Congratulations! Thanks to PeopleFinders.com, you’ve found your old high school sweetheart, classmate, or long lost friend. But now that you’ve made the initial contact, what’s next?

For most people, meeting someone they have not seen in years or perhaps decades can present a very nerve-wracking experience. Most people find themselves quite anxious in these situations, sometimes so much that coping with them seem almost impossible. Luckily, PeopleFinders.com has a few tips that are sure to alleviate some stress and make for a much more enjoyable meet-up.

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Celebrate Your Name In 2013

March 3rd, 2013

How often do you think about your own name? That may seem like an odd question, but the first week of March is Celebrate Your Name Week. It’s seven days to ponder the importance of your personal moniker.

The concept of Celebrate Your Name Week was created by Jerry Hill in 1997. He encourages people to take time to learn more about their own name – and the names of others.

At PeopleFinders, we think names are very important. They are our personal titles. They help us build our sense of identity. And they help us identify, associate and reconnect with the people who share our world. So, we proudly present an updated version of our own Celebrate Your Name article, and encourage you to learn a little more about names this March.

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Each year, Google analyzes the data from over one trillion searches completed across the globe using its search engine. This zeitgeist breaks down the data into several categories and provides the top 10 trending queries for each category. Lists are provided for the entire world, as well as broken down by country so that comparisons can be made as to what search queries were popular in one country compared to another, as well as compared to the rest of the world.

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There are very few days of the year that are as divisive as Valentine’s Day, with most people falling in one of two camps. There are those that look forward to it, and celebrate it fully. They embrace the idea of celebrating love and believe in Cupid and all that he has to offer. On the other side of the fence are those that think that Valentine’s Day is a manufactured holiday by the greeting card, chocolate, and flower companies. They feel that it is a way to generate extra money, and not only a personal affront to those who are currently not in a relationship, but that it is mean and cold-hearted for those that are single.

Valentine’s Day can be particularly difficult for those struggling to get over a lost love. While recent break-ups can be that much more painful on Valentine’s Day, it can also make people think about all the relationships they had in their life. In some cases, the most painful to remember are those where it feels like the one kindred spirit, the love of your life has gone. Instead of focusing on the pain and negativity of losing this person, Valentine’s Day can be the perfect nudge to finding and possibly rekindling that romance.

 

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Celebrate Safer Internet Day

January 30th, 2013

The internet has managed to permeate every aspect of our lives and that presence can be quite awe-inspiring. But it can also be quite dangerous. With the insurgence of smart phones, the World Wide Web is in everyone’s pocket. Connecting with loved ones has never been easier with email, social media, and video calling. The internet should be free and open, but not at the expense of your safety.

When it comes to children and the internet, vigilance is the key. In several studies, there is quite the generational gap in understanding the power of the web. Most teenagers, children, and senior citizens admitted that they wanted to know more about the internet and how to be safeguarded.

Safer Internet Day is an annual holiday that promotes the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones among children and young people. It will be held on February 5th, 2013 as a worldwide push to show people how to navigate the internet safely with these helpful tips.

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Are you in the market to buy a residence? Whether you’re looking to buy a house, apartment, or condominium, you owe it to yourself to do the work and ensure that you’re getting the property you think you’re getting. If you have a great relationship with a realtor, you can rest assured that you’ll get quality information from them. However, their job is to sell houses, and your job is to learn everything you can about a property before you buy it.

Consider the simplicity of online public records from PeopleFinders.com with vast amounts of information about property searches and background information on housing, neighborhoods and more.

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It is easy to become overwhelmed during the holidays. There are parties to be on time for, a long list of presents to buy and wrap, not to mention the responsibilities of your actual everyday life. It is tempting to shop online because of the convenience and low prices. However, this is prime time for hackers to take advantage of your busy schedule and lack of time. If you aren’t careful, if you don’t stay vigilant, identity theft can happen to you. One simple slip or a thoughtless mistake may result in a big headache later.

Identity theft is a problem with a multitude of damages. The repercussions of this issue can linger for years and in the worst cases, it can leave you ruined financially. Attempting to take back your identity is very difficult, so prevention is really the best option.

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Be Your Own Detective

January 3rd, 2013

On January 6, 1854, a literary character was born. It was some years later before he was recorded in print, but the character born on that day has reshaped the way the modern world has looked at a detective. Sherlock Holmes, I presume?

It wasn’t until a story set in 1914 suggested the birth of Sherlock Holmes, placing him at age 60. At this point in his life and career, he had solved several crimes and endured many terrific adventures with Dr. Watson. To this day, Holmes and Watson remain popular figures in both contemporary culture as well as the literary classics offered in novel and short story form from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Most New Year’s resolutions come within a neatly wrapped box of expectation: I’m going to lose weight; I’m going to stop watching so much TV; I’m going to work less, and play more; I’m going to work more, and play less.

These are all great, ambitious ideas for New Year’s resolutions, but have you ever considered going outside of the box and adding a little adventure to your resolution? While you may not be ready to search for lost treasure, you could probably find someone from your past to make your next year a more joyous one.

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USPS Letters to Santa Program

December 18th, 2012

If you celebrate Christmas, chances are good that you have written at least one letter to Santa in your life. And if you have a child, chances are good that you sat down with your child to write at least one letter to Santa. The only difference is that as an adult, you know full well that the letter is not going to be answered by anyone.

But what if it was? For 100 years, the United States Postal Service has been making children’s holiday wishes come true through the Letters to Santa Program.

Starting in 1912, local postmasters and postal employees started responding to some of the letters to Santa sent by children each year. In the last 60 years, however, the program has taken that good deed one step further as postal workers, working with charitable organizations, businesses and individual citizens have tried to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children each holiday season.

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