It happens to everyone. People move away or change careers, and it's all too easy to lose track of one another as the years progress. Whether it's an old schoolmate or your neighbor from childhood, we've all wanted to reconnect. But without their contact information, reaching out feels impossible. Luckily, finding long-lost friends online is easier than you might think.
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Before you begin your online search, you'll need to do a little prep work. Start by writing down any details you remember about your old pal. At this stage, everything is important — where they used to work, friends you had in common, their appearance at the time you knew them, etc. Having this information on hand will make it easier to narrow down your search results if you happen to find numerous people with the same name.
Sometimes finding an old friend online is as easy as completing a single google search. But, if you need to investigate further, here are several online databases that could help.
While the databases listed above are useful, it's hard to beat the power of social media. These days most people have at least some kind of online presence. Whether it's a Facebook profile or an Instagram account, social media is likely your best bet for tracking down your friends.
Of all the social media platforms out there, Facebook is probably the best place to start your search. Statistics show that in 2022, 2.93 billion users are still active on the platform. In addition to the sheer number of people on Facebook, the site also allows for advanced searches. This is incredibly helpful if you have information such as the city your friend lives in or the name of the school they went to. With these details entered, it will be easier to narrow the search results.
Instagram doesn't offer the same advanced searching that Facebook does, but it's certainly worth a shot. If just searching by first and last name returns too many results, don't worry. It's not uncommon for users to use a nickname on Instagram, so don't forget to search for those if your friend went by a common nickname. If you have a mutual friend, you can go to their profile and see if they follow the person you're looking for.
Linkedin is an excellent place to search for old colleagues. If you know where your friend currently works, you can search the company to view the employees. Or, simply type in your friend's name and look for people that have the same work connections as you do.
We all have that one friend that we can go years without seeing, but when you get back together, it's as if no time has passed at all. While that's lovely, it's not the case for every rekindled friendship. If you're looking to make contact with a friend from the past, you might need some easy conversation starters. Here are a few opening lines that will help you break the ice.
Finding long-lost friends online is easier than it's ever been. Now that nearly everyone and their cat has a social media account, you should be able to find whoever you're looking for with relative ease. Of course, if your online search is unsuccessful, there are additional methods for you to employ. Hiring a private investigator or simply calling around to friends and family to see if anyone has the contact information you're looking for are a few examples.