How to Figure Out Someone's Email Address

by Missy J. Talbot

An email address is a simple way of getting in touch with someone. You can send messages to a person via their email, and you can include attachments or files in those messages. If you don't know someone's email address, there are a lot of ways you can figure it out. If one technique doesn't work for you, keep trying different ones until you find it.

Call the person on the telephone, or write them a letter, and ask their email address. Unless they want it kept private, they'll probably give it to you.

Search for the person on social networking sites likes Twitter, Facebook, or MySpace. Once you become their friend on the social networking site, look in their personal and contact information to see if there is an email address listed.

Type the person's name into a search bar in an Internet search engine. The search will yield any results where that person's name appears online. If it appears in any results, look through them. School directories, work directories, personal home pages, and information lists might all have email addresses listed online. Look at the pages where the person's name appears and see if there is an email listed.

Write to any commonly held friends to see if they have an email address for the person.

Use an online email search program, like Yahoo Search or My Email Address Is. Input the person's name and see if the search returns any information. There are many different email search programs, so use a few of them to see what results you get.

About the Author

Missy Talbot started writing professionally in 2000. She has been published in "Grass Roots" magazine, "LifeTimes" magazine and on the websites TeacherWeb and The Teacher's Corner. Talbot holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and a Master of Arts in publishing. She is working on a Ph.D. in journalism.

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