How To find Someones Email Address With Facebook

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Use social networks to find someone’s email address

Find someone’s email address now

It’s funny how something like an email address can become so important in everyday life and yet it can be so difficult to find one sometimes. Almost everyone has an email address today. Well, at least most of the people that I know have one and I expect that you are the same. Sometimes, if you don’t know how to find someone’s email address it can be a nightmare. For some reason you can’t ask the person what their address is. Often it’s because that’s why you wanted to send them an email in the first place. You have no other way of contacting them.

When I get asked this question I usually send people to an online email tracer web site that collects emails for this very purpose. I find that this is always the best place to start because it can save you a lot of time but sometimes you need to try different approaches. The one I’m going to tell you about is how to use facebook to find email addresses.

Almost everyone has a Facebook account

Not all email addresses are that easy to find so it’s good to know about other ways that can help you to find them. One of my favorite methods is Facebook and I’m going to explain how you can find an email address using this very popular social networking web site.

I said earlier that that most people that I know have and email address. Well almost as many have FB accounts too and it’s possible to find people using the ‘Find Friend’ FB search feature. You have to have an account to do this but you might as well sign up if you haven’t already because most other people have done.

When you have created yourself a Facebook profile you can then click on the “Find Friends” link and type in the name of the person you are interested in into the search box. Clicking ‘People’ from the menu will show you members who match the name. You may well get a long list of people to choose from depending on how common the name is. Finding the right one can often be easy though because because most people have their photo uploaded.

When you have found the person that you are looking for you can then send them a private message by clicking the link by their name. The site will not show you persons email address but you can ask the person to send it to you in your message. Remember to be polite at all times when emailing and messaging people. You don’t want to offend anyone.

Facebook is good but it isn’t always the answer

With a little luck you may be able to find someone’s email address using this technique but it’s far from foolproof and it does take time. As I said most people seem to be on this social networking site but not everyone is. Also FB users users can opt to not receive messages from you. If they have done this then it will not be nearly as easy for you to contact them. If you find this to be the case and you can’t send your person a message, take a look at the profile of some of their friends. If one of them allows messages then you can ask them to forward your message to the person that you are interested in.

This is why I always suggest that you try an online email tracerweb site first. Utilize a web site that specializes in finding email addresses for you.

Author: Steve Gee

How Do I Find Someones Email Address By Guessing

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Guessing someone’s email address is possible but…

Find someone’s email address now

Have you lost someone’s email address? Are you trying to get in touch with someone by email but you never asked them for their address? You probably don’t have a telephone number or any other way of contacting them right?

This happens a lot. In fact it’s happened to me many times. Email is such a convenient way of communicating with people today whether you are friends, business acquaintances or even just people that you would like to get to know better. So how do I find someone’s email address when I find myself in this situation?

Save time by using a specialist email directory

This has happened to me many times before so the first thing that I do is go straight over to a specialist email finder web site because I know that it’s my best chance of finding the email address and it can save me a lot of time trying to find that address by other means. All you have to do is enter the name of the person and in no time you should have a list of possible addresses. You then just have to pick the one that you are looking for.

Unfortunately there is nowhere that you can go to find a list of every single email address ever used. There are just far too many of them and there is no such thing as compulsory registration to a central body or list. Sometimes even the specialist email tracers will not be able to locate the address for you.

How to guess an email address

If you don’t have any luck with the email tracer web site then there are several other methods that you can use to find someone’s email address. One of these methods is what I like to call “Guessing the email address”.

You can guess what the email address might be and then send a polite message to that address explaining that you are trying to find someone but you don’t know their address. Make sure you apologize for their inconvenience. You can’t just make up any old address though, that would get you nowhere. You need to be a bit clever about it.

At this point it’s probably worth checking that you haven’t ever received an email message from this person before. If you have and you can find it then you can simply reply to it and the problem is solved.

Guessing personal email addresses

If you are going to try and guess a personal email address for someone then you first need to guess the domain of the email provider. This is the part of the address that appears after the ‘@’ such as ‘aol.com’ or ‘gmail.com’. If you have a good idea of the domain you can then try guessing various combinations of the persons name with a dot, underscore or hyphen between the first and last name. You can also try nicknames if you happen to know them. Use these combinations to produce a list of addresses that look similar to ‘first.last@ aol.com’. Of course the more common the name the less chance you have of finding the right one.

Guessing work email addresses

Personal addresses are very difficult to guess so you might have better luck trying a corporate email address if you know where the person works. Assuming that the person has an address at work that is of course. First find the web site of the company where the person works and note the domain of the site. It will be something like ‘acmecorporate.com’. Many corporate email systems use a systematic approach to email addresses using combinations of first and last name or first initial and last name. Make a list of possible addresses like you did for the personal address.

Now a lot of these emails will bounce back to you with a message like ‘recipient unknown’ but some of them might get through to real people. If it’s the wrong person and you enclosed a nice message then they might make a little effort to try and find the right recipient for you. This is more likely to happen with corporate addresses. I often get messages in error at work and I simply forward them to the right user.

Use an email service – it can be a lot easier

So now you know how you can find someone’s email address by using a little educated guesswork. I have to tell you though that it’s a long shot at best. The chances of this method working for you are not good.

This is why I always suggest that you try a specialist Email Tracer service first because very often it’s going to be your best chance of finding the address you are looking for.

Author: Steve Gee