How to Find Friends From High School on Facebook

According to eBizMBA, Facebook is the most popular social networking site, or SNS, at the time of publication. Even if you haven't been in contact with your high school classmates for years or decades, the chances are good that if they use an SNS, it's going to be Facebook. When you find your old classmates on Facebook, you may need to send a friend request and have it accepted before being able to post on their wall or see their information, since some people hide their information from the public.

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Searching for friends on Facebook is relatively simple.
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Find Friends by Searching Facebook

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Search Facebook for your friends. This is the most basic way to find someone. Type the person's name into the search bar at the top of the Facebook website when you are logged in. You can also type an email address into the search bar.

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Type a name into the search bar.
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Select the person who matches your search.
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Choose your friend from among the list that Facebook suggests. You will see several profile pictures and some information about the people on the list. If one of the pictures is your friend, or if the location, job or school information you see matches your friend, then select that person by clicking in the dark blue field to go to their personal Facebook page. This picture shows a search for a fictional "John Smith," but since it's a popular name, you can see that there are matches. If the first match was your friend, you would click it.

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Send a friend request.
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Send a friend request to the high school classmate you've found. When you first land on your classmate's page, depending on their privacy settings, you may not be able to see much information. There are three different ways to send a friend request. Click on either of the "Add Friend" buttons or click on the "send him a friend request" link in blue. Your classmate will be notified of your request and, if they accept it, will be added to your friends list.

Find Friends by Using Your Current Friends List

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From the Facebook landing page, which is your News Feed, click either your profile picture or your Facebook name to go to your wall.

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Go to your wall.
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Go to your friends list.
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Click "Friends" to view your current friends list.

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Find a current friend from high school.
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Choose a friend from the list who also went to high school with you. They are the most likely to have Facebook friends who are your old classmates. Click their profile picture or name to go to their Facebook page.

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View your friend's friends list.
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Click "Friends" to view this person's Facebook friends, or scroll down the page to view a short list of their friends.

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Find a high school classmate from your friend's friends list.
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Search your friend's friends list until you find a classmate from your high school that you are not already Facebook friends with. Click "Add Friend" to send this person a friend request. Your classmate will be notified of your request and, if they accept it, will be added to your friends list.