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How to Find Old Friends - Communicating With Old Friends

Updated on May 17, 2012
Old photo of old friends having a good time
Old photo of old friends having a good time | Source

Friends reunited in the old days

Catching up with someone you haven’t seen or talked to for years is now a simple matter of utilizing tools that are available within your reach. Gone are the days when you need to:

1. Write a letter by hand, walk to the post office, buy some stamps and mail your letter before you can communicate with family and friends in some far off place.

2. Line up at a public telephone booth just to chat with your husband, wife, parents, children and friends.

Finding friends in the old days was even harder. People can disappear if they wanted to and not be found unless they chose to! This is still possible nowadays but as the saying goes 'the world is becoming a smaller place' and it's becoming harder and harder to hide.

Friends reunited nowadays

With modern cellular technology, you no longer even need to own a landline telephone. There are so many cellular phone models nowadays - from simple cellphones that can only make and receive calls to high end smartphones (iPhone anyone?) that also brilliantly function as digital music players, multi-megapixel point-and-shoot cameras, and handheld computer.

Here are some ways by which you can find and get in touch with some long lost friends and family!

1. Social networking websites - we've all read happy stories of people finding long-lost relatives on facebook or some other social networking site. This is a testament to the fact that the world is indeed becoming 'smaller'. Imagine typing just your last name on facebook and seeing hundreds of people with the same family name as yours (of course, if your last name is Smith this might not be such a productive exercise!).

If the person you are looking for is not on facebook, try any of the other dozens of popular networking sites - you might have some more luck there!

2. Getting their number and calling them - some people don’t appreciate getting SMS from an unknown number therefore it might be best to just call them directly, say hi and set a time when you can meet and catch up on the good old times.

3. Sending them SMS – as opposed to number 2, some people won’t answer calls from numbers not stored in their contact list. If you think your friend belongs to this category, send him or her a text introducing yourself and asking for the best time to meet up.

4. Email them – if you have their email address why not send them an email directly? Email doesn’t cost a thing and if you’re in luck and the email address is a working one, then chances are you’re going to get a reply in a short time!

5. Going directly to their house or work place – if you know where your friend lives or works and they have not responded to your call / SMS and you cannot find them on any social networking website, then you can just knock on their doorstep! If they have moved to a different place then you might want to start asking around for help from common friends.

So there you have it – 5 easy ways to get in touch with your old friends and relatives! If you want to add more ideas, simply type in your comments below.


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    • angied83 profile image

      Angie D 5 years ago from Cebu, PH

      Hi Dee, yes, even with faster ways of communication a good old piece of handwritten letter can't be beat in terms of its value - emotional value, that is! I think a personal letter that you can actually hold in your hand evokes more emotions than one that's been typed up electronically. Reading emails on a gadget just doesn't seem to hold that much value for me, it somehow makes a personal email seem impersonal.

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      Dee42 5 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

      I'm do glad I took your advice, this hub of yours is going to help with my meeting my friends again. Writing a letter... Dah, I should of thought of that. Ha. Now I'm interested in other hub of yours. Thanks again.


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      Angie D 5 years ago from Cebu, PH

      Thanks, Ruchira. Yes, I also just stumbled upon this hub earlier

      She got a call from an old friend after 16 years. Very interesting how we always say things to our friends and how we somehow neglect to keep in touch. Happens to everyone, I think, no exceptions. :-)

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      so true. Technology has changed how we perceive things.

      Voted up as interesting!