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Find friends and family on Facebook

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


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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