There are more than 1.44 billion active Facebook users. This is almost about a seventh of the world’s population of 7 billion. Finding someone halfway across the world only by their name can be quite a daunting task. There would be hundreds of Sarahs and Johns with Facebook accounts.
But you’d soon realize that Facebook advanced search is a robust tool that helps you refine your search using certain filters to efficiently find someone.
Here are a few easy steps telling you how to use Facebook’s advanced search so you can find that long, lost childhood friend of yours:-
Step 1 of using Facebook advance search:-
Go to Facebook and log in to your account. You will reach your homepage.
Type the name of the person/celebrity/page you want to search for in the search bar. You can also add the name of the city the person lives in, or the school they studied in, or any other details you know, right after the name to further enhance your search.
Here, for instance, we have typed “Adele New York” to look for a person with the name Adele who lives in New York.
Click the magnifying glass to view the complete list of results and to refine your search.
You can filter the search on people, pages, groups or apps on this screen. You can also search for photos and places.
When you specify it to people, you get the result for people named Adele who live in New York.
To further simplify your search to only people you may know, you can use the Find Friends option. This can be found under your friend requests.
Scroll down to the Search for Friends option on this screen.
Now you can put in the details of the person you are looking for, such as their city, their school or college, their employers or your mutual friend(s), and see the results!
Hopefully, you will find whoever you are looking for using these useful search filters. It is definitely more convenient than having to sift through a list of hundreds of people with the same name, trying to recognize them from the tiny thumbnails of their profile pictures.
In case you are searching for some long lost friend and couldn’t find them, do comment and we’d try to help as much as we can. In case you are trying to find an option of doing something opposite of trying to get in touch with some, check out our post about blocking and unblocking a Facebook friend.