Find friends and fam­ily on Facebook

Mar­tyn Casserly re­veals some quick ways to find peo­ple on the world’s most pop­u­lar so­cial me­dia site

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Use Search for Friends

One of the most com­pre­hen­sive ways to search on Facebook is to use the Search for Friends fea­ture. To ac­cess this, open Facebook on your PC and click on the icon of two sil­hou­et­ted peo­ple that you’ll see in the up­per right cor­ner.

When the drop-down menu ap­pears you’ll see the op­tion to Find Friends ap­pear just be­low where you clicked. Se­lect this and you’ll be taken to a new page that lists a num­ber of peo­ple Facebook thinks you might know. Ob­vi­ously it’s a good idea to look through this, as Facebook uses its al­go­rithm magic to try and match up users.

On the right side of the page you’ll also find the Search for Friends sec­tion. This al­lows you not only to search for some­one by name, but also in­clude op­tions for home towns, schools, col­leges, uni­ver­si­ties, mu­tual friends, and em­ploy­ers.

Just fill in de­tails rel­e­vant to the per­son you’re look­ing to find and hope­fully you’ll get the right re­sult.

Search for friends of your friends

If the per­son you’re try­ing to find is also known by some of your other con­tacts, then look through their friends list to see if they’ve al­ready tracked them down. To do this, go to the profile of your ex­ist­ing con­tact and click or tap on the Friends op­tion that’s found un­der their profile pic­ture. Now you’ll be able to scroll through all the peo­ple they’re friends with, and maybe stum­ble across your old mate.

Search old schools and work­places

When you first sign up to Facebook, and pretty much con­stantly af­ter­wards, you’ll be asked to en­ter which school, col­lege, univer­sity or com­pany you at­tended/worked at in the past. It’s rea­son­able to as­sume that the per­son you’re look­ing for has done the same, so the pages of th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions are a rich hunt­ing ground.

There’s a good chance you might find a group ex­ists, and join­ing this will put you in touch with plenty of peo­ple who might be able to aid you in your quest.

Search your email con­tacts

If you kept in touch with your ab­sent friend for a while af­ter school or work, then there’s a chance you might have ex­changed emails at some point. Facebook has a fea­ture where it will search your email ad­dresses and then high­light at any peo­ple on the so­cial me­dia plat­form who are not al­ready con­nected to you.

To en­able this fea­ture, go to the Find Re­quests sec­tion (the sil­hou­ette of two peo­ple again), click Find Friends, then from the box in the up­per right cor­ner en­ti­tled Add Per­sonal Con­tacts, choose which email ser­vice you want Facebook to search. En­ter your ac­count de­tails, then click the Find Friends but­ton and if you’re lucky you might find their name ap­pear.

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