The past year has seen Twitter taking more action than ever before in a bid to clean up its image. The site has declared war on abuse, and exploited its own control over tweet visibility to wipe many serial abusers out of the picture – even if they’re still technically active on the site. Continue reading Was 2017 the Beginning of the End For Third-Party Twitter Apps?
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
“As a result of other posts on this blog, I’ve got used to being asked for help in unmasking “trolls”. Most typically, the requests have come from political activists who think they have the right to verbally attack those with whom they don’t agree, but should themselves be immune from any such attacks. Because… well, you know… Because their opinion is right, and everyone else’s is wrong, basically.
Continue reading The Not-So-Advanced World of Online Troll Investigation
A while back, I wrote a post called Zero Guy
, which looked at a seemingly growing phenomenon of Twitter users unfollowing their entire friend list. I’d always assumed this was a deliberate action. But as I discovered in the course of the past week, it may not be the account holders who are unfollowing literally ALL of their friends. It may in fact be Twitter. There’s a suggestion that this might all be part of a ransom racket which has heavily damaged the accounts and public image of some users who won’t ‘pay up’…
Continue reading Are Twitter’s ‘Locked Accounts’ a Ransom Racket?
“As an advocate of online privacy, I’ve issued numerous warnings on how easily Internet users can bypass the supposed protections on social media. In this latest installment, I’m going to begin by informing you that… brace yourself… the Account Protection feature on Twitter does NOT retrospectively protect your tweets.
Continue reading How Snoopers Access the Tweets in Your Protected Twitter Account
“Twitter trolls come in various forms, but one of the most predictable is surely the classic, anonymous, “egg troll”. If you’ve received aggressive, critical or insulting tweets from a faceless character-assassin who unexpectedly emerged from the depths of the Twittersphere, you’ve already met the egg troll. But don’t take his criticism seriously. It isn’t really you he derides. It’s himself.
Continue reading The Psychology of the Twitter Egg Troll
“If you’re the kind of person who believes everything written on Wikipedia (and even TV/radio organisations seem to regard Wiki as fact these days), there’s no point in you reading this.
Continue reading Twitter’s REAL Hashtag Pioneers