Gmail is an e-mail service available through Google. Personal information on Gmail is kept confidential, and Google does not give out information about e-mail addresses. Finding a friend or family member on Gmail is challenging because Google does not have a database to search. Since Google keeps the information confidential, finding a friend or family member's Gmail address can be a challenge.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Look at social networking sites. A search on the sites will show not only anyone with a name match, but usually pictures to determine whether the individual is the correct person. Look over the page for the e-mail address.
Look up the individual up on any public Web directories. Some individuals will put information such as their Gmail name on a Web directory for business or personal purposes. These require knowing the name of the individual and the state where she lives.
Use a reverse-look-up in Gmail. While Gmail does not keep a database of members, if the problem stems from not remembering an address and forgetting to add them to the contact list, search through the e-mail addresses sent from the Gmail account. Gmail keeps a record of every address that the member sent an e-mail to, so if at least one e-mail was sent to the friend or relative at any time after opening the account, it is in the Gmail account. Type any letters remembered from the address, and Gmail will bring up any address that has the same letters.
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