Whether it s Facebook photos of underage drinking in college or the complete criminal record of your sister s new boyfriend, the internet is a treasure trove of background information.

You ll also see what potential landlords, employers, or anyone else can find out about you if they decide to do a little detective work of their own.

The results can function as a starting point from which to branch out.

Isolate search terms by putting the name in quotation marks in the search query.

Searching John Smith will yield the first and last name in that particular order and filter out any results that don t match your exact specifications.

Twitter is also generally more useful for discovering your target s personal tastes and interests as opposed to the basics, such as his or her contact information.

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