Facebook is arguably the biggest and most successful social media site. Millions of people have registered for a Facebook account and it is really redefining the way online social relationships are being forged. But because of Facebook’s overwhelming popularity it is also becoming one of the first sites visited by people who want to snoop around and track other people. Online sleuthing through Facebook can actually bring you a number of data that could be relatively valuable. This can range from a person’s daily activities to getting actual personal information. If you are interested in trying this out and snoop around Facebook, here are some things you can do to do it successfully.
Of course, you won’t be able to access Facebook if you don’t have a Facebook account so register at the site to open your Facebook account. Registering for a new account is fairly straightforward. It is up to you if you want to put in more information in your personal profile.
After you’ve registered and your account has been activated join a Facebook network. This is a crucial step because this will be your means to achieve what you’ve set out to do. Join a network that your target is also a part of. To find out which networks your target joined use the search function and look for friends who have common data with you – that is, the same location, school, or companies worked for.
You should also gain entry to your target’s profile. The most obvious way to do it is to invite that person to be your friend. The moment that person confirms your request you will immediately gain entry to his personal information and his profile, especially those that are hidden from people who are not his friends. When you do this, you have already put one foot in the door, so to speak.
Now make friends with your target’s friends. This is a way of getting additional information about your target, especially those that you may not be privy to. A common friend will allow you to access your target’s other activities using that common friend’s feed.
Now that you’ve got access to your target’s profile and a common friend’s feed, it is time to gather information. You can look for the information that you want using both these avenues. Don’t ignore what would otherwise be considered as minor entry points. Even pictures that were posted in a common friend’s albums, will give you more information about your target, even if that target was not tagged but is in the pictures. Piece things together using what you’ve read in the profile, the status messages and the comments posted by the target to other people’s walls. You’ll have plenty of information to mine if you are just patient and know how to put information together.
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