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Pipl

Identity and People Check Search Engine
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Published 08/14/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Carmen Rane Hudson
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What can you use the app for?

Pipl is a search engine designed exclusively to help people find people. It filters out all search results that are not people results, unlike search engines who must filter through dozens of pages that may or may not relate to the person the user is looking for. Pipl does what the developers call a “deep web search” to dredge up as much information about the selected individual as possible. It uses “identity resolution” to match these results to photographs and social media profiles across the web, helping the user to determine whether or not he or she has the correct person. All public information is displayed, and there are links to purchase more private background checks and information should the user wish to do so.

What is the history and popularity of the app?

Pipl was launched in 2007 and has gained popularity as a reliable people search engine. Skip tracers and investigators especially appreciate Pipl’s effectiveness.

What are the differences to other apps?

Pipl stands apart from other search engines in two ways: first, it is exclusively focused on people, and second, it accesses the “deep web.” The deep web relates to all of the documents, entries, and accounts that most internet users can’t access. This allows Pipl to pull information that a normal search engine could not otherwise get. It pulls from all of the other existing people search engines like Intellius, as well: a user searching Pipl is essentially searching all of the other people-find databases out there, as well as every single social network that they might otherwise have to search manually.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Pipl is very simple to use. The user adds a few details to the simple form. There are few bells and whistles and the website is very self-explanatory. A progress bar gives the user information about the progress of the search. The search is relatively quick. Users can then sift through the records and the data that they’ve received in order to find the right information.

How does the registration process work?

Pipl is free to use. However, users who wish to get expanded background checks on any of their searches will need to pay a membership fee for the privilege. The expanded background checks are links to an exterior service, however, and are not affiliated with Pipl.

What does it cost to use the application?

Pipl is free to use. However, users who wish to get expanded background checks on any of their searches will need to pay a membership fee for the privilege. The expanded background checks are links to an exterior service, however, and are not affiliated with Pipl. There are no direct ads on Pipl to distract the user from the experience of using the search engine, though it’s arguable that each link to expanded background check services represents an ad for those services. All the same there’s nothing annoying or intrusive about the ads.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Everyone needs to find someone sometimes, whether it’s for a high school reunion or to rekindle a friendship. However, the people who will get the most use out of Pipl are probably skip tracers, asset investigators, debt collectors, and private investigators who need a lead on figuring out where someone might be and who need to perform this function every single day in order to complete their work. Users should be aware that only a limited amount of information is free.

  • Pipl offers photos from across the web so users can check to see if they have found the right person.
  • Users can view all public information at the touch of a button, as well as past history.
  • Users can order more extensive reports and background checks.


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