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Jarrett M. Connect With Lost Friends "I needed to find an address for my friend, and I only had the phone number. A quick note before we get started: Many people in this world want to be left alone, and you should respect that—these tips are not intended to help you stalk an ex or relative who has made it pretty clear they never want to see you again. These are fairly global and disclose more personal details. Google is still the first, best step, when searching social media.
Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are all well worth digging into, and in each case there are little tweaks you can make to your searches.
Twitter has a people filter on its search, like Facebook does, as well as an advanced search page. So you can just drop in a name to get to sleuthing.
You can, for example, search for people who worked at a particular place or attended a particular school, get Facebook accounts linked to a Twitter account, and look up Twitter accounts with multiple friends in common, all through records that are publicly available. The moral of the story is, you can search for much more than a name. As we showed with the head of the FBI , the accounts of relatives and friends can lead you right to the person you want, even if that person is well hidden—the network of tags, likes, and retweets goes pretty deep on Instagram and Twitter, places where most content is public.
These daisy chains of connections can be traced with time, patience and some know-how. If we can find James Comey in the space of four hours, maybe you can find Aunt Myrtle.
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If the Google trail is dead, try alternatives such as Bing and DuckDuckGo , then try search engines that go deeper— WebCrawler , DogPile , and Monster Crawler are three examples to try, and of course you have the WayBack Machine that can turn up pages that have since been removed from the internet.
All those browser extensions designed to make it easier to do some professional networking, by showing you contact info that is often hidden, can also be mined for information as well.
The likes of Prophet , ContactOut and Discoverly can help you turn a little bit of information into a lot more—try installing any of these browser add-ons and see the difference it makes as you look up people on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and elsewhere. Both Bazzell and Giglio point to dating apps and websites as useful ways of tracking someone down online.