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Old 01-04-2015, 03:47 PM
 
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OK, I'm probably the last person on Earth to join Facebook. I resisted for the longest time, but my friends persuaded me to finally give it a try. I have a newbie question that Facebook's FAQ didn't really help me with. Using Facebook (and I think this is what Graph Search is for), how do you find people within a certain range that are A, B, and C? For example, if I wanted to get a listing of every person in my city who likes hockey, is Catholic, and is over 40, is there a way to do that in Facebook?
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Old 01-05-2015, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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I thought I was the last one to join Facebook ... guess I'm the second to last.

I tried a similar detailed type of search and came up with nothing. The only way I found to whittle things down was a tedious one -- I picked which criteria were the most important (in my case it was topic of interest and then location) and searched for those, and then just waded through all the suggestions Facebook gave me.

The problem is that Facebookers do not include (or make public) every tidbit of info about themselves. You could perhaps come up with a list of those in your city who like hockey, but they probably won't include their ages nor religious affiliation (or you could find the right age group of people, but other criteria isn't available).

I'm new at this, too, so I find pages that fit my topic and then look at who else likes the pages, and then follow them or send Friend Requests. I look at profile pictures to guess if I'm in the same age group (which can be a crapshoot). I've also used a "back door" -- finding a meet-up type of group online, and if members are listed (sometimes they are, sometimes not) I go back to Facebook and search for these individuals and see what Facebook pages they like.

Hopefully a more seasoned Facebooker will see this thread and enlightened both of us, that it's simple as pie to find "friends" with similar interests.
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I wouldn't really consider Facebook a place to MAKE new friends.
"Seasoned Facebookers" would call what you are doing "stalking". If some random person I didn't know sent me a friend request and said "Hey, I like the Cleveland Browns, too" I would not be friending that person.
Put all your REAL friends on Facebook.

A local forum might be a better starting place for something like that.
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Old 01-05-2015, 02:10 PM
 
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I wouldn't really consider Facebook a place to MAKE new friends.
"Seasoned Facebookers" would call what you are doing "stalking". If some random person I didn't know sent me a friend request and said "Hey, I like the Cleveland Browns, too" I would not be friending that person.
Put all your REAL friends on Facebook.

A local forum might be a better starting place for something like that.
I wouldn't use it for that purpose. Obviously I wouldn't start sending friend requests to everyone who likes the same stuff as me. It's really just so I can get a better idea of how many like-minded people are nearby. I wouldn't send friend requests to them, but would've curious to know what groups they're in. I think it's a great way to learn about groups and forums you might not be aware of.
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Old 01-05-2015, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Facebook is for just connecting with people you KNOW and see what's happening with them - NOT A PLACE to meet new folks. I reconnected w/old high school friends, etc. - sounds like OP needs to join a meetup group or something.
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville
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I signed up a long time ago but my I mostly just had it there in case somebody searched for me. I didn't really start using it until a couple months ago when I joined a peer group that meets in real life along with facebook.
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Old 01-06-2015, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Facebook is for just connecting with people you KNOW and see what's happening with them - NOT A PLACE to meet new folks. I reconnected w/old high school friends, etc. - sounds like OP needs to join a meetup group or something.

Find your people - Meetup
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Old 01-07-2015, 10:52 AM
 
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I used meetup long before I joined Facebook. I wasn't happy with it so I was hoping Facebook might be better.
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Old 01-13-2015, 08:27 AM
 
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Facebook isn't really for meeting new people. If you send out too many friend requests to people that don't confirm that you are friends, Facebook will block you from sending friend requests for a certain time period.
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Old 01-15-2015, 01:00 PM
 
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Facebook isn't really for meeting new people. If you send out too many friend requests to people that don't confirm that you are friends, Facebook will block you from sending friend requests for a certain time period.
I wouldn't use it that way. I'm very selective in who I send friend requests too. Unless they're people I know, I don't bother. But sometimes you might be on a website or forum commenting on an article and you see the same people over and over and realize you agree on a lot of things. I wouldn't automatically friend that person. But the fact that we have a good deal in common would make me more inclined to accept a friend request from them.
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