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Social Media Profiles| Defining a New Search Engine

Using what’s already been published to our advantage

By Sam Writes SecurityPublished 3 years ago 2 min read
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Google searches provide greats results, DuckDuckgo is a good alternative Bing also does wonders but, if you’re profiling someone nothing is better than finding that person’s online profile or profiles in this case. For the purpose of this post I’ll only use a few Social Media platforms but you’re free to explore as many as you need.

You’re might be;

Looking up someone for whatever purpose (Nothing illegal I hope) or…

Using this method to gather as much information as you can about yourself online, and hopefully this will help you reconsider how much of yourself you should share with the world. (Put yourself in someone else’s shoes and look yourself up) I hope you find this useful.

Instagram | The Power Of Caption

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People are more than happy to share their special activities with loved ones either through a short video or a picture. In most cases tagging whoever they’re with and mentioning where exactly they are. Location, location, location and a bit more of location. We go from who they are to who they're with really quick.

Facebook — About Us Stories

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Before Linked-In was a big deal, to some of us Facebook was the Go-to if you wanted to know about one’s profession. Thanks to Linked-In that’s no longer necessary and Linked-In gives you more organized things to look at. People still update some valuable information on Facebook like location, marital status (this gives us access to the other half’s profile or at least the name) and where they went to school. Oh, and did I forget to mention that you get to include family member’s names in your profile. Like Aunt, uncle, brother etc.

Linked-In | Professional Info

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Linked-In is where professionals connect, this platform is one of the best for networking if not the very best. The connectivity on Linked-In could also also result in career opportunities, and possible freelance gigs. But, of course it cannot end there. You have the option of not only setting up your profile on the platform but you can choose to attach your own Curriculum to Linked-In. We share our emails on Linked-In, and if you choose to go that far you can also get personal contact numbers through one’s CV. This is good, and bad depending on how you look at it.

You can go on twitter, quora or a different platform if you choose I’m personally more familiar with the one’s here mentioned.

This is how easy it is to look someone up on the internet these days. Unfortunately the more active you are on Social Media the harder it is to keep a low profile. The more of yourself you share online the more of you we have, makes sense?

Without thinking about it much, one of the best ways to keep yourself and data secure is staying offline (*not having an online presence*). Funny enough, that is very hard to do these days. I’d like to believe deep down somewhere this is related. We use these tools so much we cannot picture ourselves without them.

Any if not every professional related update goes live on LinkedIn because you keep yourself and profile up to date. This does influence and may have quite a number of advantages but a few disadvantages as well. Every photo goes on Insta because you wish to keep your followers updated as well but this also says a lot about you. It is safer to choose what to share and where to do so but unfortunately it isn't easy.

This story was also published on Medium https://medium.com/secure-words/social-media-profiles-defining-a-new-search-engine-840adf2725f4


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