We have discussed the powerful potential of using social networks like MySpace and Facebook to do people searches and background checks and research before.
Once reserved only for high school and college students, Facebook is planning to allow open registration for other people.
According to a post on TechCrunch —
The exclusive Facebook social club, until recently reserved for U.S. college students, has been slowly opening up to other groups. High School students and employees of certain corporations are allowed to create profiles. Recently Facebook also created geographic networks and allowed Facebook users to also add one geographic network to their high school, college or corporate network.
Sometime soon, Facebook will start allowing anyone to join directly into a geographic network, regardless of whether or not they are already a member.
Facebook and MySpace are two of the web’s most popular social networks. Facebook’s interest in allowing open registration will create a great opportunity for private investigators and skip tracers to access another important free web resource for conducting people searches and doing background research on individuals.