Stalkerati Search for people on the web

Martin Brinkmann
May 31, 2006
Updated • Feb 24, 2016

Stalkerati is not your usual search engine that lets you search for long lost friends, relatives and other people.  It instead tries to accumulate as much data about a person as possible and save that data in a neat profile on its website. It collects data from various sources including Myspace, Facebook, Friendster, the web and blog search and finally a photo and image search.

Some resources that are neatly displayed in tabs require you to have an account with the service in order to see the data collected (Facebook for example). I personally think that this is a great service just for fun's sake. I don't think it's more efficient than a plain old search on the web though. Great for parents who want to check their kids activity on the web, and maybe also if you are looking to reconnect with friends or other people from your past.

Update: Stalkerati has been discontinued, and the service's original website is now returning an "under construction" page and not the original service that you would expect to find there. We have removed the link from the article as a consequence.

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While not as comfortable as a service that displays all information about someone in front of you, you could run a manual web search instead. A manual search obviously takes longer than just entering the name on one website, but it is on the other hand more thorough than an automated search, as it includes results from pages that the automated search might not include in its search formula.

It furthermore allows you to vary the search terms, so that you can combine the person's name with a site you want to find the person on, a town the person is living in, or other information like the person's job to get better results.

Note that the majority of people search engines on the Internet ask you to pay for information that they may provide you with. There are only few available that do not charge for access to information, and the ones that do not are usually not as helpful. Again, I highly recommend a basic web search, or a search on a popular social networking site such as Facebook instead which offers a people search service right on its site.

Theoretically, you could run searches across all the services that Stalkerati used in 2006 but that would take quite some time considering that each search would have to be run individually.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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