Posts Tagged ‘research’

Checking out Usernames! People-Finding and Research

September 28, 2008

I love finding talent in many different ways.  Here’s another web tool I found last week and been playing with.  Userrnamecheck is interesting in that it goes through many common social sites and searches for a particular handle or username.  I like it because through this I can do a lot of research quickly and easy on someone I’m targeting, or better yet find more information or other talent – coworkers/friends/or a forum board to links they and similar others maybe active on 😉

This might be most similar to an internet site such as Spokeo.  There is another online web tool that comes to my mind also that searches boards, conversations, and forums.  Cocomment searches for and tracks comments or postings within websites and forums.  I first found out about Cocomment last year at the Techcrunch 9 August Capital party where I met the owner and found out he is an avid motorcyclist too 😉

[Note: I noticed while Usernamecheck isn’t perfect all the time, it has on several occasions for me thus far uncovered good free competitive intelligence to information on talent.  An example of how I used it last week would be that I was curious about discovering more information on Gov. Sarah Palin so I typed in gov.sarah (and possible alternatives such as or gov.palin and more) into the username field box at the top.  I then searched and saw what results and possible common social sites she may have an account or presence on.  So…a common handle I usually use is people’s first part of a person’s email as usually most people keep their same patterns or shorten versions of it. The “handle” I mentioned could also be as a blog, website or something they go by like researchgoddess, recruitinganimal, or idonato.]

Hope this may help give you additional insight into talent and/or lead you to discovering others!

All The Best!

On a side note I will be at a luncheon from Noon-1:30pm at Birk’s restaurant in Santa Clara on Wednesday, October 8th to learn and see more about JobFox.  JobFox is hosting this FREE luncheon! To learn more about JobFox and grab a possible free lunch on them at Farallon, Birk’s or Zibibbo next week in the bay area please e-mail for more information/reserve a free seat!


Another online people search engine – Whozat?

July 7, 2008

Here’s another online people search engine I’ve been playing with lately. While I admit I do like Spokeo to help me research and find out more about people, Whozat is another people finder engine I am checking out and playing with.

I use these to help me piece together clues about the talent I am researching to helping me connect friends, peers, and coworkers of theirs also 😉

Company Intelligence (Part 2 of 2)

November 4, 2007

Alright, here are some of my bookmarked sites I use to find out rumors and ramblings within companies:

(in no particular order)

Ok, I know some of us in the past have used f*** before and we all saw stuff going on and enjoyed reading about some of the going-ons and potential happenings, but that site went away so I’ve been using some of the above to find out more when I’m researching into companies. Also to note, I believe the job boards can be a great way to find out more by checking sites like indeed, jobster, simplyhired. Knowing whats going on in their market or knowing about their company culture to what they are trying to hire can give you the competitive advantage when reaching out/recruiting/doing ci. A couple other tools to wrap up this company intelligence post is to use google alerts and google trends as these tools can be very, very helpful also.

Until next time…All The Best!!!


Personal Disclaimer: These expressed views/opinions/comments are of my own and not of VeriSign.

Company Intelligence (Part 1 of 2)

October 21, 2007

Here is a great informational website that I find can help you research information on companies, technology, people and more:

Explore some of the links as they may give you more insight into targeting of company, technologies, people, or even the direction that a company might be focusing on through reading articles and reports.

My next post I will include links of websites that cover company internal rumors and employee insights & perspectives  into what is going on within their respective companies.

Until next Time…Take Care and truly wishing all my readers the very best in everything you accomplish and do!!!!!

-Dan Harris


dharris {at} verisign -dot-com

Having the inside track

October 8, 2007
I like this linksv site just as much as hoovers as it gives good stuff on Silicon Valley based companies. Type in Symantec (one of our competitors, for example) and you can see its partners, customers, investors, even companies its acquired!! Additionally, you can see rounds of financing, its mgmt, its financials, its news/press releases and more. It even has a link to find people within the company on linkedin ( ,on jigsaw (, and check out the visual groupscope map. I’ve liked this site since its been in beta way back in early 2005. I think its very cool- check it out!

Speaking of checking things out in beta….A quick extra bonus I would like to share on getting beta invites to those new web 2.0 startup websites (from search engines to those cool new social networking sites? One of my secrets has been using inviteshare (

Until Next Time…Wishing all my readers the very best in everything you accomplish and do!!!!!



dharris at verisign dot com

Bookmark this for Competitive Intelligence to Company Targeting & Researching

September 25, 2007

Classify this under Competitive Intelligence and Company Targeting & Research.

I like the easy layout and particularly the subdomains listed.  Other experienced Sourcers will know what to do (or should I say we can do) with this information…

Type in your public company….and see what results you get!

Already midnight and I was able to only spent 5 minutes playing Halo 3 with my roommate.  I’m tired and wish everyone a Good Night!

All The BEST!!!