New Free Realtime People Search Engine Reveals All

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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:

  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Sex
  • Age
  • 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
  • Videos
  • News
  • Related people
  • Microblogs
  • Biography

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!

Neal Schaffer
The Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Maximize Social Business, Neal Schaffer is a leader in helping businesses and professionals strategically maximize their use of social media. Neal is the author of three social media books, including the recently published definitive social media strategy book Maximize Your Social. Forbes lists him as a Top 35 Social Media Power Influencer and AdAge lists his blog, Maximize Social Business (formerly known as Windmill Networking), as a top 100 global marketing blog. Neal provides social media strategy consulting and coaching, having worked with Fortune 500 companies and a Grammy-award winning musician. He has presented worldwide on social media at more than 150 events and also teaches social media marketing at Rutgers University. +Neal Schaffer
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Comments

  1. says

    I just search ed my name, and this is scary even though the address that had for me is an old one. But it still easy to use and helpful..

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

    • says

      Yes, and that is my point: First understand what is available about you online using Waatp.com and then try to figure out where that information came from and ways to get it off the Internet. I was scared myself about the amount of information about me online, but like you, the address was skewed.

      Thanks again for commenting!

  2. concerned citizen says

    This is a lawsuit in the making. Not only do they have my address and phone number but a *photo of the apartment complex I live in*! I know this did not come from Facebook, because I did not give them my phone number. People trying to hide from abusive spouses and/or stalkers could be harmed by something like this.

  3. says

    Thanks for the comment and I share your concern. Waatp.com is actually not creating any information but just searching the web and aggregating it for you to see. It’s important to know what is out there on the Internet about us and then see where the information came from and try to somehow clean it up. Even before social media there was a lot of information about us out there on the Internet, but I agree that there could be harm. The time will come for legislation to give us control over our digital rights, but until then we will need to do our best to find the sources of information and somehow get it deleted from the Internet. Knowing what is out there about us is the first step.

  4. acb says

    I’m not impressed with the search results. They have 2 old addresses for me with incorrect information (and one listing with the same street address in the wrong town), but no link to put the two previous and one current address together. There is very little information, even with a fairly active online presence, and the photos for somebody. Other search sites have much more accurate and extensive info for free. Nothing with my current online résumé, Google profile, Delicious, or LinkedIn activity. (This is probably good, since there is no error checking and no way to “own” correct info.)

    • says

      Thank you for the comment. I agree that this is “good” that a lot of private information is not on public display, but this is also excellent feedback for their product that they should look into. Thanks for sharing!

      • says

        hello. i don’t really understand the perpose of Waatp.com.. if yu can share some more information i would appreciate it very much. maybe you know some related links where i can read about it a little more.. thanks a lot!

  5. says

    I wrote a blot post about it, so I hope you can understand the purpose better from reading that ;-) They are a relatively new service so don’t know how much information is out there about them, but check out the links that are in my blog post for more information. Thanks!

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