Facebook is one of the most visited websites in the world with nearly 1.8 billion registered users. As a result, it’s often one of the first places people check when they’re trying to find someone (or at least want to know what they’re up to). It’s even used as a people finding tool by lawyers, private investigators and other members of law enforcement! Since searches are free (and easy!) – finding people on Facebook takes just a couple of steps:
Step One – Create a Facebook Account
The first step for finding people on Facebook is to create your own account (if you haven’t already). Some Facebook pages are only viewable when you’re logged into an account, so that’s a must! It takes five minutes to set up an account and it’s free. Sign up Here
Step Two – Use the Search Facebook feature
Once you’re on your account, find the box that looks something like this:
To make it easier to find people, Facebook not only allows you to search by name, but also by nickname or maiden name (when applicable). This way, if the person you’re looking for is on Facebook and wants to be found, you should be able to find them in just a click.
Unfortunately, there are some limitations. Not everyone is on Facebook and – for those that are – not all Facebook users have their privacy settings low enough for you to easily find them. If you do find the person you’re looking for, the “public” information on their profile won’t necessarily tell you what you need to know unless you send them a friend request (and they accept). There a number of good reasons why you might prefer to be a bit more discrete while you’re searching, but it’s getting increasingly hard to use Facebook anonymously.
Fortunately, if you can’t find the person you’re looking for on Facebook (or would rather find people a bit more anonymously), there are specialty people search companies that can find anyone in the US. With as little as a name and last known state, you’ll can get free, instant preview results to get an idea of the information that’s available. You can even try a free search below:
If you decide you want to dig deeper, you a complete background check for around $10, which typically includes a current phone number & address, marriage/divorce records, criminal records and much more. So, if you absolutely need to find people or if you’re looking for specific background information and Facebook isn’t quite cutting it, try a people search and see what pops up!