Deep Web Resources for Paralegals: Social Media

Part of a paralegal's job is to research potential witnesses or locate parties to a lawsuit.  Paralegals also have to search for evidence relevant to a case.  Often that requires digging into social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, but that can prove difficult if you don't already know where to start.  To find what you're looking for, it may be necessary to tap into the invisible web, the sites that don't get indexed by broad search engines. The following resources were designed to help you do just that, offering specialized search engines, directories, and more places to find the complex and obscure.  Specifically geared towards social media, these deep web sites can assist you in your research projects and finding people, including locating potential experts.  
50 Matches – Social Search Engine
51st issue of The Global Employer – The Social Media Issue
Add This! Social Bookmark and Feed Button
Adobe Social – Streamline, Connect, Analyze and Understand More About Your Customers
allvoices – Shared Local to Global News
Alterian SM2 – Social Media Monitoring and Analysis
ArgyleSocial – More Prospects, Better Leads, and Stronger Relationships
Arktan – Connecting Your Digital Activity
AROUNDMe – Collaborative Social Spaces On the Web
Attentio – Track, Analyse and Understand Millions of Global Voices From Social Media                                                                                                                                                                                                    
BackTweets – Search for Links On Twitter
Behavior OnLine – The Mental Health and Behavioral Science Meeting Place
blab – Predictive Social Intelligence
BlastFollow – Follow Twitter Users Who Share Your Interests
BlinkList – Personal Start Page and Social Bookmarking Engine
Blitzmetrics – Social Media Dashboards For Your Brand
BlogBridge – A New Kind of Blog Reader
Bottlenose – Smartest Social Media Dashboard
Boxee – Open Connected Social Media Center
Brandwatch – Tools For Monitoring, Analyzing and Utilizing Social Media Conversations – Covering the Social Economy
Buffer – A Smarter Way To Share
Buzz Equity Pro
Classmates Online
Collarity – Optimized Audience Engagement
Conversocial – Social Customer Service Platform
Cooperation, Sharing And Social Networking As Emergent Economic And Production Forces
Criminal Law Resources: Social Networking Online and Criminal Justice by Ken Strutin
Crimson Hexagon – Enterprise Social Media Monitoring and Analysis Software
CrowdStorm – Social Shopping & Price Comparison
Curalate – Marketing and Analytics Suite for Pinterest and Instagram
CustomScoop – All-In-One News and Social Media Monitoring
CyberAlert – Media Monitoring Service For Online News, Broadcast News and Social Media – Social Bookmarks – Social Bookmarking, Tagging, Blogging & Notes
Digg – Technology News
Diigo: Social Annotation – Seamless Integration of Social Bookmarking, Web Highlighter, Sticky-Note and Clipping
Dreamcrowd – Dream Sharing and Interpretation
Dropify – Turn Your Files Into Facebook Fans
EDUdemic – Education Technology Tips For Students and Teachers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Elgg – Open Source Social Networking Platform – Showcase Your Work, Knowledge or Passion
Eurekster – Search Party
Evidence Search – Health and Social Care                                                                                                                                  
Facebook – Social Utility
Five Weeks to a Social Library
Flickr – Photo Sharing
Friends:Social Networking Sites for Engaged Library Services
GaggleAMP – Amplify, Analyze and Align Social Media
Gather – Social Networking with Substance
Geofeedia – See What’s Happening Right Now, Anywhere
Gnip – Largest Provider of Social Media to the Enterprise
Gorkana – Social Media Services
GovLoop – Knowledge Network for Government
GSS : General Social Survey
Hive Mind Map
Hodges’ Health Career – Care Domains – Model [h2cm]
Homesnap – Explore Over 90 Million Homes
HootSuite – Social Media Management
HowSociable – Measure the Magnitude of your Brand
Hypios – Social Marketplace for Solutions
Institute for Social Network Analysis of the Economy (ISNAE)
International Journal of Internet Science
Introduction To Social Network Analysis
Introduction To Social Network Methods by Robert A. Hanneman and Mark Riddle
iZoca – Free Group Networking Platform
JigSaw – The Business Contact Marketplace
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC)
Journal of Social Entrepreneurship
Lanyrd – The Social Conference Directory – The Social Music Revolution
Library for Social Network Analysis [last updated 2008]
Likeastore – Social Bookmarking for Geeks
List Fav Social Network – Best of Lists
Loore – Finding People Online Within Social Networks and Directories
MarketMeSuite – Proactive Social Media Marketing
Mashpedia – Real Time Multimedia and Social Encyclopedia
Messenger Taps Social Nets
Military Advantage
mnemomap – Search Engine – delicious
Muse – Social Utility That Connects You With Internet2-enabled Technologies and Educators
MyPictr – Free Picture Resizing for Your Social Network
NameChk – Check Username Availability at Multiple Social Networking Sites
Neighborhood America INgage Network™ – Enterprise Social Networking
NetBase – Social Media Management System (SMMS)
NewsGator – Enterprise Social Business Software Solutions
Oneview – Social Bookmarking and Community/Human Powered Search
Online Social Networking for Business: An Interview with Konstantin Guericke, Marketing VP, LinkedIn By Debbie Bardon
Online Social Networking White Paper by Marcus P. Zillman
OnlyWire – Automated Content and Bookmark Distribution
Open Source Social Platforms: 10 of the Best
Oracle – Collective Intellect
Outfoxed – Personalize Your Internet
Oxford Internet Institute (OII)
PeerIndex – Discover the Authorities and Opinion Formers On a Given Topic
phpBB – Creating Communities Worldwide
PinReach – Pinterest Influence Metrics and Analytics
Postcron – The Easiest Way To Schedule Tweets and Facebook Posts
PressDoc – Dynamic and Interactive Social Media Releases
Pressitt – Create Your Own Social Media News Release (SMNR)

RateItAll – Consumer Ratings and Reviews
Reachli – Create and Share Engaging Posts for the World To See
Reddit – What’s New Online
Review of Social Economy: The Journal of the Association for Social Economics
Revou – PHP Driven Social Network Software
Ryze – Business Networking
Samepoint – Social Media Search
Scour – The Social Search Engine
SociableBlog – Social Networking and Social Media Blog
Socialbrite – Social Tools for Social Change
Social Bookmarking Tools (I) – A General Review by Tony Hammond, Timo Hannay, Ben Lund, and Joanna Scott
SocialBro – Explore Your Twitter Community
Social Buzz Bot – The Business Intelligence Search Engine for Information Discovery from Social Communities                                                                                                                                                                                   
Social Informatics Blog
Social-Informatics – University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences
Social Issues Research Centre
Social Marketing Institute
Social Media Policies Database
SocialMention – Real-Time Social Media Search and Analysis
Social Networking – A Research Tool by Amelia Kassel
Social Networking Sites List from WikiPedia
Social Networking Services Meta List
Socialnomics – Social Media Revolution Video
Social Psychology Network
Social QR Code – Use with Traditional and Social Marketing
SocialSav – Track Competitors, Monitor Performance, Keep Pace With Trends
Social Terminology Enhancement through Vernacular Engagement
Socialtext – Social Networking with Enterprise 2.0 Collaboration
Social Wallpapering – Desktop Backgrounds
Sociolinguistics and CMC [Site Last Updated 2009]
Sociosecure – Protecting Company Information and Employee Privacy
Socrata – Social Data Platform
Spoke – Discover Relevant Business Information
Spinn3r – Indexing the Blogosphere
SproutSocial – Social Media Management for Exceptional Companies
StumpleUpon Reviews
Talkwalker – Social Media Monitoring Tool
Tame – Time To Tame the Social Web
Tellagence – Predicts How Information Will Move
Terra Nova – Virtual Worlds Collaborative Blog
The Casual Collective – Social Gaming and Casual Networking
Themeefy – Create Your Own Personalized Theme Magazine
The Strength of Internet Ties – A Pew/Internet Report
The Virtual Handshake – Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online
ThisNext – Shopcasting Network
Topsy – Realtime Social Web Search Engine
Trackur – Online Reputation Monitoring & Social Media Monitoring Tools
Tribe [Member-created groups; Last Updated 2004]
Twazzup – Real-time Monitoring and Analytics for Twitter
TweetBeep – Free Twitter Alerts by eMail
TweetReach – How Far Did Your Tweet Travel
TwentyFeet – Ego Tracking Service
Twitalyzer – Serious Analytics for Social Business
TwitterCounter – Statistics Powered by Twitter
Twitter – Share and Discover What’s Happening Right Now, Anywhere in the World
Twournal – Twitter To Journal
TwtrLand – Visualizes Social Footprints
Understanding and Communicating Social Informatics By Rob Kling, Howard Rosenbaum, and Steve Sawyer – Where Your Virtual World Becomes Real
Vibin – Collect What Matters
ViralHeat – A Unified Suite for Social Media Marketing
Viral Communications
Virtual Community Attraction: Why People Hang Out Online by Catherine M. Ridings Lehigh University and David Gefen Drexel University
VVocus – Marketing Cloud
vSocial – Upload, Watch and Share Video Clips
Wakoopa – Tracking & Understanding – Social Media Gateways Search Engine
WhoTalking – Real Time Social Media Topic Search Engine
Wikia – Social Search Engine
Wikio – Social Networking News
Woofaa – Social Media Monitoring
XING – Unique People Discovery and Search
XMind – Social Brainstorming and Mind Mapping – OpenSource
Yammer – Enterprise Social Network
Zakta – Personal and Social Deep Web Search Engine
Zapproved – Business Productivity Tools to Approve It, Track It and Store It
ZoomSphere – Social Media Influence Tracking Tool


Carol Long said...

Jenny, this is an amazing resource. THANK YOU!!

Olivia Princess said...

Thank you for helping people get the information they need. Great stuff as usual. Keep up the great work!!!
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