Social Media and Internet-Based Data Collection

X1 Social Discovery is the industry-leading solution for anyone who needs to collect and search data from social networks and the internet.


Social MediaX1 Social Discovery aggregates comprehensive social media content and web-based data into a single user interface, collects vital metadata in a legally defensible manner and preserves the chain of custody. X1 Social Discovery saves customers vast amounts of time and money through the automated – and simultaneous – collection of data from multiple social media accounts.


Unlike archiving and image capture solutions, X1 Social Discovery provides for a case-centric workflow from search and collection through production in searchable native format, while preserving critical metadata not possible through image capture, printouts, or raw data archival of RSS feeds. X1 Social Discovery saves investigators critical man hours and enables powerful, proactive and reactive investigative capabilities with automated email alerts for social media, geostreaming and website collections.

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Data Collections
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Tumblr
  • Web pages & websites
  • Gmail
  • YahooMail
  • AOL Mail
  • Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP)
Key Benefits


Data is collected and indexed from social media streams, linked content and websites through APIs, webmail connectors and direct web navigation. X1 Social Discovery aggregates data from these multiple sources in real time, in a highly scalable and case-centric manner.


Perform broad, unified searches across multiple accounts, social media streams and websites from a single interface. Linked content is automatically indexed and searched through the patented X1 fast-as-you-type search from one user interface. Results are aggregated for sorting, tagging and export consistent with standard eDiscovery, or investigative, workflow.


MD5 hash values of individual items are calculated upon capture and maintained through export. Automated logging and reports are generated. Key metadata unique to social media & web streams are captured through deep integration with APIs provided by the publishers. This metadata is important to establishing chain of custody and also provides key evidence relevant to the substantive case as well as authentication.


Maintain data in a searchable native format from collection through production, uniquely providing a complete platform to address social media in the same manner as devices, e-mail and e-documents. Deliver collected email in PST format while maintaining hierarchical structure.


Digital Shield, a recognized leader in computer forensics training and accreditation, now offers a 3-day X1 Social Discovery Certification Course teaching digital forensic examiners and eDiscovery practitioners the foundational skills and knowledge needed to collect, analyze and review evidence from social media networks. Learn more >

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System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 7 (64-bit only), Windows 8.1 (64-bit only), Windows 10 (64-bit only)
  • Memory: 8GB RAM (minimum)
  • Disk - Install Space: 200MB
  • Disk - Case Storage: 100GB (minimum), 1TB Hard Drive (recommended)
  • Software: Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft.Net framework 4.5.1 or later, Windows Media Player

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Customers Love X1

“I rely on X1 Social Discovery to collect and analyse cloud data on behalf of private clients and government agencies. I have found it easy to use, reliable for court purposes and supporting the widest range of cloud records relevant to my investigations. I can highly recommend X1 Social Discovery and consider it an essential tool for any forensic investigator.”
Clinton Towers
Director, Access Forensics
Subject Coordinator, University of Technology Sydney

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