With over 2 billion active users, a Facebook People Search is one of the premiere means to locating people online. There are approximately 40 million users in the UK alone, which means just under two thirds of the population has a current profile. Profiles can cover a wide range of information including current location, a way to make contact, photos, maiden names and more. All in all it’s very handy for finding someone.

Facebook People Search

There are a few ways of finding people on Facebook. The first being the standard search tool. Type in a persons name and search. The results may include people, groups, pages, posts and more. This is easily narrowed down by selecting the “people” option in the menu. If however you do not get a result in people, it pays to sift through other results as there can be mentions of individuals.

To search for 2 things at once use a pipe | in between the terms. i.e. John Doe | Newcastle

Friends of Friends

If you are looking for someone that is associated with, works with, is related to, or friends with someone you know, be sure to check their friends list. If the list is available you can use the search bar on top to narrow down results. This is handy if you only have the first name of the person you are trying to locate. This is a great way of tracking down people when you aren’t certain of all details. You can also use school groups, workplaces and other organisations in a similar manner.

Search for Contacts

This is an interesting tool, in that it will search for people using contacts that you import from email providers or messenger. Contacts can be created at will in your own accounts, so if you have other details such as a phone number, or email address, you can use these to run a reverse email search or phone search and find a person.

Searching from the outside

Finding a person with on Facebook can sometimes be achieved from outside of social media. To run an external Facebook People Search, use a standard search engine like Google, or a specialist social media tool. Run a search on the name as you would any keyword. This can be handy in a variety of situations and does not require an account to perform a search.

Q What if I can't find someone on Facebook?

Whilst Facebook is one of the easiest means of finding people, it is no guarantee. Some people don't have an account due to their line of work, and others choose to keep their profile out of public view. If you consider that Facebook is just one of the starting points you may utilise, there are others. And beyond the obvious there is Tracedex, the UK's premier source of tools useful for locating someone. Take a look around, there are many ways to find people.

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