One of the surprises I’ve encountered over the course of running this blog, was the discovery that some people ask for instructions on how to make a fake Twitter account. Daft as that might seem, it’s actually a very good question, with an interesting answer. There are good fake accounts, and bad fake accounts, and an unimaginable number of the bad end up getting suspended. Anyone can make a fake Twitter account. But if you’re going to invest time in it, you want to be sure the project is safe. How do you guarantee that your fake account is not going to get zapped by Twitter and/or land you in trouble? Continue reading How to Make a Fake Twitter Account
Some years ago I began to take an increasing interest in a couple of guys who were experts at identifying fake Internet accounts. They weren’t trained specialists – they were just ordinary Web users. But they were always exposing fake accounts, and they were always right.
On one occasion, one of them uncovered three digits’ worth of accounts belonging to the same person, and published his allegations. Initially, to say I was sceptical was an understatement, but it soon became clear that his accusations were correct. I became fascinated with how he investigated these matters – all the more so because he’d often publish his rationale and evidence in each case. Continue reading Identifying Who’s Behind a Twitter Fake