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How to Find Out If Someone Has a Facebook

by Filonia LeChat

Out of the billions of people in the world, over 500 million of them are on Facebook, with approximately 70 percent of them outside the United States, according to Facebook's press room in February 2011. The social media networking giant, the subject of a major motion picture in 2010, gains new users every day. A person's Facebook page is an ideal way to find out information about him, but first you have to determine whether he has a page on the website. Follow these steps if you don't have a Facebook page yourself. If you do, follow directions in the Tips section.

Step 1

Open an Internet browser and navigate to Facebook's "People Search" page at Facebook.com/find-friends.

Step 2

Type the person's name into the "Search for people by name" text box.

Step 3

Press the "Enter" key on the keyboard or click the small magnifying glass icon.

Step 4

Scroll through the list of names and review the small photo icons on the left side of the screen.

Step 5

Click the "See More Results" link at the bottom of the screen for additional names as available.

Step 6

Click a name link to see the initial Facebook page for the person. Without being logged in to Facebook, you'll see a limited amount of information that may help you determine whether this is the correct person, such as the person's Facebook "Friends" and personal interests.

Click the "Back" button to revert back to the list and continue checking for that person's Facebook page.

Tips

  • If you already have a Facebook page, just use the site's search box at the top of any page to enter a person's name, then click on "People" on the left side of the page. Note that Facebook has strict privacy settings; the person may have a page, but if it is set to "Private" or "Friends Only," you won't see much or anything at all.
  • Searching by name will be easier with less-common names. Also keep in mind that when reviewing peoples' pictures, some Facebook users use other images, such as their children, pets or entire family, so it may be difficult to spot that person.

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About the Author

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.

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