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Tech Update: Find Your Friends on Etsy

Mar 1, 2011

by mcfunley handmade and vintage goods

Did you know that your coworker and sister-in-law are shopping and favoriting just around the corner from your favorite Etsy shop? It’s time to rendezvous!

Find Your Friends is a powerful way to find people you know on Etsy, and invite people you know who aren’t yet on Etsy to join and connect with you.

If you have a Google Gmail, Yahoo Mail or AOL Mail account, you can use Find Your Friends to see who you know on Etsy right now. More services will be supported in the future.

Just choose a service and a pop-up window will open from that service. Sign in to your email account there to connect securely with your service provider and authorize Etsy to view your contacts. Etsy does not see or store your password.

We’ll then fetch your contacts, and show you the people in your email address book who are Etsy members. You can add them to your Etsy circle right from the results page and start following their favorites in your activity feed.

We’ll also help you reach out to people you know who are not yet Etsy members. Inviting friends to join you on Etsy is easy, and when you send friends invitations this way, you will automatically be connected when they join.

Friends you invite to join will see a page like this, with your username, avatar, recent favorite items and recent shop listings.

If your friends sign up, they’ll be connected to you and following your favorites right away. Show them around!

We hope this feature helps you connect with the people you know in a new way.

Answers to frequently asked questions are available here, and you can join the discussion on this feature here.


  • scarletbegonia11

    scarletbegonia11 said 9 years ago


  • twoandyou

    twoandyou said 9 years ago

    Great idea!!

  • 6catspinNsew

    6catspinNsew said 9 years ago

    cool will definately be looking more closely at this awesome new feature. thanks.

  • 6catsart

    6catsart said 9 years ago

    this is going be to be a great new way for me to reach out for all three of my shops. love it. thanks.

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 9 years ago

    thanks for the great new tools etsy!

  • hypericumfragile

    hypericumfragile said 9 years ago

    Great! Thank you for the information!

  • AliceCouture

    AliceCouture said 9 years ago

    thanks for the new tools!! Great ^_^

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 9 years ago

    Interesting tool~ but kind of like a "Facebook"...

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article. thanks!

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 9 years ago

    Very cool! thanks :D

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 9 years ago

    these are good things

  • RitasBeadingBoutique

    RitasBeadingBoutique said 9 years ago

    Great idea!

  • michelemaule

    michelemaule said 9 years ago

    LOVE it!! :D

  • studiopainters

    studiopainters said 9 years ago

    nice circle.

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 9 years ago


  • remodernseries

    remodernseries said 9 years ago

    this has great potential. thanks. :)

  • MyGraceNotes

    MyGraceNotes said 9 years ago

    Are there any plans to include an option to find Facebook friends?

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 9 years ago

    Sounds great! Thanks!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 9 years ago

    What... yet more social networking? How about you guys find a way to give sellers the things they've been asking for forever, like being able to search sold items, sort our convos or have sub-categories in our shops?

  • TiffanyMorganDesigns

    TiffanyMorganDesigns said 9 years ago

    Interesting idea... but I think you guys need to give ppl the option to opt out of being "found". This just seems like another privacy infringement. Also, please let us control who gets let into our "cirlce"

  • ldh13

    ldh13 said 9 years ago

    really neat stuff!

  • TheJewelleryFactory

    TheJewelleryFactory said 9 years ago

    Thanks for that. I've already managed to connect with friend.

  • penumbraimages

    penumbraimages said 9 years ago

    awesome new feature !!!!! I'll have to try it out :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    neat feature, great to be able to connect with friends this way!

  • Monkeyville

    Monkeyville said 9 years ago

    How do we turn this off? I'd prefer to not be pestered by "find your friends" suggestions on Facebook *and* here. I would much prefer to sell my monkeys to people that I don't know, as those who do know me already are all well aware of Etsy, and know where to find me.

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 9 years ago

    gotta go with Monkeyville on this one

  • BaublesAbode

    BaublesAbode said 9 years ago

    I need all the help I can get- Networking is not so easy for me - I want to connect to my Etsy shop-

  • earlybirdcreations

    earlybirdcreations said 9 years ago

    I'm not sure I like this idea. It just seems like another way to "connect" to people I'm already "connected to". I won't use it and would like a way of opting out.

  • perebags

    perebags said 9 years ago

    No thank you.

  • art4ear

    art4ear said 9 years ago

    Almost not enough time in the day to spend more time with this feature.

  • michae456

    michae456 said 9 years ago

    Thank you that great idea, put me on the list, check out my store here is my website and thank you for shopping at SPARKLE UNIQUE COLLECTION BEAD STORE.

  • naturedance

    naturedance said 9 years ago

    This is a terrible idea, and it should have been offered as OPT-IN, with opt-out being the default. Count me among those who are leaving Etsy entirely.

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 9 years ago

    Love this new feature- another great way to find new and unusual undiscovered items.

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