Jack Mobile Inc. A Search Engine to Watch for OSINT Professionals

Various mobile search platforms are emerging as the world’s population continues to adopt mobile devices. We predict that Jack Mobile Inc. is a search engine worth watching for open source intelligence professionals.

What is different about this search engine versus all of the others that are trying to tackle mobile? It has been funded by Greylock Partners (aka Greylock Management Corporation), a California and Massachusetts based venture capital firm that has funded some of the biggest names in tech in the last decade. Jack Lilly, Partner at Greylock has confirmed the investment to several media outlets, including The New York Times and the excellent Bloomberg interview which is posted below:

 


Of particular note are Greylock’s investment in social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Pandora. Where it makes sense, venture capitalists will introduce different companies that they provide investment funds to, persuading them to work together in order to leverage the ecosystem they have created. As a case in point, Instagram was acquired by Facebook in 2012.

While this is purely speculation at this point, it would make sense that a company like Jack Mobile would gain access to the data on the social media sites within the Greylock Partners fold in order to leverage the data about the users and the information that their communities talk about. From an investigation or intelligence gathering perspective, this type of information would be invaluable.

Social search has been around for some time. Twitter bought Summize in 2008 and it was one of the first search engines for social media.  However, to borrow a phrase from David Sze in the above interview, OSINT professionals are only really in the third inning of their understanding of the value of what common connections and common conversations on social media can produce. This becomes even more powerful when combined with mobile applications and instant updates. These platforms will be a different than traditional search engine results, but rich sources of information none the less.