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How to Find a Lost Friend

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Feb 7, 2018 1:46 AM

There are a lot of reasons why can you lose touch with certain friends or relatives. For some people life became so demanding that they didn't have enough time to pick up the phone and stay in touch with you. Dealing with a busy work schedule can ruin friendships. One of the other main reasons for losing touch with someone is physical distance. If your friend moved to a different state a while ago, then he or she may have spent a lot of time trying to adapt to new surroundings and didn't bother staying in touch with people they were once close with.

Remember the Name

If you don't remember the full name of your friend, it will make your task a lot more difficult. There are few ways to try and recall your friend's last name. If he or she was a colleague, be sure to visit the workplace where you met and find out if there is any archived information on that person. If any middle names appear, be sure to use it in your investigation, as it will help you to narrow down the search. Consider the possibility that the person might have changed their name. This could be the case especially if your friend is a woman, since she could be carrying a different last name.

Use Google

If you know the name of the person you have lost touch with, the first thing you should do is Google it. Be sure to use quotation marks when typing in the name. This will make the search engine search for the exact phrase. If that person is registered in a phone book, the quotations may help you gain their phone number immediately. If you know the state where that person lives, you should also include it in your search. This will be helpful to narrow down the search, especially if you are searching for a common name.

You should also use any additional information would improve the search, such as middle name, profession, etc. In order to take it to a higher level by being more specific, you have the option of using advanced features for your search. To make sure that you've come across the right person, use Google images.

Use Search Tools

Today, there are a lot of online services that allow you to track down some old friends through their database. Don't forget to check the phone directories as well. There are a lot of online phone books that provide information about certain people. Specific search engines allow you to do a research for military buddies, work colleagues and school friendships. There are search engines that have access to billions of public records and cover 95% of American adult population.

Use Social Media

Facebook is known to be the most popular social media platform when it comes to connecting people. If you are searching for a person through the internet, be sure to check if he or she has a Facebook account first. If you can't remember the full name, you can try tracking down your friend through familiar interests. Facebook has a lot of groups and fan pages which allow people to connect.

Be sure to consider the way of how you got to know that person as well. If you met in school, there's a big possibility that you can track him/her down using that information. Facebook allows people to share personal information, which means that you could be able to track someone down by searching schools and workplaces they've been a part of.

If you know someone only by their nickname, there's a possibility of not recognizing him or her by their full name on Facebook. Another possibility is having more people in results under the same name. To avoid these issues try using your information on other social media platforms, such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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