How can I find missing friends?

Using the internet can be a very powerful tool for finding missing friends. Of course if your friends have been missing from you for a very long time, it may be slightly more difficult, or it may just be that they never wanted to be found.

Here are a few tips on how you can search for missing friends.


Facebook should be the first place you look. If you cant find them from searching for there name, perhaps they either do not have a Facebook account, or they have it set as private so they cant be found with searches.

If the person you are trying to find is not showing up, you can search for family members they may have. For example do they have brothers or sisters, if you can locate any of these, and your friend is not on their list, then chances are they are not using Facebook, but you can always contact them now and ask about your friends whereabouts, leaving a email address and number that they can pass for you.

Google Search

Google search engine crawls billions of web pages every day, and the chances are if your friend has been on the internet for some time, they may have wrote their name somewhere.

By searching using quotes like this “persons name”, the search results will show exactly everywhere that name has been found. A quick look through some of these and you could very easily find your missing friend.

If you don’t find your friend or any helpful information using both methods above, it really is going to be quite difficult to locate your friend. However here are other tips in which you can try:

Where did they last work when you knew them, chances are they could still be working in the same place. A quick call to ask to speak to a person will instantly tell you if person works at that place or not.

Where did they last live, they could still be living at the same place.

Out with searching for Facebook family members, you could try searching for best friends you knew they had. When you find any a simple message to ask could be enough.

I would avoid paying for any service that promises to find you someone. Usually the information can be a little dated, and no longer applicable. Or they simply might just give you results for another person with the same name.

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6 thoughts on “How can I find missing friends?

  1. I agree never pay for any services. The friend I was looking for was a very old friend who moved to Australia many years ago. I ended up trying a couple of paid services and they were rubbish. All outdated data with nothing provided giving me any help whatsoever 😐

    1. Yeah the services which you can pay for were all usually once accurate, but once that person starts moving around, changing house etc, then they quickly become outdated, so you end up paying for a lot of rubbish information.

  2. If they aint on Facebook they are either dead, or live a private life. Anyone seeking relationships from their past would be on Facebook.

    I don’t see the attraction in having 200 friends on a site where only 10 of them are true friends and the other 190 you have not seen since when you were at school. Each to their own I guess though.

    In regards to the question how to find missing friends, putting the persons name in quotes “Name of person” and searching on Google can bring back a lot of results, this would be the best way I would imagine.

    1. I agree Fiona, the quotes “search” does work very well. I actually mentioned this in the article above 😉

      I often use it when searching for information online, and it always returns back the best results for me on Google search.

  3. If they are not on any social websites, chances are they are private and don’t want to be contacted. Also if you are on these social sites, it would be so easy for them to find you (if they wanted to) and get in touch. Most likely why you have never heard of them is either because 1) there dead, or 2) they don’t want to get in contact with you and are enjoying life as it is.

    1. Brian your spot on. It’s so easy nowadays to look up an old friend from the past and get in touch. So if a person is looking for old friends and just cant find them, chances are they’re not interested at all, then best to just get on with life 😉

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