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Three Facebook People Search Tricks You Need to Know


Facebook has a massive number of users and there's a good chance that many of the people you know or have known in your life have Facebook accounts. When it comes to actually searching Facebook for friends and acquaintances, however, finding the person you are looking for can get a bit tricky. After all, there are millions of people on Facebook, so how can you be sure that the "John Smith" or "Joan Johnson" you're looking for is going to be the first result that pops up on a simple Facebook search? Luckily, there are a few tricks you can use to help you in your Facebook people search. Below we'll look at just three.

Finding friends

If you go to your Timeline you'll notice a tab near the top that says "Friends." Click on it and you'll be taken to a page showing your current friends, but in the top right-hand corner there is an option that says "Find Friends." The Find Friends page is extremely useful for getting in touch with people that you may know but are not currently Facebook friends with. This page shows your current Friend Requests, but also has a bar called "Search for Friends" that allows you to not only type the name of the person you're looking for, but to also search by hometown, current city, previous schools, mutual friends, and so on.

Getting around aliases

Not too long ago, Facebook insisted that all members had to use their legal names, meaning that aliases were forbidden. That policy caused plenty of consternation among privacy advocates and among those who had perfectly legitimate reasons for wanting to use an alias (such as those who had been victims of domestic violence). Fortunately, Facebook now allows aliases, which has helped protect many members' privacy rights. However, aliases can also make it difficult to find people on Facebook who you are actually on friendly terms with. One way to get around this problem is to type in the email address of the person you are looking for into the Facebook search box. In many cases, the person you are looking for will pop up.

Finding work colleagues

There are a number of ways you can find people on Facebook who you currently or formerly worked with. One solution is to use the "Search for Friends" page described above and use the employer filter that is on that page. Alternatively, your employer may have its own company page. By going to this page you can look for members of the page along with the company's current and former employers. Searching a company's Facebook page allows you to quickly narrow down your search results in a way that a general Facebook search makes much more difficult.

Facebook is an amazing social media platform given the huge number of people who currently use it. As the above tips show, Facebook is also an invaluable resource if you are looking to find friends, acquaintances, or colleagues quickly and easily online.

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