Have you ever spent hours trying to hunt down your child, friend or potential romantic partner's social media accounts? You know they're there, but finding them is something else.
Facebook, Instagram and others all include search bars that let you look up people by name. You could also run a Google search for the person's name along with "Facebook" or "Instagram." Unfortunately, if the person has a common name, it might return hundreds or thousands of results to sift through. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can speed up the process.
Before we tell you how, though, let's clarify that we're not telling you this so you can cyberstalk someone. We're telling you how to do it so you can keep your child safe, or make sure that your potential romantic partner isn't hiding some devastating secret, like that they're married.
Along those lines, be careful because you can turn up accounts from unrelated people with the same name. Take whatever you find with a grain of salt until you're sure you have the right account.
Also, we encourage you to use these techniques to look up your own accounts and see just what other people can find if they go looking. You might need to take steps to hide information you don't want seen.