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Stalk Your Way to a New Job

Stalk Your Way to a New Job

Stalk like a career professional

Tania Khadder

December 16, 2009


While it can be an incredibly useful tool for tracking people down, Facebook can also be incredibly useless – it all depends on a person’s privacy settings.

The first step is to search the person in question’s name. Make sure you try any nicknames, in addition to their full name.

You may get several people with the same name (and you may or may not know what they actually should look like). Try narrowing it down using networks. If you know they live in Los Angeles, set the network appropriately and see what comes up.

Other tips for optimizing your Facebook search:
    • When you find your “stalkee,” you may be able to get into their profile page right away. If you can’t, try changing your network to match theirs – they may have set their profile to only allow access to people in their network. You can only do this a few times, so make sure this person is truly stalk-worthy.

    • Alternatively, you can set up a fake profile solely for the purpose of modifying your network where necessary and view their profile that way.

    • Still can’t get onto their profile? Check to see if you know any of their friends. If you do, invite that person to be your friend. Once they accept, you may be able to find information on your stalkee in your mutual friend’s feed. For example, you can look for any wall posts your stalkee might have left on their page.

    • Want to know who’s stalking you? Try the new Facebook application that allegedly gives you a ranked list of your “stalkers.” Whether or not it actually legitimately tracks who visits your profile — or simply how many times they’ve commented, messaged, tagged, etc –- is still up in the air.

    • Want to know what your friends can and can’t see? Go to your privacy settings, type in the name of your friend and view your profile just as they see it.

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