Date Added: Nov 2009
The first task any individual faces after joining an Online Social Network (OSN) is locating friends that are present on that particular site. Most OSNs offer some variation of a tool that imports email contact lists to facilitate the task of finding one's friends. However, given that OSNs attempt to reconnect individuals with past acquaintances, one might not have access to the email address for a long lost friend. Furthermore, people tend to utilize a number of aliases on-line, meaning that an email address cannot always be used to reliably find a friend.