As my last post here at Newsvine, I'm going to explain to you how to find someone on the Internet. Folks seem to think it's some sort of arcane trick, but it's really just knowing what tools you have. And to forestall any more accusations of death threats and crap like that, I'll find myself.
Okay, I've annoyed you and you feel you need to shoot off an email telling me how wrong I am or to threaten to kidnap my daughter or to assure me that abuse at the hands of previous husbands was totally deserved. (Yes, I've gotten all of those.) And assuming I hadn't thoughtfully given you my Google share link, how would you do it?
Start with the obvious. My domain id is "gwenny". Google it. Ah, 149,000 returns for "gwenny, we will need to eliminate some. (And obviously I'm slacking I used to be 8 of the first 10 returns.) Obviously Urban Dictionary is not going to help. But this second, Tribe.net, let's check it out. Oooh, this looks promising. Ah, I bet this is the woman I'm looking for, she's using the same profile picture. What can I learn from this profile?
- I see here her uid is gtpooh.
- She's in the SF Bay Area.
- She has accounts everywhere
- She's very interested in sex
Yeah, this is the woman I want. Let's Google "gtpooh". Holy Mother of God, a bonanza! At this point, you have the information you need. But what if the person you are looking for is more difficult to find? There are still tools.
I use Spokeo, a nifty little utility that let's you track folks down over various social networks using only their email. The good thing is, it will sometimes autofill most of the major ones and you can also do userid@XXX.com manually. Most folks will have an account at one of the major email providers. This was actually where I started the other day and it immediately turned up the person's email. After that it was back to Google and, viola, I have everything I wanted to know. If I had been willing to pay a few bucks I could have had her criminal record and a bunch of other no doubt totally boring bits of information like how many times she's been hospitalized because she's batshit crazy.
(I love Spokeo, if you are inclined to stalk. It lets you track people without leaving any figure prints. So I know that one of the stupid gits who helped break up my marriage is no longer seeing my husband, lost her job AGAIN, can't afford shoes for her baby and constantly is needing childcare, her car is broken down and so is her washer--she shares this information publicly in a variety of places. This doesn't make me as happy as it might, as if she had been willing to play nice, we would be bff and I would be her mentor and I would have used my connections to get her set up. Ah well, that's the way the ball bounces . . .now everyone is unhappy and no one wins. ) (This sort of thing is also the reason to have a business only email that you give out professionally, since I assure you I do a quick search on folks my office does business with to eliminate criminals and fraud and if, like me, you might be a little odd, you might not want folks finding out you are poly, bi and anarchist. :snicker: Except my bosses pretty much know I'm very weird after six years working for them.) (Spokeo also tells me I'm still lagging behind Wil Wheaton for sheer number of posts . . .damn you, Wil Wheaton and your stupid Twitter!!! :giggle: )
So that is how you do it. Sometimes it takes more digging. You might have to read through people's posts for details to narrow down searches. (Try finding a man named Stuart Anderson . . .sigh) Again, in this case, the person left their real name and references to where they live if I had needed more details. With a bit of practice you too will be exposing the slithy underbelly of the Interwebz.
Just for the record, Doris will never be able to produce threatening emails from me. I did not send her threatening emails. I have no desire to threaten her. I learned that she's a pathetic old bigot in a sucky relationship she can't get out of and there's nothing I can do to make her life anymore useless and pointless. Everything she tries to do to get attention only gets her further rejected, because she's not only a racist and not very interesting, she's psychotic. :shrug: Just being her is a far worse punishment than I could devise.
There you go. My parting gift. I have no desire, either, to stay in a place that gives preferential treatment to shills and trolls. My privacy was violated for four and a half days and the article is STILL in cache, turning up on the first page of returns for my uid. Not only that but I have been accused of crimes and threatened with the FBI and nothing has been done about that either. I'm not deleting my account. I have strong feelings about data deletion, especially in context of social media. But if you want me, you are gonna have to look elsewhere.
So color me gone. Newsvine, it just got dumber here.