Social Media – A Private Investigator’s New Best Friend?

Social media has become the buzz word of the era, unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past few years there is no chance that you could have not noticed the impact that sites such as Facebook and Twitter have had on people’s daily lives.

These websites have developed on an ongoing basis into what could possibly be described as almost an essential part of everyday life, with people often logging on first thing in a morning, throughout the day and last thing at night. Facebook is by far and away the most popular and visited social media site and it shows no signs of slowing down. Subscribers use the website to interact with friends, update their status and other activities such as posting photos.

Naturally as a result of some of the content being posted, people are often leaving themselves wide open to bringing some sort of trouble upon themselves. For example you may have had a heavy weekend and decide to skip work on a Monday morning. The chances are that if you keep it to yourself you may get away with what ever excuse has been provided to your employer but if you or your friends have posted pictures, status updates or comments on other’s walls then it will increase the risk of being found out.

The whole social media explosion has had a massive impact on people’s lives for many other reasons such as;

Location logging – Facebook can automatically update where you are; if you have told your partner or indeed employer a different tale your Facebook page may give you away.

Tagging – People can tag you into posts and say they are with you at whatever location, again if true you could be caught out for being somewhere you shouldn’t and even if it is just a friend messing about it can open a can of worms.

It is for this reason that private investigators should embrace social media as a fantastic tool to assist in many investigations such as employee investigations, missing person tracing, insurance claims and many other regular investigation services.

Twitter and Facebook have proved great sources of information for a private investigator and have helped to settle many commercial problems, private matters and employee/ employer disputes.

If you would like to find out how Insight can utilise social media to assist your problems please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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