Use social networks to find someone’s email address
It’s funny how something like an email address can become so important in everyday life and yet it can be so difficult to find one sometimes. Almost everyone has an email address today. Well, at least most of the people that I know have one and I expect that you are the same. Sometimes, if you don’t know how to find someone’s email address it can be a nightmare. For some reason you can’t ask the person what their address is. Often it’s because that’s why you wanted to send them an email in the first place. You have no other way of contacting them.
When I get asked this question I usually send people to an online web site that collects emails for this very purpose. I find that this is always the best place to start because it can save you a lot of time but sometimes you need to try different approaches. The one I’m going to tell you about is how to use Facebook to find email addresses.
Almost everyone has a Facebook account
Not all email addresses are that easy to find so it’s good to know about other ways that can help you to find them. One of my favorite methods is Facebook and I’m going to explain how you can find an email address using this very popular social networking web site.
I said earlier that that most people that I know have and email address. Well almost as many have FB accounts too and it’s possible to find people using the ‘Find Friend’ search feature. You have to have an FB account to do this but you might as well sign up if you haven’t already because most other people have done.
When you have created yourself a Facebook profile you can then click on the “Find Friends” link and type in the name of the person you are interested in into the search box. Clicking ‘People’ from the menu will show you members who match the name. You may well get a long list of people to choose from depending on how common the name is. Finding the right one can often be easy though because because most people have their photo uploaded.
When you have found the person that you are looking for you can then send them a private message by clicking the link by their name. The site will not show you persons email address but you can ask the person to send it to you in your message. Remember to be polite at all times when emailing and messaging people. You don’t want to offend anyone.
Facebook is good but it isn’t always the answer
With a little luck you may be able to find someone’s email address using this technique but it’s far from foolproof and it does take time. As I said most people seem to be on this social networking site but not everyone is. Also FB users users can opt to not receive messages from you. If they have done this then it will not be nearly as easy to contact them. If you find this to be the case and you can’t send your person a message, take a look at the profile of some of their friends. If one of them allows messages then you can ask them to forward your message to the person that you are interested in.