You may think that all search engines are the same, but that is not true. They all do the same basic thing, but they also do it their own way. This means that those searching for information may want to try a few different searches before they give up on finding what they need. If you are looking for an old friend and their phone number, try many, and don't leave Ask.com off your list of sites to try.
When you log on to Ask, try the first search you find. This would be the general search that looks up web sites that they deem to be relevant to what you are looking for. You will find that Ask is rather good about pulling up information that you may find useful. What comes up depends on the name. A common name is going to be more frustrating to search for than an uncommon one, as you may imagine.
When you find that you are overwhelmed, you have to think of ways to narrow down what comes up in your search results. You will see something called the ‘advanced search’ near the general search box. Try that. You can add any extra information that you may know about someone, and even narrow down what you expect when you get your results. What you have to know, however, is that you should be sure about what you add, as the wrong information means irrelevant results. The search can only work with what you give.
You can also use some tricks that can give you more precision when searching. When you enter the name, use quotes around the name, or use a plus sign between the names with no spaces. What you will find on Ask in particular is that the plus sign works better than the quotes, but there is no harm in trying them both when nothing about your old friend comes up for you.
If you find information about your friend, including what might be a current number, you can find other sites that verify that for you. This type of site can show you who owns a number . You will find that the information is correct, wrong, or can not be found.
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