Top 25 Free People Search Engines to Find Anyone

1. 123 People (great for searching for people around the world)

What does it do: 123People searches through many social networks (like Facebook, Hi5, MySpace, Bebo, Friendster) forums, Wikipedia and other communities to see if the person you’re looking for is a registered member there. You can also enter additional details to narrow your search by city, zip code, country and so on.

2. Wink

What does it do: Wink is in my top 3 list for the best people search engines. It searches over 800 million social network profiles via name, age, email address and so on. You can keep the contacts in one place via their interface.

3. MyLife

What does it do: MyLife is free to register, free to search (it has several excellent options to search by name and email) but not so free if you want to get the actual details. I’ve included MyLife in this list because it has some excellent free features (not so easy to discover) I’ve covered in this article, so I highly recommend you take a look here before using this website or eventually purchasing some of their services. Continue reading

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Google learns to crawl Flash Now

kinds, from Flash menus, buttons and banners, to self-contained Flash websites. Recently, we’ve improved the performance of this Flash indexing algorithm by integrating Adobe’s Flash Player technology.

In the past, web designers faced challenges if they chose to develop a site in Flash because the content they included was not indexable by search engines. They needed to make extra effort to ensure that their content was also presented in another way that search engines could find.

Now that we’ve launched our Flash indexing algorithm, web designers can expect improved visibility of their published Flash content, and you can expect to see better search results and snippets. There’s more info on the Webmaster Central blog about the Searchable SWF integration.

Redirecting index.php to site domain easily

It can be done with mod_rewrite in .htaccess like this:

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{THE_REQUEST} ^[A-Z]{3,9}\ /index\.php\ HTTP/
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ http://www.example.com/ [R=301,L]

THE_REQUEST is the original request from the client (browser or robot). The RewriteCond will only allow the RewriteRule to be invoked if the client actually requested index.php, and not if the current (internal) request is for index.php only as a result of mod_dir’s DirectoryIndex internal URL rewrite. While the rule pattern appears to be redundant, it improves the code efficiency because RewriteConds are only processed if the RewriteRule pattern matches.

The first directive may or may not be needed. It may cause a server error if it is needed but missing, or if it not needed but present. This depends on your server, so you may have to test to find out. The first two directives won’t be needed if you already have working rewriterules in your .htaccess file.