I just found out that someone set up at least two accounts on Twitter impersonating my name, images and usernames which are a mispell of my official one. I first noticed these two profiles when I searched my domain via Google and came across a site called Veooz, finding a posted tweet I never posted:
Which lead me to two profiles: @tiawoodocm and @tiawoodmoc that ripped off my name, photo, everything except posting tweets that obviously weren’t me.
I am still searching for others.
The kicker is I can’t figure out why they did it. I don’t have a massive Twitter following. My blog has decent traffic but it’s not Tech Crunch. They weren’t tweeting links so it doesn’t look like spam. Maybe it was a spam in the making? Who knows.
I have the following tips so you can do your own search:
Looking for Social Account Impersonation
- search for misspellings of your username in the browser and twitter search
- use twitter search and search for part of your profile description in quotes
- search for your profile description in quotes on google
- use google images and perform an image search (click the camera icon next to the search box here and enter the url or upload your profile image)
- Go to Google and search for your username or website (or anything else that is part of your profile) in quotes. Then select “Search Tools” from the tabs at the top and select “Past Month” or “Past Week” from the Any Time drop down menu (which is how I found out about my impersonators).
If you find anything take note of the urls and go to Twitter’s Help Center as they have a special form for impersonations.
I believe you report one account per submission. June 17th, 2014 – Correction, you have to report one account per submission.
Other Impersonation Reporting
Update – 5/28/2014
I received a reply from Twitter asking me to upload my driver’s license to prove my identity.
Since this case involves a domain name as the handle, I also included a screenshot of Whois data plus my business registration for good measure.
In my opinion, the more related documentation you can provide, the better.
Update – 6/17/2014
Twitter has suspended both accounts. Turns out you can only report one account per submission. They also delete your information (driver’s license and any submissions) so you also have to resubmit your driver’s license and any related documentation for each report.