Over the past few years, social search has become a big thing amongst Private Investigators. It feels like I have written about this for even longer. The way social sites have become part of how people communicate and interact never ceases to amaze me. It also amazes me when Investigators fail to properly identify how they find social media content.
When an Investigator finds social media content, he must report the avenue he travelled to arrive at the content. Some search engines are better than others and some index certain sites better than others. Documenting the avenue travelled to the destination is like documenting the chain of custody of a piece of physical evidence. Questions about the search process are a distraction from the nature of the content uncovered. Being unable to clearly answer questions about the search process raise questions about the Investigator’s competence.
Avoid the distractions and embarrassment — fully document the search process.