This age of Social Media has brought new shape and meaning in ways that people keep in touch with each other. More than just a means of checking out how your families and friends are doing, Facebook is in fact a fantastic, powerful tool to search for people you might have lost contact with.
I’ve read about one father who finds his long lost son and ex-wife – and for sure you have your own share of losing and finding someone. Be it a prodigal uncle, a high school chummy chum, a school mate, past office buddies, etc.
Facebook has neat features and ways to reconnect people. Let’s look at this list:
1. FB Friends Page
Go to the find your friends on Facebook page. You have a number of options here: find people you know by email, find people you know by last name, find people on your IM (instant messenger) list, browse for people alphabetically (this is somewhat tedious) or browse Facebook pages by name.
2. Finding Friends of Friends
This is simple. Recall a common friend and use this friend’s FB list as a resource. Choose the “See All” option to scroll through their list of friends. This is actually a great way to find someone in common that you might have forgotten about.
3. Finding Phone Numbers
You can also scour for phone numbers via Facebook. In fact, you can use Facebook to create a personalized phonebook with a customized directory of your friends, family, relatives, etc.
4. Facebook Profiles
Facebook has a page designated especially for the networks that people choose to belong to. On this search page, you can search by name, email, school name and graduation year, and company.
5. Search for two things at once
Facebook (unfortunately) doesn’t have much in the way of advanced search, but you can search for two things at once by using the | character (you can make this character by pressing “shift backslash”). For example, you could look for Davao and Ann Laureano with this search: “Davao | Ann Laureano”
6. Search for Networks and Groups
Once logged in, the search field is displayed over to the upper left (a bit close to the middle). You may type any profile, group, school, post by friends. This is especially helpful and pretty easy to navigate. As soon as you enter values, a drop down menu showing all possible results will appear and then you can just choose.
And oh, by the way, the “Like” button actually serves as a bookmarking tool especially when used on any fan or group page that you’re interested about. All “liked” pages will appear on the ‘interest’ section of your profile page.