Introduction to Social Media Investigation: A Hands-on Approach

  • 4h 13m
  • Jennifer Golbeck
  • Elsevier Science and Technology Books, Inc.
  • 2015

If you're interested in using social media as an investigative tool, Introduction to Social Media Investigation will show you how! Social networks and social media, like Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare, are some of the most popular services on the Web, with hundreds of millions of users. The public information that people share on these sites can be valuable for anyone interested in investigating people of interest through open, public sources.

Social media as an investigative device is in its infancy and not well understood. This book presents an overview of social media and discusses special skills and techniques to use when conducting investigations. The book features hands-on tutorials and case studies and offers additional data-gathering techniques.

  • Presents an overview of social media sites, information types, privacy policies, and other general issues relevant to investigating individuals online
  • Discusses the special skills and techniques needed when conducting investigations using social media
  • Includes hands-on tutorials and case studies using Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media sites using proven investigative techniques
  • Shows how to gather additional data using advanced techniques such as crowdsourcing, data mining, and network analysis

About the Author

Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D Is an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies and Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research interests include social network and social media analysis, recommender systems, trust on the web, human computer interaction and and how to use social relationships to improve the way people interact with information. She was named as one of IEEE Intelligent System's "Top Ten to Watch", is a Research Fellow in the Web Science Research Initiative and is a sought after speaker on social media

In this Book

  • Introduction to Social Media Investigation─A Hands-on Approach
  • Introduction
  • Background and Basics
  • Types of personal information
  • Privacy controls
  • Finding people on social media
  • Location data
  • Legal issues
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Foursquare
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Google+
  • Tumblr
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Forums and question and answer sites
  • Other networking sites
  • Social Media Sharing
  • Online dating
  • Analyzing networks
  • How to use NodeXL
  • Beyond the individual
  • Inferring traits from profiles
  • An Example Investigation
  • Glossary