Yesterday, I was messing around with some online tools to identify social media profiles and came across Followerwonk, a tool created by the folks over at Moz to analyze Twitter followers. They have a tool where you can search Twitter bios by their “real name” or by keywords in the bio.
It’s quite a handy tool, and it turned out to be fruitful for a case that I was working on because I found a few Twitter profiles for a person I was looking into.
As I often like to do, I like to test out these tools on myself. So I tested it out on my own name and found my profile (@b_willingham), but to my surprise, I found a second profile for Brian Willingham with my old profile photos and my personal bio. This profile had 64 tweets and 12 followers. But as I looked into the profile more carefully, I saw that the spelling of the handle was off by a letter (@b_willingahm instead of @b_willingham), and the location is listed as Pico Rivera, California. The other Brian Willingham retweeted on topics ranging from Brexit to Tommy Hilfiger, Donald Trump and English soccer.
I probably …read more