The internet can be used for many things, one must remember that not all stuff on the internet is factual, strangely enough. It can be used for benign things like looking up former abodes on Google Earth. Here is one of mine in Mt Isa.
It can be used to acquire information and if taken with a pinch of salt much good came come of this. It also can be home to the sneaky and the surreptitious, it is possible to get shed loads of information on people. You can even get fired from your job because of your internet behaviours and some employers track at work internet usage extensively. The internet is a shop window, and much is invested in internet public relations and paper trails. Apparently, there is a new phenomenon called social media.
There is tendency to over research others using the internet and some are eager for each juicy snippet they can find. It appeals to the sneaky and the surreptitious. And that path can lead into darkness. There is no way on earth to persuade someone who is sneaky and surreptitious of this. It can be justified away as “strategic”. There is a major flaw in this strategy, but only if you want to have anything to do with the subject of your “strategic research”. How might one broach the subject of this? Some may be flattered, others creeped out and still others thereafter disinclined. Maybe there is a hope that the “strategic research” will never come up, that one never lets it slip. If you ask me as a basis for relationship, this is fucked up.
Yet people all over the globe are doing “strategic research”, right now. That desire to have the edge, a deal, a bargain, “the goods” can make some salivate and drool. They rub their hands together in glee. It is even better when the subject of “strategic research” does not know they are being researched. There is sense of victory to it. There is a sense of being cunning and clever.
Having cued this up:
How much “strategic research” on others do I do?
Where do I draw the line?
Has it ever backfired?