In business or in making a career move, how well you research internet information can determine your success.
Using search engines instead of site searches on a specific websites can produce better results and some extra privacy.
For example, what is the best way to find anything on LinkedIn? Instead of using the site search on LinkedIn, you can use Google or Bing. In the search window, type Linkedin.com. Then hit the space bar. Then type SeeWhoIshiring or any keyword or name.
You can click these two examples to see real search windows and results.
To develop your skills, replace SeeWhoIsHiring with your own name or another person’s name.
I find that Google seems to hit the target more closely than Bing, but both search engines will work to “X-ray” a website.
Privacy Tip: If you are signed into LinkedIn, when you look at a person’s profile, the settings may display that you have looked at their profile. However, if you sign out of LinkedIn and search their profile through Google or Bing, you can click on the results and see the person’s profile without your name and your picture appearing on the person’s profile page.
You can use the same method on any website. Try this one. In Google or Bing, type Facebook.com, hit the space bar, and then type your keywords. Try this sample or replace CPG Careers with your own name.
Privacy: Facebook.com works differently than LinkedIn in terms of exposing who has looked at a person’s profile. Here is Facebook’s policy:
“Can people tell that I’ve looked at their timeline?
No, Facebook doesn’t let people track who views their timeline. Third party apps also can’t give this functionality. If you come across an app that claims to offer this ability, please report the app.”
What are some methods that you have used to research the Internet?
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