to Search for People Across Many Social Networks

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10 thoughts on “How to Search for People Across Many Social Networks

  1. Whoa, sharing social networking connections will not grow any relationships, unless both people go out of their way to communicate.

    Just because we message on Twitter and are mutual friends on Facebook does not mean we know each other.

    Rather, being listed on multiple networks helps OTHER PEOPLE find you either directly or via their friends or keywords. But being on a network does not necessarily translate into a “stronger connection” as your second bullet indicates.

    That said, I tried those services–and found snitch.name to be accurate, while yoName had many inaccuracies.

  2. Another way to protect your online identity – as Ann suggests in the first sentence of her post – or to find out if someone is registered on a particular social network is to check out http://www.usernamecheck.com. Granted, not everyone uses one specific name across all networks, but some – like me – tend to.

    It’s particularly useful for finding out if you’ve neglected to register at any social networks you may find useful today or at some point in the future.

  3. You can search for anything in the 2.0 world. I am a big fan of yoname… I use it almost everyday. I’ve noticed a bunch of paid ones popping up. I don’t get it, why pay when there a bunch of free ones?

  4. snitch.name uses yoname as a search provider, so there is no need to visit yoname at all :)

    Email search is not yet available but it’s on my list of upcoming features.

  5. This will build relationships stronger in a business sense. This sounds like a creeps favorite tool in a social atmosphere. I am glad I can use it to follow my Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.