Meet Astrid Clarke-Nicholson, Calum Fossil, Shandi Beever and Victoria Druggs. None of them exist in real life. They’ve all fronted fake Twitter accounts at one point or another, and a couple of them are still there. But their faces were created with digital imaging software, and their names are pure fiction. 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