It can be difficult to find old friends on Face Book

@maximax8 (29129)
United Kingdom
March 10, 2010 1:19pm CST
I have managed to find some of my old friends on Face Book. Often I look for a name and lots of people are called that. Lots of them don't have a photo and then I don't manage to find these friends. I had a look on Friends Reunited. I went to secondary school with a friend which I will call T. T was adopted by a lady with a boy who I will call R and she also had a boy which I will call J and a girl which I will call T2. I sent a message to R and T2. I heard back from R and he said that his family no longer had any contact with my old friend T. He doesn't know where she lives now. It is a shame that I haven't been able to find my old friend T. It must be horrible for her that she no longer gets support from the mother that had adopted her. I can't help but wonder why my friend fell out with her family. I have managed to hear from my old school friend which I will call she. She is married with a son and a daughter. She lives with her family in a suburb of London in England. Have you managed to find all the old friends you wanted to on Face Book? What do you think of Friends Reunited?
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@phoenix8606 (4977)
10 Mar 10
hi! yes, it can be really hard t find old friends on facebook, especially women who got married and changed their names. I have tried to find some old friends from the primary school once but without any success. it is also important that they have added correctly the information about themselves, because if not, there is almost no chance to find them :(
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• Hong Kong
11 Mar 10
Me too, I can only find 1 old friend on facebook, what a pity. I found her only because she keeps in touch with a close friend of mine.
• Mexico
11 Mar 10
Hey Maximax8 greetings to you. You using letters to name your friends just reminded me of one of my favorites TV show, Gossip Girl. It is a bit confusing, your story. This has happened to me too. I want to contact my two best friends of my last year of elementary school. I can't remember the last name of one, but I've looked up for both, for the school and I can't find anything. Its so sad, like if they didn't exist. I've tried several times from now, but nothing. I mean, everybody I know has Facebook, but you are right. Many people with those names don't have pictures of shown information so its harder. I hope to find them one day and I'm glad you found who you where looking for. Have a great day, Libna.
@ShepherdSpy (8561)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
11 Mar 10
Unfortunately,some people you may remember from school or way back that you haven't been in contact with since that time may not be as keen or curious to pick things up from where they left off..Things like relationships have gone on in their own lives and they may well be content to let that dog sleep on at this stage..
@doryvien (2293)
• United States
10 Mar 10
Hi Max, I'm new at Facebook, and I've never tried to search for friends there (maybe I should). But I'm amazed that some long lost friends have managed to find me there, and now I get to communicate with them thru FB. I haven't checked Friends Reunited, I'll check it out when I got some free time.
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@RawBill1 (8541)
• Gold Coast, Australia
10 Mar 10
I have found a few of my old friends on Facebook, but mostly I have found that there are lots of people with the same name who are not the right people. I even saw that some were in the same city and had to look closely at the photos as you can never be sure what they look like these days. There are also those with no pictures, which I find annoying. Some old friends have also found me which has been great and I have been able to meet back up with them in real life even though we live 9 hours drive apart. I joined Friends Reunited in 2005 I think. The site had a different name back then and was more aimed at school friends, but now I believe it has grown a lot and is worldwide. It was started in Australia and was Australia only the last time I was on there. Most of the people from my school on there at the time were a lot younger than me and I did not know any of them. I made contact with one old friend from school on there. We live only an hour apart even though we are nearly 2000 kilometres from the school! We have since lost contact with each other though. I think that both of these sites are fantastic for re-connecting with old friends.
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
10 Mar 10
I managed to find a school mate whom I have not seen for over twenty five years on facebook. He was hardly recognizable bu I immediately recognized his name and surname. We were good friend for five years during the secondary school We had led different paths in life. I settled in life got married fathered a child while he toured the world. He is involved in fashion business (lucky him). We have not managed to make a reunion in real life right now. Hopefully we ll do it in the near future. I really hope that you manage to find your friend. Can you put an advert in alocal newspaper for her to see?
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@Wizzywig (7858)
10 Mar 10
Apart from one penfriend, i haven't found anyone on facebook. most of my 'friends' are my work colleagues. I've found a few old school friends on Friends reunited but we haven't really kept in touch.
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@jakill (835)
10 Mar 10
I often find it difficult to work out who's who on Facebook. Even people with unusual names are often duplicated. Friends Reunited can be better becaue you get much more specific information related to places and times.
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• Philippines
30 Mar 10
Hello maximax, It's sad that you are having a hard time locating your friend. As for me, I don't find it difficult to find old friends. Actually, the other day, I was looking for my Godfathers. and it was easy for me to locate for them. The other one, have a different profile picture, and his name is in wrong spelling, but still I added him, because the birthday is the same as the person I am looking for. And yes, when he accepted my request he is indeed my GodFather, a good friend of my mom. Have fun.
@longbangod (1791)
• Philippines
14 Mar 10
Yes it may be hard but I also managed to find through Face Book not only old friends but most of my cousins and relatives from all over the country. I love to add and add friends there, its one way of reuniting again with friends whom you don't see for quiet a long time already. The site really helps and I am very grateful I became a member of Face Book.
@shaie78 (141)
• Malaysia
11 Mar 10
Actually the facebook is good social community especial find some old friends reunited. I believe the facebook is the best social community in the future.
@mjcookie (2273)
• Philippines
11 Mar 10
I don't know about Friends Reunited, but I have managed to find old friends in Facebook, including my grade school and college classmates I haven't got in touch with. But not all of them, because not all of them has an FB account. Others have changed names (or at least the names that they use for Facebook), which makes it even more difficult.
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
11 Mar 10
i have looked for old friends and have come across the same problem as you have in that there are several by that name and often some dont have pictures. i guess i will have to wait til they find me!
@hvedra (1623)
11 Mar 10
I'm not on Facebook or Friends Reunited - frankly I'd probably do better contacting the probation service to track down school mates! I don't have any particular desire to get in touch with them. Don't speculate too much about your friend and what has happened in the family, sometimes people just grow apart - even families - and move on and away.