How to Find People on Craigslist

By Techwalla Internet Editor

Are you looking for a lost friend or planning on an extended out-of-town stay? Maybe you have a hobby that requires a partner. For whatever reason, you're looking for companionship. It's frustrating when you don't know where to turn, but the right resource can tap you into the circle you need. Follow the steps below to find people on Craigslist.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet access
  • Computer

Step 1

Go to the Craigslist website. Select your city from the section on the right.

Step 2

Click on the appropriate category in the personals column. Select "Strictly Platonic" if you're looking for friends or people with shared interests. Try "Men Seeking Women," " Women Seeking Men," "Men Seeking Men," "Women Seeking Women" or "Casual Encounters" to find romantic partners. "Missed Connections" may help you find someone who passed you by. "Rants and Raves" can keep you up-to-date on local news or put you in touch with people sharing your strong beliefs.

Step 3

Read the disclaimer. To agree, click the category link below the disclaimer information.

Step 4

Scroll down to see each posting. The most current postings are listed first.

Step 5

Click on any postings of interest to see photos, read specific information and find contact information for the poster. To contact the poster, click on the posting number in blue at the top of the page. This link will allow you to initiate contact by sending an email to the poster.

Step 6

Click on the post link at the top of the homepage to create your own posting. Select the category pertaining to your interest. Provide the personal information required, fill in the posting title and description fields and accept the terms of service.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider meeting in public places until you're sure that you're comfortable with the person.
  • Bring a cell phone or have someone you trust come along.
  • Do not give out personal information until you know that the poster is trustworthy.
  • When meeting someone new, tell someone you trust where you'll be, when you'll be back and how to reach you.