Being a Social Detective!!!

Recruiting Process

For those of you that have been following me, you know when ever I post about lesser sites, I always say at some point use your social detective skills. Well while I Have spoken about it, showed it and perhaps did a video about it, I never wrote about, so here we go.

Being a Social Detective means following the bread crumbs were they lead by using the information available to connect to other social data to create as compete a picture of the target as you can. Yes I said target. You need to remember that you are a Social Detective and detective have suspects that they target to find out more about.

So information you are looking for that can help you to find more comes in 2 main categories:

Level 1 – mainstream information such as: full name, email, title, company, phone, address etc. Of course any combinations as well.

Level 2 – non mainstream information such as: username, picture, url, conference, site found, skill, etc. Of course any combination of these as well.

So for example lets say you x-ray into You find a list of attendees to a Java Conference. Some have all the info you need, some have some Level 1s others have some to limited level 2 information. What do you do with the level 2 which will be were you make your hay as a Social Detective. So we will focus on level 2.

  1. Open up the bio.
  2. Look at the url for more information. Sometimes level 1 information can be found there
  3. Look up username on various tools that can be found on the SSaR page.
  4. Use google image search on image adding whatever info you have to the search.
  5. Google search username
  6. Google search conference
  7. Remember Bing as well you might be surprised.
  8. Use other social sites to cross reference.

If you do all this and gather all the info you find you will more than likely end up with a pretty complete picture or at the very least enough other bread crumbs to find more.

This is what being a Social Detective is. You need to be a hunter, you need to be a tracker and follow the trail till you get your prey.

Now it can take time, at least at first but as you do it more and more and get use to what tools to use when, and what to look for and were you will find it gets faster and easier every time.

You can go here for a video that will show you what I mean.

Till next week may the Source be with you.

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