Make New Friends but Keep the Old – Contact Friends after Graduation

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As you read the following lyric, what comes to mind? “And as our lives change, from whatever, we will still be, friends forever.” If your first thought was graduating, you are correct! Vitamin C hit the nail on the head when she sang the song “Graduation.” That well known line from the song’s chorus holds true to many aspects of the day you finally put on your cap and gown. From saying goodbye to your college friends, to moving to a new city for a job, your life changes after graduation. Though you have your lifelong friends from college or grad school, as you move to new places, you will be making new friends.

Did you know that Whitepages can help you find contact information for your new neighbors in your city, or even your new coworker? Read the steps below to see how you can easily start reaching out to your friends in your new city.

Scenario 1: You want to find the number of a contact you met in a city sightseeing tour last week

Head to Whitepages.com and on the homepage under the “people search” tab, type in the name and city of your (soon to be) new friend.

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Now’s your chance to start calling! After you hit “search,” you’ll see a list populated with the address and phone number of the individual’s name you typed in.

Scenario 2: You love your new neighbors, and want to have a housewarming but haven’t received their numbers… yet!

Head to Whitepages.com. Once you’re on the homepage, click the “address” tab and type in your nearby neighbor’s address, as seen below.

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After you click “search” you will see the neighbor’s contact information populate, making it easy to connect and form a friendship.

Remember, though you may be making new friends, you can easily keep the old. You can use the tools listed above to easily contact your friends from school even if they are moving to new places, too.

Does thinking about graduation make you feel reminiscent? For old time’s sake, don’t miss Vitamin C’s “Graduation.

Picture This: Your Digital Identity is Worth a Thousand Words

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When you go on Facebook or LinkedIn, you expect that your friends, family members and colleagues are being honest about their digital identity. When you create your Whitepages listing, you fill in your name, address and phone number, but you can also link to your social networks to provide a more complete portrait of your digital self.

But the funny thing about the Internet is that it does allow for some smoke and mirrors, to an extent. Apparently, it tends to be less offensive than outright deception in face-to-face encounters. Where’s the proof? Medical News Today highlighted a recent study conducted by University of Connecticut researchers who looked at the impact of “beautifying” pictures on an online dating site.

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It’s become almost automatic to provide a picture of yourself when you sign up for social networks, but nowhere is your “selfie” more important when you’re looking for love online. When you’re trying to make a match, your visual perceptions often takes the front seat. But anyone who’s scanned the tabloids waiting in line at the grocery store knows how amazing Photoshop is at making celebrities look otherworldly, for better or for worse. With online dating sites, photos are among several variables that others use to make judgments about your date-worthiness.

What does your profile picture tell others about you? 

The University of Connecticut researchers found that enhanced photos – including lighting, makeup and hair styling – had an impact on both men and women. In fact, women rated men with digitally altered profile pictures as more attractive and trustworthy. Men also indicated the enhanced pictures were more attractive, but, on the other hand, they expressed less trust in the potential dates.

Although this study’s insight is limited to online dating in a practical sense, there are bigger issues relating to digital identities that you can see. Like our real-world relationships, we have a great deal of influence over the way people perceive you. If the world is a stage, the Web is something more like a diorama of various stages of your life. You can foster real relationships and connect with people online, and creating a coherent, trustworthy identity is incredibly important.

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A 2011 study about digital identity completed by researchers at the University of Salford in the U.K. underlined the fact that our digital identities are largely fragmentary. Why? Unless you make an effort to align your LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter profiles, these will likely provide snapshots of your complete identity.

At Whitepages, we believe in the good that data can do when it’s used for the benefit of others. When you create your online profile, you should ask yourself a few questions:

  • What role does trust play in creating your online identity?
  • How do you want people to perceive you?
  • What do you value does your digital identity have for you and others?

The beauty of Whitepages is that it helps you create an accurate digital self-portrait, which builds a Web experience based on trust and transparency. Whether people are trying to contact you or you want to reach out to someone else, honesty will always get you started out on the right foot.

School’s Out for the Summer (and Camp Is in!)

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Alice Cooper may have said it first, but we are about to start hearing kids everywhere sing “school’s out for summer.” As many know, the first few weeks of having the kids home 24/7 are absolute bliss. The days are filled with activities, swim lessons, play dates and more. Finally, the inevitable need for alone time hits and stay-away camps begin to sound appealing.

Now that you’re in stay-away camp research mode, what ever happened to the phone number of camp counselor your friend recommended? Whitepages is here to help. Did you know you can lookup the counselor’s number as well as look up the number of recommended camps using our business and people search tools? Read on to see how you can effectively utilize Whitepages to find needed camp information that was lost during the transition to summer.

  1. You lost a recommended counselor’s number, now what?
    Don’t fret! If you or your friend remembers the counselor’s name, simply head to Whitepages and type in the name and address as seen below. After you click “search,” you will see names populate with phone numbers.

     

    Hint: You can look up the counselor by number, too! Rather than searching by “person” you search by “phone,” as shown in the image below. All you need to do is type in his or her phone number in our reverse phone lookup and click “search.” The embarrassment of forgetting their name is averted.

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  2. “Now, where did I put the camp’s number?”

    If you’re asking yourself this question right now, you’re not alone. It’s easy to remember the name of your kid’s favorite camp, but it’s not always so easy to remember, let alone write down the number. Rather than spending time looking through your rolodex to find it, you can quickly search for the number on Whitepages using our business search tool. As shown in the image below, click the “business” tab on the Whitepages homepage. Next, type in the camp’s name and location (we chose Boys and Girls Club) and you’ll see a list populate with the needed numbers.

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It’s that easy! Plan some alone time this summer by scheduling a kid’s camp with help from Whitepages

Meet Engineering Manager, Brent

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Meet New York native and Whitepages engineering manager, Brent. As an engineering manager, Brent leads a team of 5 who work closely together to tackle the front end of our Caller ID Android app. If you have the opportunity to walk around our office, you would likely find Brent working intensely at his desk, but if you listen closely, you just might hear him listening to Beck or Arctic Monkeys. Let’s meet Brent!

Which office are you in?
Seattle

Why did you join Whitepages?
I wanted a chance to create mobile apps that would reach millions of people.

What’s your hometown?
Fredonia, NY

What’s your favorite snack in the kitchen?
The new Sriracha covered cashews are pretty awesome.

How do you take your coffee?
Cream and sugar, but two of those hazelnut creamer packets in the kitchen will do.

What do you listen to at work? What’s on your playlist?
Recent favorites: Beck, Arctic Monkeys, Green Day, Milky Chance, Twenty One Pilots, Zedd, The Strokes.
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(The Arctic Monkeys!)

What was your very first job?
My parents used to own a small corner grocery store (attached to our house). I worked there as a cashier and I would also stock the shelves.

Describe your first computer.
It was a TI-99/4A. I saved up $60 from my allowance and my grandparents paid the other $60. I taught myself BASIC programming on it, and would save my programs to cassette tape.
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What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?
I used to really love a show called the Dukes of Hazzard. So embarrassing.
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Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know _______.
My wife and I were in the same Kindergarten class.

What are you most proud of?
My family (my two daughters!).

What do you do when you have 30 minutes of free time?
Play Words with Friends, scan my twitter feed.

If you had 10 extra dollars what would you buy?
Probably a couple of cool new iPhone/iPad apps.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
No song exists that can handle my singing voice. It’ll also be a cold day in hell that you’ll find me on a karaoke stage.

What’s the last vacation you went on?
Went with my family to England for Christmas. Spent time in London and the English Countryside.
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What’s your signature gelato flavor?
Cappuccino and Chocolate.

Two things you can’t live without?
Chocolate and my iPhone.

#TeamWP: Meet Engineering Manager, Steve

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Meet Steve, dad, coding enthusiast and engineering manager at Whitepages. Steve manages a team of developers who are responsible for development of all Whitepages Web properties on all devices. In total, those properties have 250 million page views per month for 55 million unique users (wow!). Steve is clearly passionate about his job and his team. In his own words, Steve says, “I manage a team of eight of the most talented full stack developers I’ve had the pleasure of working with over a 15 year career.” Let’s meet Steve!


Which office are you in?
Seattle

Why did you join Whitepages?
There are so many reasons! I can give you my top three:

  1. The team. The talent and passion of the engineers I get to work with on a daily basis is truly a privilege.
  2. The Impact. Code I write today is in the hands of 60 million users tomorrow. Impacting so many users directly is such a satisfying part of working here at Whitepages!
  3. Engineering Culture. From product inception, to architecture, to testing and development, the engineering culture at Whitepages produces a consistent drive for perfection. There is nothing I love hearing more than a discussion within the group about code style, syntax, testing paradigms, or how to best optimize our CI process. Each and every engineer within our organization has the ability to impact our culture and processes, and it shows.

What’s your hometown?
Woodinville, WA

What’s your favorite snack in the kitchen?
Strawberry Yogurt

How do you take your coffee?
In the machine with a side of Monster Rehab!

What do you listen to at work?  What’s on your playlist?
When I’m coding, I enjoy listening to Calvin Harris, Daft Punk, deadmau5, etc. Something about the driving beats when I’m in the flow really keeps me motivated. When I’m not coding, I enjoy listening to my own voice as I complain about not coding. (Now, that’s what we call passion!)

What was your very first job?
My first job as a 15 year old was as a sales associate at Play It Again Sports in Woodinville.

Describe your first computer.
This may date me a bit, but my first computer was an Apple IIe with a beautiful ImageWriter dot-matrix printer my dad got the family for Christmas.
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What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?
Looney Tunes, of course. Early Woody Woodpecker was a staple in the Saarinen household.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know _______.
I had a beautiful gold 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass with a 350 Rocket as my first car. That 3,500 lb beauty carried me all the way through high school…until I drifted it sideways into a curb and broke both axels, all because I was showing off for a girl. Man, I miss that car!
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What are you most proud of?
Besides my two beautiful daughters, I’m most proud of the 1st place trophy I took in the Whitepages team Karting GP at Pacific Grand Prix! It’s kind of a big deal…

What do you do when you have 30 minutes of free time?
This would be a toss up between a couple games of Call of Duty, or an episode of Archer.

If you had 10 extra dollars what would you buy?
Ten bucks would fill my SCUBA tanks. Maybe some crabbing would be in order?

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Anything George Michael. My mom says I sound just like him…

What’s the last vacation you went on?
Disney World with my daughters. I will not confirm or deny the fact that I may have developed a crush on Princess Jasmine.
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What’s your signature gelato flavor?
Chocolate

Two things you can’t live without?
My two girls and adrenaline…also, Princess Jasmine…
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