The uniqueness of social networks lies in their ability to collect large amounts of data about users, which creates fertile ground for SOCMINT analytics and intelligence. In this article, we will focus on how to effectively use online resources and tools to analyze activity on Facebook, one of the most popular platforms in the world. First, let’s understand what SOCMINT is. It stands for social media intelligence, a methodology used to monitor, collect and analyze information from social networks to create an information advantage. SOCMINT can be used for a variety of purposes, from brand monitoring to global intelligence operations. This becomes especially relevant in the context of Facebook, where a huge amount of content from millions of users is generated every day.
What will you find in this article? We will look at a number of online resources and tools that allow you to perform a comprehensive analysis of Facebook activity. This includes techniques for identifying trends, analyzing groups and communities, tracking public posts and comments, and deciphering metadata that can provide valuable information about users and their interactions. Practical advice on how to use these tools to maximum benefit and safety will also be presented, with particular emphasis on the ethical aspects of SOCMINT. Given the strictness of Facebook’s data privacy policies, we’ll also discuss how to use intelligence tools appropriately so as not to violate the platform’s policies. Using SOCMINT in the context of Facebook opens new horizons for researchers, analysts and security professionals. After reading this article, you will be armed with the knowledge to effectively collect and analyze the data you need for your business. Last but not least, we will address trends and changes in social media that may affect the use of SOCMINT and provide guidance on how to adapt to these changes.
Find Facebook Live streams by location.
A great Facebook search engine from IntelX.
A collection of methods and formulas for searching Facebook.
Google CSE where you can search for images posted on Facebook using keywords.
Allows you to search for keywords by specific dates, date ranges, and location.
A simple tool to get the Facebook ID of a user, group or page.
A tool from Meta to find Facebook videos. Registration is required.
An experimental tool that helps you explore the new Facebook Graph Search feature.
This page tries to be a simple interface to show how the current Facebook search function works.
Instructions and resources for law enforcement officers who need Facebook and/or Instagram records.
Find people and events on Facebook. Ability to search by name, location, affinity, gender, language, etc.
OSINT Combine Facebook Tools is an easy way to quickly search for multiple keywords from a list or discover mutual friends for multiple profiles at once.
Search for all ads currently served using Meta technologies. To find ads, search for keywords or an advertiser.
This tool allows you to analyze Facebook accounts by URL. This tool is not very effective and does not always work, but it is still worth mentioning.