Google is by far the most popular search site online. There are other great ones you can use, but for some reason, Google remains the king. The most common types of searches are for looking up items of interest, shopping, and just plain fun, but there are many who have used it to try to locate a missing person or for information on a phone number. When doing this type of search, you can narrow your results by using the phonebook option.
Most searching out a name or a phone number try the general search first, and that is not a bad idea. However, there are times when this gives thousands and thousands of hits. That is just too many search results items to realistically sift through. When that happens, it is wiser to go to Google phonebook for more precise results. You will rarely get any unrelated matches that way. The match will be exact or you get none at all.
Getting to Google phonebook is very easy. When you have a phone number, you simply type in phonebook: and then add the phone number, preferably with only spaces between the numbers. If that doesn’t work, you can try other formats, though the other ones work better in the general search if you switch back after getting no results. You should think about how people format numbers. There are many ways. Just a few are (222) 333-4455, 222-333-4455, or 222.333.4455.
You may also find the Google phonebook useful if you want to find a number for someone you have lost contact with. You can add phonebook: and then the name to see if they come up with anything for you. If that does not work, you can go back to the general search or you can find white pages online that may have the information you are interested in finding.
Google may not help you with a phone number, as you may have better luck with a name. If you don’t know a name, you can use a phone number lookup to find out who the number belongs to. There are reverse phone lookups online that can do this for you. Once you search a phone number and get a name, you can then return to Google to see if you can find more.