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Facebook: The Missing Manual by E. A. Vander Veer

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Finding Friends

Before you can make someone your friend, you first have to find that person on Facebook. The site gives you three different ways to do this:

  • You can look up real-life friends and acquaintances who are already Facebook members.

  • You can invite real-life friends and acquaintances who aren't on Facebook yet to join the site.

  • You can search for Facebook members you've never met but who share your interests (such as a background in server-side technology or a passion for container gardening).

Finding People Who Are Facebook Members

Some of your real-life friends and acquaintances might already be Facebook members. To find them, use one of the following search methods:

  • Search for Facebook members by name. In the Search field on the left side of any Facebook screen, type the name of the person you're looking for and hit Return. Facebook displays all the matches (and near-matches) it finds in all networks. If you see a ton of matches, click the People tab so your list won't be cluttered with groups or events that happen to match your search criteria. To narrow your search to a single network, choose a network from the "Show results from" drop-down list. To narrow it down by sex, age, or relationship status, click the blue Show More Filters link.

    Figure 3-4. 

    Tip

    In Facebook, clickable links are blue. If one of the names you see in the search results (or on your friends list, or anywhere ...

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