You can now get paid to ‘stalk’ people on social media. In the quirky modern sense. Not actual legitimate stalking. That’s illegal.
As a man of honour and respect, I have little time for snooping on other people’s cyber presence, and even less inclination. That’s just me, though.
Judging by the fact you can now be employed to do so, however, proves the fad is more real than I’d like to think.
Andy Bartram, from Maidstone, Kent, has launched his own investigation agency to funnel out all the fake profiles and trolls so as to keep normal singletons safe.
The 46-year-old set up Vet Your Date earlier this month and charges £20 a pop for each pre-date search of your Tinder or Bumble match.
He told Kent Live:
I have done those kinds of searches as an intelligence analyst and while I was watching Catfish on MTV I thought it could potentially be a good idea to do something similar here.
Anybody could do it, but in the same way if you need your boiler fixed, you would get a professional in because of safety.
I have spent a number of years as a criminal intelligence analyst and I have had police training.
That gives me the power to interrogate web pages to get results back.
Andy, a father of one, is confident of his ‘stalking’ skills he learnt with the police and is eager to put it to good use.
Although I set it up as a vetting thing for dating it could also be used for other purposes. Online dating is such a massive industry these days.
I have got lots of friends who use it quite a lot and there are numerous different apps people use.
It is all swipe right and swipe left.
It comes just after Catfish host Max Joseph announced last night (August 8) he would be leaving the popular MTV show which made him famous.
He told Twitter:
Hey guys, the time has come, sadly, for me to move on from Catfish.
Working on this show for the last seven years has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. I’ve learned a lot about myself, my country and human nature in general.
For a while now I have been straddling two careers as TV host and filmmaker and, while this level of busy-ness is a dream come true, my life can no longer sustain it. With Catfish still going strong after 7 seasons, 115 episodes, 31 specials and showing no sign of slowing down, I feel it is finally the time for me to make my exit.
It really was a f****** blast and I am eternally grateful for every second of it.
Reckon you’ve got what it takes to replace Max, for on a much smaller and cheaper scale, to protect Kent citizens from online wrong-un’s? Check out their Facebook page to see what’s what.
Good luck and keep doing you, Andy.
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