So you want more Facebook friends? You’ve added all your friends, looked up old school buddies, work mates and ex-lovers? But you still want more friends – and why not?
Here’s my list of ways that you can increase your Facebook friend count and enrich your life with the help of new people. At the time of writing I have over 600 Facebook friends using the methods below.
Oh and there’s quite a lot to look at here, so if you’re serious about making new Facebook friends, why not add this page to your favourites so you can come back some other time?
1. Use Facebook’s built-in Find Friends feature
Go to Facebook’s Find Friends section and enter your email address and password. This will then pull in all the contacts in your email account and tell you if they’re on Facebook. Do this for all the email accounts you have. The “People You May Know” section at the bottom of the page could also throw up some contacts.
2. Use the search box to find people with similar interests
Usually the search box is used just to find specific people, so you might enter “John Smith”. But how about trying to find people who have the same interests as you? If you like the music of say, David Bowie – type “David Bowie” into the search box and see a list of people who are interested in him too. To narrow the search, try whatever you’re interested in and then your local area – so I could try – “David Bowie Halifax” to pull out all the people in my local area (Halifax) who are interested in David Bowie. When you find those people, send them a message to strike up a conversation about your shared interest. If it goes well, hit them with a friend request.
3. Join groups
Facebook has a vast array of user created groups that grows every day. Just click on the Groups link on your left menu in Facebook and use the search box to find groups related to things you like. For instance, if you like video games, type in “Nintendo” or whatever your favourite console is to find like-minded people. Now join the groups you’re interested in, particpate in the Discussion Board section and post on the Wall. Get talking to people in the group and request their friendship. And just by joining lots of groups means you’re putting yourself out there where people can find you.
4. Put your profile address on business cards
Obviously this only applies if you use business cards! Next time you get some printed up, why not have your Facebook profile address added? It’s all about advertising your profile.
5. Put your profile address in email signatures
You send emails right? Why not put the address of your profile in that signature with an invitation for the reader to add you as a friend?
6. Put your profile address in forum signatures and forum profile
Most web discussion forums allow the adding of some kind of signature to your posts – add your Facebook profile address there. Usually you can also add a web address to your forum profile – stick your Facebook address in there too. And make sure you’re active on as many forums as you can be.
7. Add your Facebook profile to your own blog or website (even if don’t have one yet!)
You can easily create a Facebook badge to include on your own blog or website. Check out Facebook’s Create Badge page to make a badge like the one I have at the top of this page.
Not got your own website or blog? Get a free blog now and start blogging – even if your only post is to write about your Facebook profile! It’s another way to advertise your Facebook profile. Try a free blog at Blogger. See the blog I created at Blogger simply to promote my Facebook profile – My Blogger Blog
8. Join friend finding groups and post on walls
Now don’t tell anyone, but numbers 8 and 9 on this list are the absolute killer ways to find new Facebook friends. Friend finding groups are groups that have been set up on Facebook specifically so that people can hook up as friends – completely randomly. Typically you’ll join the group and perhaps post on the wall and add as many friends as you want from the wall or by choosing the group members. Here’s an example of some groups:
9. Use friend finding groups and invite those who post on walls
Surf the same groups we spoke of in number 8 to find people who have posted on the group’s wall asking for friendship. Then simply request. It’s that simple! You absolutely can not go wrong with these two methods.
10. Google is your friend – use google to find profiles
This is pretty simple. Put this in Google’s search box: “http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=” (without the quotes)
It’s going to find a great many pages where people are showing their Facebook profiles as a link. So you naturally know that many of these links will be from people who are actively encouraging you to get in touch.
To add a little more targeting to your search, add something else to your search term, for instance “http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id= add me” will pull out more people who are specifically looking for people to add them as friends. Note the space after the profile URL and “add me”. Or how about this if I was looking for friends who practice Karate?: “http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id= karate”. Experiment with your searches.
11. Use the popular press to find interesting people
I’ve done this many times. I read newspapers and watch a little TV. If I see someone interesting with a good story in the press or on TV I’ll search their name on Facebook. If I find them I’ll simply message them, tell them I enjoyed their story or whatever and then ask directly if we can become Facebook friends. OK, you often won’t find them at all and they’ll often turn you down if you do, but this has worked for me and I’ve managed to become friends with some very interesting people this way.
12. Add me!
I’m a likeable kind of fellow who will chat with you if you want to or leave you alone if not. You won’t get hit with lots of apps from me, but I don’t mind you sending me yours. So what have you got to lose? Just click on my Facebook link at the top of the page or right here and add away!: http://bit.ly/3NdZ4R
Don’t get banned – Whilst all these methods are perfectly within Facebook’s terms and conditions, they do get kind of twitchy over people who add too many friends. There’s no known definition of ‘too many’, so you just need to be careful. The most friends I’ve requested to be my friend with in one day is 20, though I soon cut that down as there was no way I could engage with all those people every day. I now look for 5 new friends a day and accept most of the requests that come my way on top of that.
Got your own methods of finding new Facebook friends? Share them with us in the comments below.