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Wendy Boswell

Three easy ways to search for people on Facebook

By April 23, 2010

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how to search for people on facebook If you're on Facebook, and you'd like to find someone you're not friends with, here's how you can do it.

First, in order to see the full results of your search, you'll need to sign up for Facebook. If you're already a member, go ahead and login.

  1. 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. Use your Facebook friends as a resource. Click on their Friends and choose the "See All" option to scroll through their list of friends. This is a great way to find someone in common that you might have forgotten about.
  3. Use the Facebook Suggestions link (found to the right of your news stream) as a jumping off point. You'll not only see potential friends and fan pages here, but if you scroll down a little, you'll also see an opportunity to search within your groups: college, high school, workplace, camps, etc.

How do you like to search for people on Facebook? Give us your tips in the comments below.

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July 27, 2010 at 10:27 pm
(1) Isktasi says:

Thanks Wendy. But when searching for friends in “Find your Friends” page, I get a lot of results matched with the search words. They are from various countries but I would like to search the person within my country. Suppose I would like to search all people called “Wendy” only within United States. I will get a refine search option. But it’s very deep. I can only search for people only for particular city there, not the whole country. That means I cannot filter the search with “United States” but I can filter it “Naples, FL, US”. But I want to search within a huge range so that I do not need to search there again with “orlando, FL, US”, “Sunrise, FL, US” etc. I just want to search with “US” or “FL, US”. But filtering with this does not bring the people that comes with the specific city filtering. What’s the solution.

October 8, 2010 at 8:20 pm
(2) kris says:

same problem. why is it so hard? it says region, but as you saif it wants exact city.

October 9, 2010 at 12:28 am
(3) Wendy says:

Hey guys, I have the same issue, hopefully Facebook is fixing these problems! Try your search again and let me know what happens.

October 16, 2010 at 5:53 pm
(4) Mauro says:

To further add to what’s already been stated, if you do choose to go through the tedious process of going through your search alphabeticaly, page by page, you’re confronted by repeated profiles and some profiles don’t even match your keyword. I have always disliked facebook. I don’t see why the whole world is going stupid over it.

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