How to Find People You Know on Facebook

By Carolyn Abram, Amy Karasavas

Part of Facebook For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A popular way to use Facebook is to find people from your past or get to know friends of friends. To find people you know on Facebook and to build your Friend List, check out this table, which outlines a few easy ways to do just that.

What to Do How to Do It
See which people in your e-mail address book or instant messenger (IM) buddy list are on Facebook. Click the Friend Requests icon in the big blue bar on top. Click Find Friends in the upper right corner of the menu that opens. Facebook allows you to import from a variety of popular e-mail and IM services from the Add Personal Contacts section.
Search your classmates and coworkers. Click the Friend Requests icon in the big blue bar on top. Click Find Friends in the upper right corner of the menu that opens. Enter school or work info into the correct fields in the Search for Friends section of the page.
Search for people by name. When you meet a new friend in the real world, look them up on Facebook. Type their name into the search box in the big blue bar on top and hit enter. Select them from the results based on their picture, location, or other details to make sure you have the right friend.
Check out people you may know. Based on which friends you already have, Facebook has ideas about people you may know. Check out the People You May Know box in News Feed and on the right side of your Home page to see you Facebook suggests.
Keep an eye on your News Feed. You may get News Feed stories about friends and some of their friends. You probably know many of the same people as your friends, so keep your eyes peeled for these stories. When you see someone you know, you can add them as a friend.