How to Exceed 1,000 Search Results on Bing

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Guest post by Glenn Gutmacher In a recent post, Irina described an intriguing follow-up to a discovery made by Dan Russell. In short, the initial discovery was that Google used a completely different index to store its web-crawled image results from its index of regular webpages. What Irina realized is that the same query run on Google Images could yield …

Hack: How to Get More Than 1,000 Results on Google #OSINT

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While the official displayed results limit is one thousand, these days Google searches never produce more than 300-500 results. But today, I ran into something interesting: you still can get many more results, and even more than a thousand. The secret is to also search in Images. If you thought that when you switch to images on Google’s search screen …

Facebook Photo Discoveries

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While you can magically find photos with any given number of people on Facebook, clicking on them (in Google’s image search) lands on the page, not the photo itself. You have to scroll down to find it. As I have found out, to find “just” photos (or rather, pages with one photo only), you need to X-Ray in a more …

Hack: Google for Facebook Photos Interpretations #OSINT

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Based on the following two behaviors from the tech giants: Facebook interprets pictures and inserts the interpretation into its public pages HTML code Googlebot indexes these interpretation phrases – you can reveal lists of members’ names and profiles based on Google’s image search. The two Facebook phrases most common for tagging photos are: “Image may contain… “, for example, “image …

Google’s Hidden Gigantic Visual Repository

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As I was reading through Searching for images with filetype: on Google? by Dan Russell of Google, I was not that surprised that filetype: takes different arguments and finds different things on Google.com and image search. I had seen this behavior. But this was stunning: “to find an image, you have to use Images.Google.com. “ Dan’s post implied that Google’s index …

Sixteen Techniques of Interest

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I want to share sixteen tools and techniques that have impressed me in the last few months. They should be of interest to recruiters as well as OSINT people, I hope. Consider them to be techniques that you did not know you should use. Outwit Hub is a veteran tool. And it is the only way to scrape your first-level …

Invitation: Online Sourcing Learning Day – May 6th

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Have you ever wanted to make a big jump in your sourcing skills in just a day? I would like to invite you to join David Galley, Guillaume Alexandre, Kim and Gordon Lokenberg, Balazs Paroczay, Marcel van der Meer, and me on May 6, 2020. We will present a unique six-hour online event with an in-depth, diverse, actionable content on …

Revisit Social List & Contact Finder in 2020

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Developed by “Sourcers Who Code,” Social List is worth your attention in 2020. Especially so, given how poorly LinkedIn is serving us (growing prices, reduced functionality, confusing UX, endless bugs, irresponsive and unknowledgeable customer support). Social List is a sourcing tool that lets you instantly generate lists of target social profiles based on your requirements The tool searches for public …

Knowledge Graph Objects in Google CSEs (True Semantic Search!)

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  As I was finishing the “Hacks” slides for my favorite conference, Sourcing Summit Europe, I stumbled across something I hadn’t seen before. Google Custom Search Engines (CSEs) got a new setting in the control panel: We can now select Knowledge Graph Objects to restrict the search! I was intrigued; David Galley and I spent some time researching what the …

New Hacks Replace Old Hacks

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It’s never boring with sourcing tools and sites. Things change all the time and, at times, we lose tools. A major #OSINT publication Bellingcat writes that last week was “a hell week for research”: The past week dealt several blows to open source researchers. First, Facebook made major changes to its Graph search interface, effectively breaking previous methods to search …