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May 06, 2005
Specialized Search Engines

Search engines come in all shapes and sizes. For instance, Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. MiamiBeach411 is a local search engine that connects businesses, news, and events to the web.

This is a site you should know about -- ZabaSearch is a search engine that specializes in personal data. Here is what Wired had to say:

"A search for personal data on -- one of the most comprehensive personal-data search engines on the net -- tends to elicit one of two reactions from first-timers: terror or curiosity. Which reaction often depends on whether you are searching for someone else's data, or your own.

ZabaSearch queries return a wealth of info sometimes dating back more than 10 years: residential addresses, phone numbers both listed and unlisted, birth year, even satellite photos of people's homes."

I gave it a test and the results are very accurate.

Here are some other specialized search engines that aren't so scary:

Encarta, Wikipedia

Magazine articles:
AJR Newslink Magazines

Newspaper articles:
AJR Newslink Newspaper Index

Current news:
Google News

Radio stations:

Literature in the public domain:
OnLine Books Page, Search eBooks, Bartleby Library

Copyrighted books in print:
Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Google Images, Pics4Learning, Fagan Finder, ebay Postcards, Corbis

Images, sounds, videos of animals:

Images and info about any product of the last two centuries:


Primary source documents:
Library of Congress American Memory

Federal (U.S.) legislation:

Company information:
Thomas Register, Industrial Quick Search

Biographical Dictionary,, Biography-Center, Lives

Perry-CastaƱeda, Maptech MapServer (topo)

Country profiles:
CIA Factbook, Atlapedia, Kiosk: Journal of Geopolitics

Military information:

State & county profiles:
US Census Dept QuickFacts

Medical information:


U.S. Patent Office

Movies, actors:
Internet Movie Database

TV episodes:

Shareware & freeware:
VersionTracker, C|Net Download, Tucows

Even more:
Search-Engines2, Webquest, Search Engine Colossus

Did I miss anyone?

Posted by Gus on May 6, 2005 07:00 AM

Comments (AKA, lists personal/private information such as street addresses, unlisted phone numbers, birth year, maps how to get to your house, satellite photos of people's homes, your family's address/data, etc) and (also does similar searces) seems to be an invasion of mine and your privacy. I know that these are public records and that are not to blame (businesses and government are to blame for leaking this data), but people do not know that if you even simply register to vote or request to join the army/military in USA, you name/address/telephone are made public information (muti billion dollar industry selling our private info) without you having to sign a consent form or without asking permission! Even where you buy a domain name (lease actually, no single person actually owns a domain name, even Bill Gates does not own, your address, name and telephone number are added to public records that anyone with an internet connection can retrieve this data to harrass you or even SPAM you (don't forget that deranged cyberstalkers can find you now)! Other places Zaba get's YOUR private data may be from county records, state records, court records, info becomes publicly available after you buy a new house, go to the post office and file for a change of address form, etc (data gets sold to info brokers on the open market)! I think all Americans should make a class action law suit against this type of crime which businesses and gov't are doing!

Posted by: New Search Engine, SirSeek at August 24, 2005 12:36 PM
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