How to Find Somebody's Email Address Using Soc.net-people

When You're Looking for the Last Resort

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A Last Resort

After you have gone to great lengths trying to find somebody's email address — there's no way to ask for it personally (like calling them, sending them paper mail, using their college email address, or contacting a mutual friend), you've searched the Web, you've turned your house and emails upside down, you've even set up a website — without success, you can turn to a last resort: soc.net-people.

Soc.net-people is a Usenet newsgroup where you can ask for help locating somebody you believe to have an email address (or another form of online presence).

Find Somebody's Email Address Using Soc.net-people

To look for somebody's email address with the help of soc.net-people:

  • Read the "Tips on using soc.net-people" posting in that newsgroup.
    Post a message to soc.net-people asking for help.
  • Include as much detail (both relevant and seemingly irrelevant) as possible that can serve as a hint for others knowing (somebody who knows) the person.
  • Be sure to include a valid email address by which you can be reached. Even if somebody knows the address of the person you are looking for, they'll not post it to Usenet.

Good luck!