Facebook has changed the lives of so many people around the world. There are over 845 million active Facebook users and it’s no surprise that senior citizens are the fastest growing segment in the U.S., according to Pew Internet and American Life Project.
I’m sure you’ve heard all the wonderful stories about people reuniting with grade school friends, rekindling a relationship with a long lost love, or reconnecting with their kids or grandchildren on Facebook.
If you’d like to learn how you can find your long lost friends on Facebook, here are a few ways to help you do this:
Email Contact List
1. After you log in to Facebook, visit http://www.facebook.com/find-friends and a long list of email providers and communication/chat networks (e.g. AOL, Hotmail, Comcast, Gmail, Yahoo, Skype) will appear.
2. Select the email accounts you would like to import contacts from and enter your email/username and/or password.
3. Click “Find Friends” and your contacts will be imported. A list of friends from your contacts who have an existing Facebook will appear
4. Select the friends you wish to “Add” to your Facebook account.
5. Last, but not least, for the email contacts that do not have an existing Facebook account, you will be asked if you would like to invite them to join you on Facebook.
1. After logging on to Facebook, you can type in the name of the person you are looking for in the “Search” bar located at the top of the page.
2. Your search result will include People, Facebook Pages, Places, Groups, etc., so you will need to filter so that only “People” appear in your search results. To do this, click on the “People” tab located in the left navigation bar. Your search result will now include only People with the name you entered previously in the search bar.
3. If the person you are looking for does not appear on the first page of results, you can narrow your results by entering where they live, where they went to school, or the name of the company they work for. To do this, at the top of the page you will see listed under “Search Tools” the following filters, Location, Education, and Workplace. Select the filter you wish to apply and enter their location, school or workplace.
People You May Know (Facebook Suggestions)
The first two methods listed above should help you get started. However, another popular feature that has helped me reconnect with friends is the “People You May Know” feature. I suggest looking at this after you have added a handful of friends because Facebook will suggest friends based on the people you are already connected with on Facebook.
People You May Know looks at, among other things, your current friend list and their friends, your education info and your work info. If you are already friends on Facebook with some people from your last job, for example, you may find some more of your former coworkers (assuming they are visible to you in search) among the “People You May Know’ suggestions.
This feature appears to the right of your Home Page.
I hope you find who you’re looking for. Feel free to post questions or comments below!