In the light of this story, I thought I’d put together a short Twitter guide for bullies and those who think they really are anonymous and can say what they want on Twitter.
Lesson 1: Never manage multiple Twitter accounts from the same app. Yeah, I know, you’re not stupid enough to tweet from the wrong account, are you?
Lesson 2: Do not use someone else’s photo, a fake name, a fake bio or any combination of all three.
Lesson 3: Don’t bully people. When the cloak of anonymity falls, you really won’t feel quite so brave anymore.
Lesson 4: If you fail to follow lessons 1 – 3 for any length of time, you will be unmasked. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. You’re cleverer than everyone else. It’s impossible. Read on…
Lesson 5: When it does happen to you, as it surely will, you will probably do what every brave, anonymous, bullying Twitter user has always done. You’ll delete your account. As fast as possible. After all, if you can’t see it, no-one else can, right? Well, no…
Lesson 6: If you’re a bully, many Twitter users will go that extra mile to watch you. They’ll download everything you publish on an ongoing basis. You know, just in case. Remember that – before you click publish. Plus, there are a number of ways to still see a deleted account. But, you know all that, don’t you? After all, you’re a Twitter rockstar.
Lesson 7: Don’t libel people.
Lesson 8: Chances are, if you’ve ignored lessons 1 – 7, you’ve already libelled someone by this point. If you have, then it really is game over for you:
You may think you’re anonymous, but more often than you realise, you can be found – both technically and legally. Locating people via IP addresses etc is possible, and though the use of a legal mechanism called a ‘Norwich Pharmacal Order’ an information service provider such as Twitter can be ordered to provide what details it has about you. link
Lastly, if you are bullied or threatened by an anonymous Twitter account; why oh why would you ever want to engage with the person wearing the mask?