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Remember those times in school when you and your good friend hung out all the time? Losing a friend is tough, yet finding them again is so exciting. Hopefully this will give you some ideas of how to find that long lost friend.

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    Start out by looking up the person's name on Google. You can also search the person's name in "Google Images" for pictures of the person and then run through some of the sites on Google for that person's name.
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    Get a Facebook. Sometimes in these modern days, if you have a Facebook you can search your friend's name. If she/he has a Facebook, it will let you know. Just be aware that searches of some people with common names might come up with lots of results that you will have to sift through.
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    Use an online "people" search engine/finder. You can find these by searching on Google or US Search or 123people.
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    Search There is over 100k people on that site, and there's bound to be someone on there that knows your friend. Maybe you'll find another person you were both friends with, and you could send a message and ask them about the person you're looking for.
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    Try It's a meta-search engine that searches for people across IM, social networking, and dating sites.

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    How do I search for a long lost friend based on their profession?
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    Try searching their first and last name and their profession, you might find something. would also be a good place to start.
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    How can I find my best friend when he moved and is no longer on social media?
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    Ask your parents to contact your friend's parents. Other than that, perhaps ask through friends of friends.
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    How can I find a friend when I only have their first name?
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    That would be almost impossible, so you'll have to come up with some other details about them. Those could include their parents' names, elementary school, city, etc.
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    How can I find someone with just a photo of them?
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    Image-related searches are your best bet, but If that photo never existed on the Internet, it's going to be impossible to find what you're looking for.
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    How do I find an old friend when all I have is an address?
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    You could try writing to the address. Explain who you are, who you are looking for, and how someone might contact you
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    How do I find a friend and co-worker? We worked in Cincinnati for a senior citizen in-home service organization that no longer exists.
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    Look them up on Facebook or other social media networks, search for their name on Google, or search the organization's name on LinkedIn. Even if it no longer exists, the person still might have put it on their LinkedIn resume.
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    How do I find a friend on the internet if all I have is a photo?
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    Try a reverse image search using, Google Images, or another reverse image search website. If you can’t find the photo, try a different site, since different sites may use different ways of finding images.
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      • Patience is a must. It can be very hard if you don't know your friends last name or address.
      • If you know the person's email ,maybe that would help with finding them there.
      • Be persistent and patient. Just when the search may seem futile, there may be a sudden link that takes you to the person you are seeking.
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      Things You'll Need

      • Computer
      • Internet
      • Your friend's name
      • Luck
      • Persistence
      • Ingenuity

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