Yellowpages and Whitepages are great help for finding
information about companies, people, products etc. While yellowpages
provide information on companies and products, whitepages provide
information on people (like a telephone directory) So, if you are
looking for contact details of a company in Bahrain, probably the
search will start from a business directory of Bahrain.
Before the advent of Internet, printed yellowpages
were about the only source of such information. These printed directories
are not only expensive but tedious to use as search options are
usually limited to category or company.
With the advent of Internet came hundreds of yellowpages
with not only superior search facilities generally associated with
computerised databases but also at almost no cost. Even after dotcom
bust there exists a large number of country specific and special
purpose yellowpages where access is still free.
Another feature of Internet directories is the ability
to search for people (also called whitepages) as in telephone directories.
This is a wonderful feature not available before Internet era where
one can search for telephone directories of the world in the Net.
For example, MTNL telephone directories are now available in the
Tips on Better usage of Yellowpages and Whitepages
Prefer country-specific directories rather than
general purpose ones.
Read the help/guide file before search, it saves
Check the language - is it English ? If not, is
an English version available ?
Some directories allow reverse search (i.e. find
telephone number when you know name, as well as find name when
you know telephone number). It is a very helpful feature - specially
for people search
Many directories allow partial string matching
- for example a search by 'joh*' will retrieve John, Johny,
Johnson etc.) While this is great help when you do not know
full name - partial string match also retrieves lot of unwanted
junk. Use this feature carefully.
Narrowing down your search always helps. For example
if you know the State or province or Category - input them in
search query (provided the directory allows multiple keyword
Check your spelling. Upper case, lower case mix
usually does not matter
List of select yellowpages. Please use any search engine
to cover other countries.
Telstra Australia Yellow Pages http://www.yellowpages.com.au/
Bahrain Internet Pages http://bahrain.middle-east-pages.com/
Official South African yellow Pages http://www.yellowpages.co.za
Business Directory and yellow Pages for South Africa http://www.easyinfo.co.za
China Big - Comprehensive Business Listing for Greater
China - in Chinese and English http://www.chinabig.com/en/srch/
China Pages http://www.chinapages.com/
Abu Dhabi Business Directory http://www.adcci.gov.ae/services/directory/index.html
List of few notable whitepages
Special Purpose Directories
Inmarsat Ships Directory - Telephone numbers of
ships in Inmarsat Global networks. If you are ashore and you
want to contact a ship at sea, use this directory for the ship's
tel, fax, telex or email address. http://www.inmarsat.org/ships/
KOMPASS Trade Directories 1.6 million companies,
23 million key product and service references, 3.2 million executive
names 744 000 trade and brand names.... http://www.kompass.com/
- Newsletter on Business Opportunties from India and Abroad
Vol: 2, Issue 37
February 21' 2002
Dr. Amit K. Chatterjee
(Amit worked in blue-chip Indian and MNCs for 15 years in various
capacities like Research and Information Analysis, Market Development,
MIS, R&D Information Systems etc. before starting his e-commerce
venture in 1997. The views expressed in this columns are of
his own. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org