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Social Fact & Source Vetting: If Your Mother Tweets She Loves, You Check It Out

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GENERAL

Google Advanced Search

Wolfram Alpha Searches web for authoritative answers to factual questions, historical weather data, much more

SOCIAL MEDIA SEARCHES

FACEBOOK:Facebook | Searchisback.com |  Stalkscan.com   

TWITTER: Followerwonk Analyze people’s followers by location, topic, more + first Tweet (free for limited searches) | Klout Analyze influence | Tweetdeck | Twicsy Search what Twitpix a user has posted | Twitter Advanced Search | Twitter search terms | Who tweeted it first? | $ Picodash Instagram and Twitter searches for photos, videos, users and locations | $ Trendsmap Mapping by words, hashtags, users

SOCIAL MEDIA MONITORING

AIDR platform Disaster-based

$ Ban.jo Location-based

$ Geofeedia Location-based

Ushahidi Crowd-sourcing software

VERIFYING IMAGES

Reveye — Chrome extension that combines reverse image search engines of TinEye, Google, Bing and others

TinEye Web image searcher – Drag an image or url into the search box and find out when it first appeared on the Web

Google Image Search (b&w works best)

Findexif.com Get the data from a photo that tells where/when/how it was taken

Foto Forensics

Freeocr Reads, translates text in images

Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer Get the data from a photo that tells where/when/how it was taken

JPEGSnoop

SunCalc Date/time shadow calcs

MAPS & LOCATION IMAGES

Flikr |  free-ocr.com |  Google Maps |  Google Translate |  Instantstreetview

NASA Earth Observatory |   Wikimapia

PEOPLE BACKGROUNDING

Facebook | rchisback.com |  Stalkscan.com   

GeoSocial Footprint Check your social media footprint

Flickr Geo-located photos

Identify Combined web identity (Firefox)

$ Full Contact Info from Web on people who email you (Gmail)

Linkedin

Numberway Phone #s

Person Finder Finding family/friends in a disaster

PIpl

Rapportive LinkedIn info on people who email you(Gmail)

SearchSystems.net Public records links

Spokeo People locators by name, address, phone

WebMii Profile search engine

WHOIS Website ownership

TRUTH-SQUADDING

Bellingcat

Snopes.com

Storyful

CASE STUDIES

Finding Dylann Roof by Storyful

How Storyful verified crowd-sourced video of the Boston Bombing in real time by AJR

How to Debunk a Geopolitcal Rumor with Your Twitter Followers by Andy Carvin