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.
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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