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How do I find people on LiveJournal?

burr86 and pthalogreen told me that we needed a FAQ for "How do I find people on LiveJournal", so I wrote a draft of one. Hopefully it doesn't suck.

If you know a specific person has a LiveJournal but do not know their username and are unable to ask them, the simplest way to find them is generally to use the "search" box in the top right corner of main LiveJournal pages to search for their e-mail address or Instant Messenger identity. However, many people do not make this information public. If this is the case then you will not be able to find them by this method.

If you are not looking for a specific individual, or if the method above did not work for you, then there are several other methods of searching that you may wish to employ. These are:

* Searching for people based upon their interests -- http://www.livejournal.com/interests.bml

* Finding people through communities of similar people -- http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=77 describes communities and http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=85 explains how to find communities.

* Searching for people at random -- http://www.livejournal.com/random.bml

* Looking on the friends pages of your other friends -- http://www.livejournal.com/users/exampleusername/friends (where exampleusername is replaced by their username)

If you have a paid account (http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=21) you also have access to the following options:

* Searching by region or doing an advanced search with the directory -- http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=123

* Viewing your "friends' friends" page -- http://www.livejournal.com/users/exampleusername/friendsfriends (where exampleusername is replaced by your username)

(Additional information about the benefits of paid accounts can be found at http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=131)

Once you have found another user whose journal you are interested in reading, you may wish to add them to your friends list. This is described at http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=61
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