As we grow older, we begin to reminisce about the past. You may wonder what your high school friends are up to these days, or whether an old boyfriend or girlfriend is married with kids. And you wouldn't be alone—seven in 10 online adults have searched for information about other people (we bet that seven out of seven looked up an old flame!). So what are the best ways to find someone you haven't seen in 10, 20, even 30 years? It isn't as hard as you might think. Here are three ways to connect with long-lost friends.
According to the Pew Research Center, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of American adults use social networking sites, so it's very likely that whoever you're looking for is on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. Even if he or she is not, you may find a family member or other friends you had in common who might be able to help you connect with your old friend. On Facebook, there are many school groups—find yours, join it and then post a message saying that you're looking for someone specific.
Classmates.com is a great website for reconnecting with your friends from high school. With the largest directory of high schools and class lists available anywhere, covering 57 million people and including maiden names, Classmates makes finding, reconnecting and staying up to date with your high school class fun and easy. They even have more than 300,000 digitized high school yearbooks available for you to view and share photos. And if you're looking to organize and set up a high school reunion, Classmates can help with that too.
Contact Your School or Alumni Organization
Your alma mater may be of help when it comes to finding classmates. Most schools keep track of their alumni for donation purposes or for informing them of upcoming functions. Sometimes they may even publish directories, which is especially helpful for finding a female friend who may have changed her last name.