Shattering Secrets with Social Media*
Who works for that startup? What are they building? Who are their investors? Did he quit or get fired? Who is she dating now? Does any of it matter?
What are they building? Did he quit or get fired? Who is she dating now?
As helpful as Facebook can be in knowing who is dating who.. does that really help anyone? Is that even interesting? Wouldn’t you like to know about the things that aren’t being talked about? Professionally, how can you look at a “stealth startup” and figure out what they’re doing and how they’re doing it? How can you learn about their investors, products, and even potential customers? How can you scare the hell out of them for fun and profit? Who are the Connectors? Where are the Mavens flocking? How can the CIA put two and two together to equal terrorist?
In the past five years that we’ve had site likes LinkedIn, Delicious, Digg, and Twitter, a stunning amount of private information has been made available for all to find, browse, explore, and combine. With some deep digging, creative analysis, a little bit of luck, you can find patterns and combine of information in ways that no one expected and few have explored.
D. Keith Casey, Jr. has been a PHP developer for nearly eight years and was a professional agitator within the Washington, DC until he decided to explore Austin, TX this past summer.
To pay the bills, he works as the Chief Stuff Breaker of Blue Parabola, LLC and has developed PHP-based systems for organizations ranging from major news media companies to small non-profits. In his spare time, he is a core contributor to web2project, works to build and support the Austin PHP and Austin Flash communities, blogs regularly at CaseySoftware.com and is completely fascinated by monkeys.