Find Friends Online With These 7 Social Networking Websites

Here are the ‘people search options’ of some amazing social networking websites. You can use them to locate friends online and also trace people (hopefully, for good purposes):

7. Tagged

Quick facts:

  • Tagged currently has over 30 million users worldwide
  • Most of its users are outside of US

Search Results Example:

Tips when searching:

  • You can search by name, user name and email address
  • Think of what was your friend’s nickname and enter it there if you can’t find him via his real name or email
  • Take a look at the advanced search options, you can also search by age there

6. Bebo

Quick facts:

  • Most popular in Ireland, UK
  • Over 40 million users
  • They’ve been acquired by AOL in 2008

Search Results Example:

Tips when searching:

  • You can search for a user’s videos except for first and last name
  • Write as much information as possible in the search box, they don’t have advanced search options

5. Hi5

Quick facts:

  • Over 60 million active members
  • Most popular in Latin America

Search Results Example:

Tips when searching:

  • Narrow your search results (age, country)
  • You can search by email, just enter the email address there

4. Twitter (registration is required)

Quick facts:

  • You need to be registered to access their ‘find people’ option
  • One of the fastest growing websites
  • 25 million users

Search Results Example:

Tips when searching:

  • They still don’t have advanced system for searching for people
  • Most people use user names, so enter your friend’s nickname here

3. MySpace

Quick facts:

  • Still one of the most popular social networking sites around
  • Over 100 million users
  • Owned by NewsCorp

Search Results Example:

Tips when searching:

  • They have very user friendly search engine, you can search by name, user name, email
  • Search by last or first name only if your friend’s first/last name is rare
  • Use the email search option, enter your friend’s email address there

2. Linkedin

Quick facts:

  • Business-oriented social networking site
  • Over 50 million users worldwide
  • People post a lot career information there

Search Results Example:

Tips when searching:

  • Linkedin is a business-oriented website, so you can search by company, industry and so on. You need to register to do that, though
  • In case your friend worked in a particular company, you can search by company, find the people that currently work there and ask them whether they know something about your friend

1. Facebook

Quick facts:

  • The most popular social networking site
  • 350 million and growing active users online
  • Most likely, you can find most of your friends there

Search Results Example:

Tips when searching:

  • You can search by email address
  • Import your contact list so Facebook will see whether your friends have an account there (it will search by email)