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Finding Friends with Connections

Let’s start with the easiest way to find friends on Facebook—by letting Facebook do the work. Facebook knows who your current friends are, and who their friends are. Facebook also knows where you went to school, where you’ve worked, where you live, and a lot more about you, too. With this information in hand, Facebook can make the connections and look for other people who know your friends, other people who went to the same schools and worked at the same companies, and other people who live near you. All of these folks are potential friends.

To find friends with similar connections, follow these steps:

  1. From the top of any Facebook page, click your name in the toolbar.
  2. When your Profile page appears, click the Friends item near the top of the page, as shown in Figure 4.1.
    Figure 4.1

    Figure 4.1. Getting to your friends from your Profile page.

  3. On the Friends page, shown in Figure 4.2, click the Find Friends button near the top of the page.
    Figure 4.2

    Figure 4.2. Finding new friends.

  4. The next page displays a list of folks that Facebook thinks might be friends, as shown in Figure 4.3. These are typically friends of your current friends, and such. To invite any individual to be your friend, click the Add Friend button.
    Figure 4.3

    Figure 4.3. Viewing potential friends—with connections.

  5. You can search for friends based on a variety of criteria listed in the left column. Just check an item to display people who match that criteria. For example, to search for folks who you went to high school with, check the appropriate High School box.
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