Thursday, October 25, 2007

Where are the People I Used to Know?

I sign up for all kinds of things on the Internet. If it's out there, and it's free, then I will most likely sign up for it. That means I'm spread all over the Internet, and do you know how many people I went to school with or worked with in the past have found me? One. I think there was one, and, unfortunately, after we re-connected, we lost touch again. I have also looked for people I used to know - and haven't had much luck finding any of them. Where are these people? I realize we didn't have computers or the Internet back when we were in school, but everyone is online now. Shouldn't there be some kind of online presence? And I don't mean those classmates or school reunion sites that let you register and let people see your name, but don't let you contact anyone without paying a fee. That is no fun. I've tried getting around that and posting hints for people so they could find me if they really wanted to, but so far no luck.

Today I found this new people search site called Spock. When I searched for myself, I came up first on the list! Anyway, Spock searches for information on bio pages, social networks, news sites, blogs, directories ...pretty much every place imaginable on the internet, and then groups it all together. Then, Spock users can add to that information - add pictures, add tags, and add links - all to make it easier for people to find people. I love the idea that I don't have to search the entire Internet to find people I'm looking for, because it's not working for me. In just a few minutes on Spock, by searching for the town I grew up in and for people in my approximate age range, I found a guy I went to high school with and found out that he has a MySpace page. Unfortunately, he hasn't logged in since June of last year.

Still, I have high hopes for this site. Eventually I will connect with someone I used to know. They have to be out there somewhere.

1 comment:

  1. I did the same thing and found a running friend that I'd been out of touch with since elementary school. I still prefer google for most things, but unless you're a major celebrity if you google someone it comes up with tons of useless pages. Myspace okay, but it's still really messy and full of ads.


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