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Search the Invisible Web

The “invisible” web or “deep web” (sometimes also called the “dark web”) refers to the huge repository of online content, such as documents in databases or data on password-protected websites that search engines spiders cannot reach.

It is estimated that the invisible web is 500 times the size of the visible web. Commercial search engines index only the the visible web. Employers have started to perform deep web searches on candidates. If you are only using a search engine to search for your name online, you may not be seeing all of the information that is out there about you.

WHERE TO SEARCH

Social Networks:

Facebook
If you don’t already have an account, you need to get one so that you can search for information about yourself on the site. Login to your Facebook account and type your name into the search box and search “All Results”.

You can also search for other people on Facebook here.

About Everyone
This site allows users to input a person’s Facebook user profile URL and comment anonymously. Visit the site to see if someone has commented about you. According to this article, the site plans to support removal of content in the future.

Bebo | Friendster | MySpace | Orkut

Image Search:

PHOTOS: Flickr | Photobucket | Picasa | TinEye
VIDEOS: Blinkx | Vimeo | YouTube

Forums/Message Boards:

Boardreader: advanced search
Boardtracker
Big Boards
Omgili

People Search:

123people
Intelius (data broker)
kgbpeople
Kosmix
MyFreeEmailSearch
PeekYou
Pipl
Spokeo (data broker)
ZoomInfo

Public Records Search:

Free (mostly) Public Records Search

Deep Web Search Tools:

Complete Planet
ERIC
IncyWincy
Infomine
Intute
The WWW Virtual Library

the invisible web iceberg

For all practical purposes there are two webs: the visible web and the invisible web, as shown above. Commercial search engines index only the tip of the iceberg (the visible web), while the vast majority of the iceberg (the invisible web) remains beyond the reach of these search engines and individuals who use only search engines to gather information online.