Facebook for Investigators


In this self paced online course participants will develop competent investigative strategies for exploiting Facebook and "deep diving" into the user data. Facebook continues to be the largest social media site with over 2 billion users worldwide (2019). However, many investigators are either reluctant to use, or fail to fully exploit, Facebook and it’s phenomenal search engine. This is due to:

  • A fear of social media in general and Facebook in particular
  • They have never been taught how to properly exploit Facebook
  • They rely on the office “geek” to find the information for them (who often misses a lot of the available information)

When Offered

  • Online
  • Course length: 4 weeks / 25 hours

Current 2024 course offerings:

  • Jan 8, 2024 – Feb 5, 2024
  • Feb 5, 2024 – March 4, 2024
  • March 4, 2024 – April 1, 2024
  • April 1, 2024 – April 29, 2024
  • May 6, 2024 – June 3, 2024
  • May 27, 2024 – June 24, 2024
  • Sept 9, 2024 – Oct 7, 2024
  • Oct 1, 2024 – Oct 29, 2024
  • Nov 4, 2024 – Dec 2, 2024

Who Should Take This Course

  • Any investigator that wants a “deep dive” into Facebook to exploit all of its search capabilities and user data.


Much of the information found on Facebook allows us to branch off onto other important social media websites.

Course Goals

Upon the successful completion of this program students will be able to competently data mine Facebook. By learning to properly use Facebook, and all of its features, the student will be able to gather information on:

  • Their subject (and possibly locate other subjects),
  • Their witness (and possibly locate other witnesses),
  • Their victim (and possibly locate other victims),
  • The crime itself (video and images),
  • Monitor events.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate, through exploiting Facebook's search engine, how to conduct an investigation on an individual, group or event;
  • Demonstrate how to exploit the search features of Facebook;
  • Set up their Facebook account for covert investigations;
  • State the importance of how to capture online information;
  • Set up "sock puppets" and why it's important to follow certain protocols;

Text & Resource Material

Students will require the following:

  • Laptop or desktop that uses either the Windows, MAC or Linux operating system,
  • The Chrome web browser,
  • Unrestricted Internet access,
  • Students will be supplied with an eManual.

Course Evaluation

  • Specific course evaluation information will be provided by the instructor at the start of the course.
  • Most courses have short quizzes at the end of each unit and a "final scenario" at the end of the course.
  • Typically, most of the courses are either a P/F or, require the student to finish the course with a 70% average.


The course price is listed for each college:


Module 1 Facebook
Unit 1 Copyright Notice  
Unit 2 Resources  
Unit 3 Welcome to Facebook  
Unit 4 Introduction  
Unit 5 Investigator Accounts and Aliases  
Unit 6 Facebook Spying  
Unit 7 Chrome & Firefox  
Unit 8 Profile Images and Photos  
Unit 9 Finding Your Subject on Facebook  
Unit 10 More Facebook Searching  
Unit 11 Friends  
Unit 12 Facebook Groups and Pages  
Unit 13 Marketplace  
Unit 14 Save Your Searches!  
Unit 15 Third Party Tools and Sites  
Unit 16 Facebook Myths and Legal Stuff  
Unit 17 Facebook Final Scenario  
Unit 18 Course Feedback