Your Next Date, Coworker, or New Friend Will Investigate You Online

You want to know a little more about an internet date or a potential new hire at work, but you don’t want to necessarily need a comprehensive background check and definitely don’t want to pay for one. With a little know-how and help from the world wide web, you don’t have to.

This article briefly talks about how to investigate somebody online using search engines, people search sites and other public resources to create a profile of the target person using their online footprint.

If you are the one being searched, there are two important points to look at here.

The fact that EVERYONE you meet will likely search for you online if they are to have some sort of relationship with you. It doesn’t matter whether it is a business, personal or professional relationship, you are likely to be searched.

The other is how your online footprint and the searcher’s opinion may form a very inaccurate picture of who you really are.

Address history, bad credit, education, favorite movies, and all sorts of things can paint a very specific picture about a person in your head, but without context, that picture could be very skewed. If you come across any information that worries (or excites) you, ask about it. Your knee-jerk assumptions may be far from the truth. [1]

I’ve mentioned this point many times before.

Without knowing the context of what is found when searching someone, it is very easy to paint a very inaccurate picture of them.

If you are the one that is being searched this can have grave consequences for relationships, career aspirations and other life goals.

Own your digital identity.

Own the first impression. Control how you look online.

References and Footnotes

  1. How to Use the Internet to Investigate Your Next Date, Coworker, or New Friend (Without Being Creepy) - Lifehacker