The American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers surveyed its members earlier this year and found that social networking and media sites had increasing prominence as a source for evidence in divorce cases. Facebook ranked as the most important site, with 66% of the respondents identifying it as a primary source.
Other practice areas – personal injury, labor and employment come to mind – can also tap in to these resources. Parties to a case may share personal information, text or photos and videos, that is damaging to a later claim when it is accessed using online research tools.
If you have an account on a social network, you can use it to search the site. Some allow search access without an account, like Twitter. You can also use external search tools, like Collecta.com, Openfacebooksearch.com, and Booshaka.com, all of which I discuss on this site.