This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Waatp.com. All opinions are 100% mine.
With so much public information about us out there in social media and on the web, do you ever start to wonder what others can find out about you? On the other hand, if you are doing social recruiting or looking to do business with or even get back in touch with someone, wouldn’t you like to take advantage of the public information that exists out there so that you can do due diligence in a background check or have a higher chance of finding those that you are looking for? A free realtime online people search engine, Waatp.com, has been recently upgraded to serve the many needs that professionals may have for accessing information on people. You can do Google searches and go to each social media website and perform many searches, or you can simply access all of this information in once place through Waatp.com. Waatp.com claims to already be getting 2 million website visits per month and has recently added more than 200 million more profiles from a variety of countries into their database.
So how exactly do you use the realtime people search engine Waatp.com?
When you first visit the website you will see how extremely simple the user interface is: You are prompted to enter a first name and last name to begin your search. Upon entering those terms, a map will appear showing where the people that you are looking for might be located. Once you are confident you know where the person is that you are looking for, selecting that person will automatically forward you to that person’s profile on Spokeo, another people search engine. The results will show you a large amount of demographic information on that person, including, if available, the following:
- Phone Number
- Email Address
- Marital Status
- Property Owned (with satellite photo)
- Family Information
You can sign up as a paid subscriber to obtain even more information about the person you searched for, including information about all of their social networking profiles.
There is an additional way to use Wattp.com to find other information about a person by searching for their last name in their database. At the bottom of the simple user interface, to the right of where it says, “Who Are All These People?” is a user directory by first initial of last name. You can use this if you are not sure of the exact spelling of the last name. Once you find the name you are looking for, it will show you potential first and last name combinations together with the city, state and zip code of their profile. Once you select that person, Wattp.com will show you their own unique database of information for that person which includes the following:
- Pictures from around the web, including those uploaded to Flickr
- Weblinks to mentions of the person
- Blogs written by that person
- Related domains
- Books, articles, or documents authored by that person
- Social network profiles
- Related people
All of this information is free without any subscription charge.
Why do I blog about this? If you are unsure as to how much of your information is out there for the public to glean above and beyond what social media profiles you have, you need to search for yourself on this service and understand the view that others might have of you. If you do not like what you see, you need to do some research and see where the source of the information is and how to correct it, if it is possible to do so. I have already blogged about how to make a private LinkedIn profile in the past, but for other social networking or online profiles you will have to do some digging to figure out what your next steps are there.
On the other hand, if you are in a role where you commonly look at user profiles for whatever objective that you might have, Waatp.com is a convenient alternative which might save you some time in how it aggregates profile information.
It is said that privacy in the age of social media is dead, but I believe it died before that as I blogged about in my blog post about social media privacy concerns. Use Waatp.com to get a glimpse of how the world sees you and start thinking about how to protect yourself in the future.
Did you look up your name on Waatp.com? Were you surprised at what you found? Would love your thoughts on the topic of online people search. Thanks!