Facebook is a social networking site that makes it easy to connect and share thoughts with family and friends online. Originally facebook was designed for college students, Facebook was created in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg while he was enrolled at Harvard University. By 2006, anyone over the age of 13 with a valid email address can join Facebook. Today, Facebook is the world’s largest social network site, with more than 1 billion users worldwide.
Searching Facebook is a great way to find anybody online. With it being the largest social networking site in existence, your odds of finding the person you are looking for is fairly high.
Facebook lets its users to add lots of information about themselves on their profile, and the inherent (one attached with another) function of the site is to bring people closer together through information sharing. You can have this to help you find someone on Facebook, whether it’s a friend you used to know, an old coworker, neighbors, family, etc.
Facebook is not the only way to find someone on the internet. Dedicated people search engines are helpful too, even more so if you don’t know the person’s name, you have no friends in common, they’ve blocked you, or if you and/or them don’t use Facebook.
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Facebook Search by the Person’s Name
The main search bar at the top of the website is the one method for finding people on Facebook by their name. You can type the person’s name and then filter the results to narrow them down.
Here are some tips to remember when using Facebook’s people search tool:
- When you search for just people on Facebook, select People at the top to avoid finding business pages, events, and other content.
- Use the filters off to the left to make the results more relevant. For example, find old class fellow on Facebook using their name and the Education filter (choose your school), or pick a business you’ve worked for from Work to find coworkers with that name.
- You do not have to have been associated with the person to locate them on Facebook. Select Choose a City, Choose a School, and/or Choose a Company to find profiles with that information in them.
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Search by the School They Went To
Don’t know the person’s name? Still You can have a Facebook search for someone even if you are not sure what their name is. Knowing which school they went to or currently go, for example, makes it a lot easier to find them online.
Search Facebook by the school name, and then choose People to filter the results by people on Facebook who have that school listed on their profile. Since lots of users add to their profile the school(s) they currently or used to go to, finding someone on Facebook suddenly gets very easy.
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Piggyback on Your Friends’ Friends
Using one of your Facebook friend(s) to find someone else is one of the best ways to find someone if you suspect that the person has anything to do with one of your existing friend(s).
For example, if any person used to work with you and/or another friend, or you used to all go to the same school or live in the same town, a mutual friend searching is your best bet in finding them.
There are a few ways to do this:
- Visit a friend’s profile and select the Friends’ tab to see all of their friends. You can see and search through the full list or read through their recently added friends and friends from groups, such as their workplace, hometown, or high school.
- Another way to find for a friend’s friend is to browse the People You May Know page, which is a list of people you might know based on your Facebook friends.
- Follow Step 1 above but use the Friend’s of Friends’ filter.
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Search for People in Public Groups
Groups are another way to search people online by Facebook. If you know the person is interested in a particular topic, you can browse groups they might be in.
To do this, search for a group from the main bar at the top of Facebook, and then select Groups from the menu. Once you’re on the group’s page, open the Members section to find the search bar.
Be sure to select Public Group if you want to be able to see its members (closed groups require you to be a member to see the other people that have joined).
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Use Facebook to Search for Related Information
Something else you can do is use Facebook to find someone’s presence elsewhere on the internet. You’d do this if you already have their Facebook information but you’re wanting their other social media account details, too, like to see if they also have a Twitter, Pinterest, online dating profiles, etc.
Every Facebook profile has a unique username at the end of its URL. Searching in Google or another search engine for that username to see if other accounts show up.
Another idea is to do a reverse image search on a photo from the person’s profile. It may be their profile image or any other picture of them from their account. If they’ve posted that same exact image elsewhere, you might be able to dig up their other online accounts. Google and TinEye are great for this.
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