PASADENA, Calif., December 7, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Speak is one of the best-known people search websites, winning numerous industry awards and winning reviews on acclaimed TV shows including “Orange is the new black” and “Mr. Robot. His most publicized exposure to pop culture arguably comes from MTV. popular reality show “Catfish”, Where the hosts make extensive use of Spokeo in their quest to unmask impostors.
Spokeo company history
Spoke was founded in 2006 by a group of Stanford graduates – including the CEO Harrison tang, CTO Mike daly and DSI Eric liang – as a social media aggregator. Back then, social media startups were a dime a dozen, and Spokeo was combining posts from all user contacts into one feed. This original business model proved difficult to monetize, and the rise of Facebook made it essentially redundant.
When the founders realized that users were willing to pay to find other users, they became a people search engine in 2010. Although there were some strong players in the market, Spokeo quickly established itself. like one of the best people. research sites. Currently, the company’s research pulls data from more than 14 billion records, aggregated from public records and other publicly available data, to present users with easy-to-read profiles.
A very simple interface
So, what’s it like to use Spokeo, if you’re new to people search sites?
When you arrive at Spokeo.com home page, you will find a very clean and uncluttered interface. On the top right, there are links to the help page and for existing users to log in, and in the foreground you will see a search box.
Whatever information you’re looking for – a name, street or email address, online username or phone number – you can simply type it into the search box. Spokeo’s proprietary search algorithm will recognize the information you have entered and automatically pull it from its databases. You can also click on links to go to specific types of searches (phone number, address, etc.), but this is optional.
Spokeo search options
Spokeo’s search results will give you as much information as possible about the person you’re looking for, although the exact information will vary depending on the type of search you’ve performed. You can also use your search results to prompt or trigger further research.
Reverse Phone Lookup
Finding a phone number can tell you who the number is saved to, as well as the location and address of the owner, their telephone company, and whether it is a personal or business line. Since phone numbers are often treated as usernames by social platforms, your search may also return available social profiles connected to that number.
Search by name
If you have someone’s first and last name, typing that name in the search box will return an initial list organized by location. When you choose the person most likely to be the person you are looking for, you will see the results available for that person. Results can include the person’s age and birth month, address, location history, social media profiles, and current and former email addresses. If applicable, you can also see what they do for a living and the estimated value of any property they own.
More in-depth records, such as criminal and vital records (including available marriage records), are available for an additional fee.
Search by mailing address
If you want to know who lives at a certain address, you can enter it in Spokeo’s address search. Search results can reveal the owner and current residents of the property (if they are not the same person), as well as the size of the house and lot and the year it was built. The results can also tell you the home’s current value and the price it was last sold for.
Other relevant information that you might find useful includes former residents and their contact details, the size and value of other homes in the area (for comparison purposes), crime statistics for the area, and any known sex offenders. in the surrounding area.
Reverse Email Address Lookup
Spokeo’s reverse email search works much the same as its phone search. Just type the email you have in the search bar, and if a match is available Spokeo will provide you with the name of the person or business associated with the email address (this does not work with disposable email addresses, as these are anonymous by design). This search may return available social media or dating site profiles associated with that email address, as well as alternative emails and other information that you would see with a name search.
Spokeo’s premium offers
Along with its main people search offerings, Spokeo has a few premium options for those who need them. Additional charges may apply. These include:
If the person you’re looking for has been in trouble with the law, this standard search add-on will reveal them often. It searches the files of 1,400 courthouses across the United States – more than 600 million in total – and aggregates information such as a description of the offense, date of filing and date of decision, information on conviction and more. Because not all courts track and report the same data, the information available may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
Historical search is how you would view an individual’s “vital statistics”: birth and death records, marriage and divorce records, military service records and more.
Protect the rays
Spokeo describes its users as falling into two main groups: “connectors,” who want to make contact with someone else; and “protectors,” who want to be sure that the people they are dealing with are legitimate. Spokeo Protect is the company’s identity theft protection service and has a corresponding appeal to the latter group.
Spokeo Protect subscribers will receive a number of services, depending on the level of protection chosen. All levels of Spokeo Protect come with dark web monitoring: Spokeo monitors shady underground markets on what is known as the dark web where personal information, credit card and bank account numbers are bought and sold by criminals.
If Spokeo detects illegal activity on your accounts or if your key personal information is offered for sale online, you will receive an alert. You will also have 24/7 access to certified resolution specialists who can help you minimize the damage caused by an identity theft incident and help you take the necessary steps to restore your identity.
Some potential use cases
If you are a “connector” you will find several ways to use Spokeo. It can help you track down old classmates, long lost family members, or the person you really enjoyed interacting with on a specific site but only knew by a username. You can connect with an Ancient Flame or find the owner of an item you’ve found. One of the most publicized ways Spokeo helps connect people is through its “Search for angels», Volunteers who help adoptees find (consenting) members of their biological families.
Likewise, “protectors” can make heavy use of Spokeo. Finding the real person or business behind the phone calls, texts, or emails can help you assess whether they are legitimate. It is also a useful tool for detecting romantic con artists and cat fishermen, or for finding out if your partner is “playing the game” on multiple dating sites. If you frequent online marketplaces, Spokeo can help you locate underperforming sellers if they don’t answer your calls or texts.
Spokeo can also be a powerful tool for businesses and professionals. Realtors can use it to locate property owners or verify contact information for potential prospects. Law firms can use it to locate heirs or find parties involved in a lawsuit. First responders can use it to locate the owner or tenant of a property in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. The possibilities are, literally, endless.
The basics on Spokeo
It’s a crowded market, but Spokeo bills itself as one of the best places to find people. Its combination of public and proprietary data sources gives it broad reach, and its simplicity and ease of use allow less-informed users to easily access all of this available information. It’s priced competitively, and the lack of long-term commitment – non-Spokeo Protect plans top out at three months – makes it particularly appealing.
Modern life is full of reasons to use people search, whether you are looking to connect with distant acquaintances or just to protect yourself from crooks and spammers. If (or more likely when) you need these capabilities, Spokeo’s combination of power, convenience, and affordability makes it a compelling option.
Disclosure by content creator
This product review was commissioned by Spokeo, Inc. Fred Decker is a paid content provider for Spokeo, and Spokeo paid him for providing this product review.
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