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I have a couple of friends/acquaintances I know use CouchSurfing but the interface is extremely un-user friendly with regard to finding particular people rather than finding a couch in a given place.

How can I use couchsuring.org to find a friend by either name or email address?

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The interface is also extremely user-unfriendly regarding finding couches! –  Robert Siemer Jul 12 '13 at 4:09

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I didn't find a way to search by email address and both of the people I was looking for were listed under pseudonyms which is common for obvious reasons but I did find some things.

There is an advanced search feature

I think it was formerly not quite as difficult to find as it now is with very recent changes where most searching seems to be done from a new front page.

The advanced search has many fields:

  • Has Couch?
  • Allowing at least
  • ♿ (Wheelchair accessible)
  • Verification Level
  • Vouched
  • Ambassadors only
  • Name
  • Keywords
  • Language
  • Gender
  • In My Groups
  • In My Friends
  • Has picture
  • Minimum Age
  • Maximum Age
  • Last Login
  • Results per page
  • Order by
  • Search location by text
  • Search location by selection
  • In the region

You might have to get creative, in my case I found both people by a combination of location, not so common languages they speak, and putting cities or countries I know they've visited in the keyword field.

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Nice, a name based advanced search actually seems to work. Earlier I've resorted to looking at a group (such as "Helsinki") to which the person probably/possibly belongs, and browsing the (alphabetical) member list. But that's far from user-friendly too, especially with large groups. –  Jonik Sep 6 '11 at 11:43
    
That “mapsurf” search is broken. – For examples, if you limit the couches to “yes”, you get the results, but clicking on a profile brings you to someones else’s. –  Robert Siemer Jul 12 '13 at 4:50
    
Limiting the couches to “coffee” in Beijing, I got 32 results. Clicking on one, brought to me to a profile which was not even listed on the results (which I set to 100 per page), but also matched the search (Beijing, coffee only). –  Robert Siemer Jul 12 '13 at 4:52

I've found my friend by clicking in MY profile "Direct profile URL" and replacing the last part of the url with my friend's username:

http://www.couchsurfing.org/people/xxxxxxxxxx/

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I guess it's easier when you already know your friend's username (-: –  hippietrail May 30 '13 at 14:35

try this : http://www.couchsurfing.org/mapsurf.html

This appears to be the older search page layout, which I didn't know was still there. I can't find anything easily with the new layout. It was never easy searching CS, I can't believe they've made it less user friendly. Didn't think it was possible :(

try putting your friends name or something about them in the keyword section. Good luck :)

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