There are several easy ways to answer the question, 'how do I find people'. We'll look at some of the obvious searches you should use in this article. But beware, there can be complications when you find people who don't necessarily want to be found - by you. There may be issues with your own family and circle of friends as well when you find people you've lost in your life. We look at some of these issues and how to properly deal with them. Note: this is by no way an extensive article on how to find people. We're just covering the easiest ways you can find someone on the Internet.
How do I find people
|how do I find people who were once precious to me|
How do I find people on GoogleOne of the first places to go if you're looking for people is on Google or another search engine (if you're not on Facebook) because many people have made sure they can't be found on social networking sites. We'll use 'John Smith' (replace John Smith with your person's name in each example) as our chosen name. In your search panel type in "John Smith", "Facebook" in exactly the way it's expressed here. If the person you want to find is on Facebook, you'll be able to find him/her there, even if you're not on Facebook yourself.
- Note: If you know the person's middle name it'll be easier to find them.
- Many people don't have profile pictures visible to people who're not yet their friends (on Facebook). If you can't see their profile pictures you may not know if the John Smith you've found is the John Smith you're looking for.
How do I find people on Google using the 'image' option
How do I find people on Facebook
How do I find people on Facebook if they don't show up in my searches
Please consider that the person you're looking for doesn't want to be found. Remember you don't have to search out the people in your past, you always have the option to meet new people - at places like Badoo at Badoo.com. If you still want to find people on Facebook, there are a couple of other ways to do so (to find people who don't show up in your searches).
- Find someone in their close circle: their kids/parents/siblings. Click on their 'Friends' list and look for the person you want.
- Find the company for which they work on Facebook. Click on their 'Likes' list and look for the person you want to find.
- A less sneaky approach is to contact a friend/family member of the person you want to find and send them a private message explaining that you want to make contact with the person you've lost.
How do I find people on Twitter
Other ways to find people (less used)
Disadvantages to finding people in your past
What do I do when I find people
- Make sure they want to be found - by you.
- Don't expect an instant love-connection - even with long lost relatives. They don't know you. It takes time to build up a relationship.
- Don't leave your present life to enjoy this new virtual connection. This is all it is - a virtual connection. Your real family and friends still need you to be you.
- People change. You have and so have they. You may not have anything in common with them any more.
- As the person who 'found' the other, be careful you're not pushing the issue. They may just want to be nice, but want nothing to do with you.
- Last but definitely not least: you've lived without them for all these years. You can live without them now.
Anne Lyken-Garner is a published, author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here: http://getconfidence.net/annes-memoir/