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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Find Long Lost Friends

Has an old friend crossed your mind recently? Maybe someone you've lost touch with and really miss. Have you tried conventional means of finding them, but to no avail? Well, now it's time to try Long Time Lost. It is a free Web site that allows you to post who you're looking for and when they do a vanity search (Google their name), it will show up in the search results.

I had a friend named Derek. I have often thought about trying to contact him, but I don't have a clue where he is. I am going to try this and hope it works.

The site is in beta form, which means there are going to be some kinks in the system and that your feedback is going to be extremely helpful in fine tuning this site. The first thing to do is to create an account.

Fill out the information that's required, read the terms of agreement and sign up. Then it should automatically log you in so you can begin your search. You can search by placing an ad for that person on the site. Well, that's the best way I can think of describing it.

Choose Add a New Search and then fill out the form. You have to put their name, because without it, the whole thing won't work. Then you fill in the Description field with how you know the person. Maybe how you met, when you last saw them or why you want to get back in touch with them. Next, you can put the date and location of the last time you saw them. You can even upload a photo of yourself or the both of you, if you want. That way, they will have a face to go with the search. Once all the fields are filled in to your satisfaction, click the Add Search to Long Time Lost button.

Now, all you have to do is sit back and wait. You've done all you can. It can take up to a week for a search to be queued into a search engine. If the person you are searching for does a vanity search and does respond, the site will notify you.

Click this link to start searching for friends at

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