If your efforts to track down long-lost relatives and obscure musicians (or anyone else you're looking for on the web) stop at Googling their name then you've come to the right place. Here's how to seriously go about searching for people online, including some advice from the professionals who do it for a living, and if you'd rather not be found than read on to understand exactly how the pros go about finding those who'd prefer to stay hidden.
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The number of views YouTube videos get in a single day is up to the billions now, with hundreds of hours of new content uploaded every minute, versus the month it would take twelve years ago when YouTube launched. Searching through that deluge of video can be harder than searching the entire web, so here's a helpful guide to find that weird Wonder Woman video you found in 2007 that you can't stop thinking about, but haven't seen since - provided its still on Youtube.
Privacy advocates across the US let out a collective sob this week when its Congress dismantled a set of Obama-era internet privacy rules. In effect, the Republicans just gave big telecom companies unfettered access to your browsing history and will even let ISPs sell that data for profit. As we've argued before: this sucks.
Snapchat has always seemed intentionally difficult to use. But once any good millennial figures out its quirks, the app can offer a whole world of magic. Now, that magic will be accessible to people of all ages and technological abilities, because the ghost-friendly app just announced it will add a search feature to its platform.
Out of the box, Android doesn't give you much flexibility when it comes to setting the default search in the toolbar at the top of the screen. A clever app called Custom Search Bar Widget lets you set up alternative searches for sites like YouTube, Wikipedia, IMDB, Google Maps, and more. It also completely transforms the look of the search bar.
Google is your portal to everything out there on the World Wide Web...but also your portal to more and more of your personal stuff, from the location of your phone to the location of your delivery. If you're signed into the Google search page, and you use other Google services, here are five search tricks worth knowing.
There are a number of reasons you might want to keep a list of recent search queries on your smartphone. Then again, just because you were looking up the rules of hockey yesterday doesn't mean you want to see related searches today. If you're using Android, you can erase all recent mobile searches with a quick shortcut.
Google's venerable (and profitable) search engine is well known for offering useful tools beyond its core functionality, and Microsoft has been tricking out Bing with a few extra features of its own — such as an app for tuning your guitar right from the search page. Here's how to make sure you're playing in tune using Microsoft's search engine.
Gmail was practically founded on the principle of never having to delete an email again. But the service has been kicking around since 2004, and all of those old newsletters, chain emails and special deals aren't doing much except counting against your Google account's 15GB storage capacity. Fortunately, a quick search is all it takes to identify messages worth deleting.
Tech companies are resorting to increasingly peculiar measures to look like they're taking action against ISIS. The latest: Google will show anti-terrorism links to people who search for extremist content.
Whether you're constantly searching your own name online (you know who you are) or there's a topic you want to follow closely, Google Alerts lets you know when new pages hit the web that match your query — and you can convert these results into an RSS feed (or something else) to make them easier to manage.
If you find yourself drowning in an ocean of unorganized bookmarks, then Chrome's recently revamped bookmark manager has one or two tricks that may help. One is the option to search through your bookmarked pages right from the browser's address bar at the top of the interface.
With close to one-and-a-half billion people currently on Facebook, keeping a low profile can be tricky. It's in the site's best interest to make it easy for you to make connections with family, friends, and acquaintances. However, if you want to make it more difficult for people to track you down, there are ways to do it.