We have all been in situations in which we meet someone new and fail to obtain his or her contact information. While some people make themselves very accessible online, others are much harder to reach- maintaining few open social media profiles and sharing no contact channels or information with the public.
Even if someone maintains an elusive online presence, it is still possible to discover his or her email address using some straightforward methods and a Chrome extension called Rapportive.
Information Required to Find Someone's Email Address
To have fair odds of determining someone's email address, it helps to have the person's:
- First name
- Last name
- Name of employer
If you only know one or two of these details, it may still be possible to uncover the rest through simple online searches. For example, if you met a woman named Jane who is a dog trainer in Los Angeles, you may (if you're lucky) be able to find her full name and the name of her company by running searches like "Jane, dog trainer, LA" or searching for reviews of dog training companies in LA on Yelp that contain the keyword "Jane."
Once you have all three details, find the company's website (if there is one) and make a note of its URL.
How to Determine Someone's Email Address Using Rapportive
Rapportive is a browser extension for Chrome that works with Gmail. It adds information (such as images, job titles, and links to social media profiles) about those with whom you exchange messages right into your inbox.
Whether you are interested in using the tool to discover others' emails or not, Rapportive is well worth using; it makes it easy to learn more about new people who email you out of the blue, brush up on your friends' personal and professional lives, and more efficiently connect with new friends and colleagues.
Rapportive will bring up information about an individual as soon as his or her email address loads. This means that if you compose a new email to someone, Rapportive will summarize their online presence to the right side of your screen.
This is why Rapportive is useful in determining another person's email address. You can use it to experiment with several potential email addresses an individual would be likely to have, and when the individual's information pops up on your screen, you know you have found a functional address.
Finding someone's address therefore comes down to testing a series of likely configurations until you find one that works.
Common Email Address Configurations
Let us say you want to determine the email address of John E Doe who works at Doe Corporate Enterprises, which can be found online at JDEnterprises.com.
Likely email addresses for John Doe would be:
If you do not have a domain name associated with the individual in question, consider trying the same configurations using common email providers, such as Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail.