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Spokeo

People Information Search Engine


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Published 02/01/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Spokeo is a White Pages style people search that helps users locate others easily. The user can search by name, email address, phone number, mailing address or username. The site responds with detailed results that include a table of contents. The table of contents gives the user access to all related social networking profiles, blogging sites, music sites, dating sites, photography sites, online communities, other websites, locations and shopping and review websites. Each is broken down into icons so the user can see where the individual may be active or have information. The table of contents changes based on what information is available, with additional options including photos, lifestyle, astrological readings, wealth data, properties, neighborhoods, family details and other online profiles.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Spokeo was founded in 2006 by Harrison Tang. It was originally intended to become a social network aggregator, much like FriendFeed. The user could see friend’s statuses across multiple networks. The site underwent an extensive redesign in 2008, which included an improved interface for easier searching. The site has received positive comments for the amount of information it can retrieve with just one piece of data to start with.

What are the differences to other apps?

People searches are not uncommon on the web. Spokeo stands out because the application lets users locate a huge variety of data related to one person, using just one basic detail. The user can enter a name, username, phone number, address or email and see many unique results related to the individual they are seeking. Spokeo seems to be a modern version of the phone book, which includes user’s social networking profiles, photo albums and other handy details.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Spokeo utilizes a calm color scheme that features pastel hues in blue, peach and green. The layout is very well organized, with a table of contents running down the left side and results sorted into categories to the right. This design makes it easy for users to jump to a specific category or peruse all the results quickly. Spokeo contains no clutter so users can navigate with ease as they explore a wealth of information based on the person they are looking for.

How does the registration process work?

A visitor can perform a people search on Spokeo as soon as they arrive. Those who would like to take advantage of all features can click the faded “Join” link in the upper, right hand corner of the page. The next page asks the user to select their preferred subscription plan. The user must also provide an email address and credit card information to complete registration. Registered users receive more search result options.

What does it cost to use the application?

Spokeo offers one paid membership available in three sizes. Users can purchase a paid subscription for $4.95 per month or six months for $3.95 per month. A one year option is available at a cost of $2.95 per month. The registered account includes the ability to see email addresses, phone numbers and mailing addresses, hidden photos and blogs, profiles from 81 social networks and the ability to see information search engines can’t obtain.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Spokeo is a handy tool for anyone who is trying to find information about someone online. The application provides a great deal of data, including social networking profiles, family information and location data. Users can also choose to upgrade to see even more results from a number of sources as well as data that cannot be retrieved using a free search engine. Upgrading is inexpensive however users may find what they need without a registered account.

  • Subscriptions available in three affordable lengths
  • 81 social networks are searched (paid membership only)
  • Results are sorted into easy to browse categories
  • Photos are displayed as well as text results
  • Free search available to all visitors
  • Name, email, phone number, address or username search options


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