- Digging is in many ways similar to Catrography. A digger often finds themselves building maps of social connections in order to better understand the relationships between people. I am talking about finding connections. We can find these connections through various means. Facebook friends, twitter followings, patrons in Patreon, LinkedIN connections, and even message boards.
- The key to digging is the anchor. This is your target. Random digging without any purpose can produce results, but a focused approach can be more efficient and productive.
- Decide on your target and then map their networks. Understand their movements and the various circles they associate with. Observe connections between those they have a financial or personal relationship with, and from those particular connections dig further.
- Google is your best friend. You will use much of your time simply googling names. For example, your target has a patreon and one of the patrons is a developer. You take note of how long that developer has been donating and then google both names ("John Smith" AND "Sheryl Lin"). You take note of the cross-references and look for particular facts. Did John Smith write an article on Sheryl Lin at any point? If so, was the article written after donations began?
- From there it is simply a matter of sifting through, gathering and recording the evidence.
- Digging is not difficult if you approach it intelligently, but even so it is still long and boring work with many dead-ends. Don't be discouraged. If you work hard, you will get the hang of it and come up with your own unique method. I wish you all luck.
Digging 101 (DEFUNCT)
RobinGale May 4th, 2015 (edited) 603 Never
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