How to Find Almost Anyone’s Email Address with Rapportive


Sourcers and recruiters are always looking for different, easier and more effective ways of divining the email addresses of people they are looking to engage.

While there are many ways of researching, guessing, and verifying valid email addresses, did you know you can find almost anyone’s email address using Gmail?

I didn’t, until I stumbled across a very interesting post in the blog section of, the website of a PPC/SEO consultancy, and they demonstrate quite clearly how to find almost anyone’s email address using Gmail and Rapportive.

The technique is so simple and effective that I wanted to share it with the global sourcing and recruiting community.

Here is the original post, and below you can view the YouTube video that demonstrates how to use Gmail, Rapportive, and a Google Doc email permutator to reveal and confirm email addresses.

I highly recommend that you view the video in full screen mode and change the quality to 720p.



Of course, in order for you to leverage this method of email divination, you will need a Gmail account and the Rapportive plugin for Gmail. It would also certainly help to use an email permutator to quickly generate all of the most common email address formats, and the Google Doc spreadsheet created by Rob Ousbey from is the best I’ve seen so far.

If you’re not already using Rapportive, you should be. In addition to rewarding you with verifying correctly guessed email addresses, Rapportive imbues Gmail with some social CRM functionality, allowing you to see recent social activity, follow people on popular social networks (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.), and even leave notes about specific people to use in future interactions.



As an added bonus, here is yet another blog post written by a non-sourcer/recruiter on how to find anyone’s email address, which details the Gmail/Rapportive technique, as well as, Jigsaw/, and a few other methods, including calling and asking.

Imagine that!



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About Glen Cathey

Glen Cathey is a sourcing and recruiting thought leader with over 16 years of experience working in large staffing agency and global RPO environments (>1,000 recruiters and nearly 100,000 hires annually). Starting out his career as a top producing recruiter, he quickly advanced into senior management roles and now currently serves as the SVP of Strategic Talent Acquisition and Innovation for Kforce, working out of their renowned National Recruiting Center with over 300 recruiters. Often requested to speak on sourcing and recruiting best practices, trends and strategies, Glen has traveled internationally to present at many talent acquisition conferences (5X LinkedIn Talent Connect - U.S. '10, '11, '12, Toronto '12, London '12, 2X Australasian Talent Conference - Sydney & Melbourne '11, '12, 6X SourceCon, 2X TruLondon, 2X HCI) and is regularly requested to present to companies (e.g., PwC, Deloitte, Intel, Booz Allen Hamilton, Citigroup, etc.). This blog is his personal passion and does not represent the views or opinions of anyone other than himself.

  • Julie Skowronek

    This is a great find Glen- thank you for sharing!

  • Kelly Dingee

    Really interesting…and it’s reliant on finding the email tied to the social media accounts. I’m testing it with a person I know (she has 4 emails)…her work email is not tied to any social media accounts, but the fourth one? That’s tied to everything. Ferreting out people with multiple addresses, particularly those in the gmail/yahoo/hotmail/aol type domain will be the challenge since rapportive relies on the association between the email and the social profile…but I like having an additional way to confirm.

  • ResearchGoddess

    I’ve been using for years; didn’t know about Rapportive though. Thanks for sharing! Before they switched over to Google+, you could simply pull the last part of a person’s Google Profile page URL, add to the end, and you’d have their email address :) Then they had to go and complicate it all. with +. lol
    PS: see you in ATL next month!!

  • Sarang Brahme

    Awesome technique. Loved it! We used to have such spreadsheet years ago. Only point is that this may not work in the new “Compose Mode” of Gmail and you need to switch it back to the older one.

  • Cosby Mann

    Glen and all other readers, posters: great stuff and insights. One question: why do we need to all this if we have LinkedIn?

    Is it the thrill of the hack, the cost of a LinkedIn sub or something else entirely? I would guess it’s cost but doesn’t that balance out against convenience?

    Serious question

  • Dreamboat Jonny

    Great, another venue for recruiting spammers to cold call me, thanks a lot Rapportive

  • Daniel
  • Jennifer

    Help.. Each time I try and copy the email addresses over to the email, it will only copy over this link

    How do I copy over the email addresses that have been generated? Do I have to make my own excel spreadsheet. I was under the impression I could just use the “Make a copy” option.

  • stephen

    This doesnt work for me any more with gmail’s new way of composing messages. Anyone have the same problem?

  • Mohammed

    Tried..unfortunately it doesnt work for me….
    It didnt find my own gmail id.

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  • TonyH

    To make it work despite the new gmail compose, try calling up an old email, click on the ‘Reply’ button to open a reply window, then change the ‘To’ entry in that to the one you want to test, (or just start to insert the new address as a second recipient). Rapportive will display the new information where the original sender of the email you are replying to was located.

    Using Google doesn’t have to be taxing…..!

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  • John

    Based on your research I have created a Chrome Extension that let’s you find email address automatically. You can check it out by following link:

  • sidra

    hi there..
    i need help
    anyone who have great experience how to get email addresses from twitter, LinkedIn, and from website or Facebook???. is there some software behind??. i need exact info because i work online and i need to fine out a best way, i want to give my best to my online employees . kindly anyone who have professional experience contact with me and explain me in simple way provide me step by step instruction.if its need be will available on Skype also..thanks
    only serious person how want to help me in reall contact with me. im very busy so i dnt have enough time to waste with UN experience person .

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  • Matt

    +rep, Thanks for this great information Glen.

  • Robertson

    Great Article. Lots has changed since then. My goto resource these days is – It completely simplifies this whole process into just one step. It will consolidate all the social networks to that specific email address. Worth Checking out.

  • Sumon Ali

    Hi, here the last 2 permutator showing the same email results. Please correct it and let us know. Thanks

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  • Neil Moore

    why am I not able to see the sidebar after installing?

  • Sam

    Props to Robertson !! I used to use Rapportive until I found — Thanks Man…It does it all.

  • Abbas Sarfraz Sheikh

    You can use to find anyones email address including those of LinkedIn users.

  • Philipp Wiedamann

    Hi Sam, don´t work or I use it wrong but it´s very simply to use it…

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  • Christine Hickox

    I can find you email of almost anyone on Linkedin.