Hello there! You’re here to Find Old Friends. I’m going to help you find them!
My name is Kevin and I work for a professional People Finder company who specialise in finding your old friends. This article is designed to give you some free hints and tips on conducting your own searches.
There are a variety of reasons why people look to find old friends. Sometimes it’s as simple as hearing a snippet of a song which reminds them of a special person or they end up wondering, what happened to….? This is very common and it is important for you to know that it is perfectly normal to try and trace old friends. Some people we work for feel slightly nervous about their attempt to find old friends but the truth is, we do this day in day out for a serious amount of people in the UK, so rest easy you are not alone in your desire to find old friends.
If you want to find an old friend and are prepared to pay for the best – FinderMonkey are the UK’s leading service for locating old friends.
So you have the desire to find old friends but you don’t necessarily have the methods to find them! These hints and tips are an excellent way to get started and outline different methods that you can use to get in contact with them. The internet whilst a phenomenally powerful resource can be incredibly confusing, so this guide gives a description of the services available to you for your search describing what, for instance, is meant by the term social networking and how you can use social networking to find old friends.
So you’re here, we know you want to get started so off we go…
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Tip 1) Interview Yourself – Memory Matters!
Get off on a sure footing and spend some quality time with your mind. You will surprise yourself with what you can remember about your friend. Jot down all of the things that you know about them. Even some of the more obscure things that you don’t think are immediately relevant might at a later date provide you with an avenue to explore. Hobbies and interests are a good example of this, you may be able to re-establish contact through a sports club or a forum dedicated to photography, maybe you could find old friends on websites or directories?.
So what do you know about your friend? Here is a template for you to use:
- Last Name
- Maiden Name
- Middle Initial
- Date of Birth or Approximate Age
- Partner’s Name
- Sibling’s Name
- Date of Marriage
- Last Known Address
- School Attended
- College Attended
- University Attended
- Interested In
If you have filled out some or all of these categories then you’ve made an excellent start!
Tip 2) Got to Get Yourself Connected
You may well have heard of the principle of Six Degrees of Separation. Yes, no, maybe? It’s a concept that you are connected to any particular person in the world through at most six people. They did this with Kevin Bacon as a famous example.
With this in mind, get in contact with people that knew your friend. This could for example include contacting their old place of work or speaking to old mutual friend. Also, make sure that you have a good look through your address book. If it’s anything like mine, you may well have forgotten that you have written down a person and address that might put you in contact with your friend.
It’s also a good idea to talk to your parents. Sounds odd, how can they help? Well, it was always my Mother that had the house Christmas Card address list so if I was looking for someone I knew I would always check with her.
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Tip 3) Find Your Friend Through Social Networking
The majority of people have heard of Facebook. Don’t worry if you haven’t, basically it’s a social networking site where people post details about themselves online and get in contact with old school friends, ex work colleagues, previous neighbours, all sorts of reasons. So it is a brilliant place to get started with your attempt to find old friends.
To do a proper search you will need to create an account or you won’t be able to look at all of the full search results for your friend. Creating an account is fairly painless so don’t be put off by this. Often if you type in the name of your friend straight into Google, it may well bring up a Facebook entry. When conducting your search there is the function to select a Region to search which isn’t always immediately apparent when you first log on.
Using Facebook to find someone with a common name will prove difficult. For example, trying to find John Smith in London will bring back too many results for you to sensibly be able to use.
Also don’t forget the following sites which might also kick-start your search:
MySpace, LinkedIN, Twitter and Bebo.
Even simply typing in your old Friend’s full name into Google could bring you one step closer to getting in touch.
Tip 4) Alumni and Friend Finding Specific Sites
Many Universities have an Alumni page. So if you are looking for a friend that you had at University this would be my first step. Usually these pages do require you to register but the information is free!
Don’t forget Friend’s Reunited as a very good source for your friend finding mission. The service is free to browse initially if you do want some contact details then you will have y I am afraid.
Tip 5) Friend Finder Boards and Local Newspaper Services
If you have a good idea of where your old friend lives, then many local newspapers provide an online bulletin board where you can post your details about the friend you are looking for. Remember the principle of Six Degrees of Separation so you might have more success than you’d banked on.
Similar to the local newspaper bulletin boards are specific online Friend Finder Boards. These are not often location specific but there are ones geared to certain characteristics. So for example if your friend was in the Forces, was a nurse or a backpacker then there may well be a site for you to post your search to. Think about the interests that your friend had and then gear your posts and search hat topic. Did you know you can also perform hes to Find People Abroad
Tip 6) Use a Specialist People Finder Service
Use an investigative service to find old friends. There are many people trace companies offering their services available on the internet. Ideally as well as access to the electoral roll you should be looking for companies that have access to systems that will enable them to conduct deeper searches. FinderMonkey.co.uk is such a service that works on a No Find No Fee people tracing basis and with an 85% success rate they are an ideal people finder service to use.
Tip 7) Hone Your Skills
Good Luck from Me in your search to Find Old Friends.