Mining social networking sites for some downright interesting pictures of people doing things could not be easier. The bad part is that it is very easy to do, the good part is that adding pictures to your privacy settings is going to be something you want to do.
There are basically five web sites that are worth going after from the social media picture sharing viewpoint.
- Deviant Art
And as a bonus one – Smugmug although it is not the best if photographers do not tag their pictures, or give unique names to their pictures.
The Google search is very easy, starting in Google Images, (if you are doing this from work, make sure that safe browsing is on because some of this is not going to be safe for work).
Site:facebook dsc_* will bring up every picture that starts off with DSC a common naming convention across many digital pictures. All of these will be on the facebook site.
Changing the site:facebook.com to yfrog.com or twitpic.com just opens up the possibilities of combing through the entire social media sphere of pictures for interesting if not compromising pictures of people.
Data can be reached as far back as 800 days, for long term data twitpic is best, which often leads to someone’s Facebook or MySpace account, where pictures are usually not protected under privacy flags. They are easy to comb and see what is seeable.
Some of the more interesting variations on the theme are
- Passed out
Use the Urban Dictionary if you are not familiar with popular slang or the popular name for various situations that people find themselves in.
Overall though if there is an ability to put a privacy setting on people’s pictures, then you should do so. Some of the pictures I saw today were uniquely interesting as I worked this process out so that it would be viable.
Google hacking images can be a very interesting way of looking at random people across the social networking sphere.
(Cross-posted @ Managing Intellectual Property & IT Security)