New Blogs: Twitter research & DMV State by State Guidelines

  • Twitter Profile Investigations – what can you find?
    Analysing a person’s Twitter account is a very important step in the process of gathering general information about them. Twitter may not advertise extra details on the user profiles. But, data analysis and thanks to the public nature of how Twitter stores user profile communication, and the relationships, we have some tricks for you.

    Tracing people on Twitter can be done in less than 12 steps
    Tracing people on Twitter can be done in less than 12 steps
    We are going to show you how to determine a Twitter user’s core network of friends and track them. You’re also going to be able to work out who their best friends are and their likely Geolocation. You may even be able to work out their real identity, habits, relationships, and motivations. Finally, we’ll show you how much money one of their tweets can be sold for.

    For the purposes of the exercises here, we use our own Twitter account. You can too (, or use your own.

    Full article here

    State-by-State Guide to DMV Records

    Sometimes, what would seem like or seem like it ought to be a public record may not actually be so. Driving records are one such instance of this. The accessibility to these records varies wildly state-to-state, making it less of a dependable source record and more of an intriguing auxiliary item. In this entry we go over what makes these records unique and where to look for them.

    Personal information which is integral to driving records is heavily protected by federal law and by states’ interpretation of that law. The federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act of 1994 codified protections against disclosing personal information associated with driver’s licenses unless express permission of the subject whose records are being accessed is obtained. Additionally, this information is protected from release under definitions of acceptable use. Acceptable uses as defined by the Act include use by a government agency, use in the normal course of business by a legitimate business or its agents for verification or correction purposes, and for use in connection with any matter before a court or arbitration proceeding. Requirements of written consent or notarization further make the process of obtaining records cumbersome, if not impossible.

    Full Article here

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