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How would you find again someone you met in public if you knew only their first name?

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Goran Radanovic
Goran Radanovic May 05, 2022
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I know I'm not the only one this has happened to. You're walking around, and then you meet someone interesting. It could be a potential lover, friend or business partner.
The two of you hit it off, or you feel a connection but you're unsure about taking things further. Perhaps something prevents you from getting their contact information.
You go home and think about the interaction. The more you think about them, the more you realise you made a mistake by not getting their contact information.
You've convinced yourself that you have to talk to them again, even if nothing happens between you two. But you have to have your peace by knowing where you stand.
How would you find them?
I'd genuinely love to know this because it's happened to me several times. Crazy ideas are welcome. I'm an over-the-top guy.
I heard a true story about a guy who met a lady on a plane, and he knew only her first name but wanted to get in touch again, so he googled Jaimy Virgin Atlantic flight (hahahahah).
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic May 09, 2022
An incredibly amazing/romantic/clever graffiti depicting the situation, what she looked like, and her name. If it's amazing enough, you will be considered a romantic, otherwise a creep :)
The graffiti should also point to a social media account where she can find you. Pay the building owner to let you run the graffiti for a month, then restore the wall to what it was before.
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Goran Radanovic
Goran Radanovic2 years ago
I like that. I can't see which woman wouldn't contact the guy, even if it is to just say, thanks. Some people that see the graffiti might even help you find that person or know her and then contact you.
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Aashi Agarwal
Aashi Agarwal2 years ago
Happn is a dating App that connects you to the people you cross paths with, by using their phone's location and adding their profile to the top of your feed. However, for this to happen, both you and the other person must already be signed up on the Happn App. What if Apps that are meant for networking and making connections (and not meant specifically for dating) and used by a larger section of the society such as LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter offered the same feature? (I think Facebook already does this by showing you “Friends” who are nearby, but it does so only for people who you are already connected with on Facebook).
One challenge that I think such big platforms might face is that their database would be huge and you may cross paths with hundreds of thousands of people everyday by simply setting foot in a busy train station or airport etc. These platforms can however try to refine the list of profiles that show up on your feed each day by restricting it to profiles of only those people who were within a distance "X" radius from you, where you get to choose the value of "X".
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Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stanković2 years ago
Social media stalking, basically.
If it's an unusual name you can just go with searching it plus LinkedIn/Facebook/Instagram.
You can find location tags and hashtags for the place you met and look at the older photos and see if you can find them there. See if the event where you met had a hashtag. Unless it was actually on the street.
That geo search can also be done for any restaurant/coffee place they mentioned in the conversation.
If they mentioned a company where they work you can seek it on LinkedIn and browse their employees. Searching the person's first name and the position they do can also do the trick. "Goran HR" for instance.
A lot of cities or Universities have Facebook groups or Instagram pages where it's common for people to post messages prying for info about someone, even without any verbal interaction, just exchanging eye gazes. But I wouldn't recommend it. Younger people do it a lot, but I feel that it's way too much. Even this thorough web browsing will seem desperate and creepy to a lot of people so keep that in mind. Even if you do find the person, how it's going to look to them? Better to focus on cultivating a more in-the-moment mindset that won't allow for any more moments like this to happen.
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