Any way of finding out who owns or is behind a Twitter account?

almost 3 years ago

Got a question. How do you find out someone's contact details from an anonymous Twitter alias? Is it even possible?

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almost 3 years ago

tl;dr: Not really, no. 

The best you can get is the account's time zone and creation date. You can review their posts for clues - posting via an app, or from a location. The usual detective work: cross-reference their name, images, location, writing style, other known details, see what comes up.

You could also try getting them to click on a link sent via DM (a unique link only they would have, so you know clicks come from them), directing them to a site or redirect service under your control. At the very least you could get a basic fingerprint from that - IP address and user agent, probably more (browser, OS, javascript environment details, screen size -> browser+os+screen size gives a great idea what device they are using).

Of course, that relies on them being sloppy - no guarantee they'll view your DM or click it - and unless you have a good hunch who the person is, the information you gain may not be that helpful.

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almost 3 years ago

There are a few thigns you can do that might provide some info.

Obviously tools like conectifier, conect 6, 360social, PG, Leaf, Riffle will provide some information and maybe even show you other sites thay re on that might provide more.

In adddition do a google search on their twitter username, also you can put their user name into nakechk and see were else it is being used and go there and see what info is there and were it leads you.

There is a good possiblity their user name also has an email attached to it so use it with the top 24 email progeram ie comcast.net, hotmail.com, etc and then test them and see if any work or put them into a google email and use Vibe to see which one brings back info.

For all the above it means beign a detective and following the crumbs to the end.

There are other ways but you need to be really tech savy, programmer level to do them.

 

 

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almost 3 years ago

Shhhh... You're talking like a hacker Dave...

Dave and Dean are right. I'd add Prophet to the list of extensions that can help (shameless plug). The real answer, which Dave eluded to is, it depends. It depends on how much effort the person behind the account is putting in to stay private. Services like the ones mentioned, including Full Conact, 360Social and Prophet use a combination of techniques which rely on the idea that one account (twitter) is connected to others (gmail/g+, facebook etc) from there it's just a matter of finding the connections and this can be done in several ways. If, on the other hand, you are optimizing for privact and you are very very carfeful about how you create a Twitter account, and very careful about how you use it can be difficult.

There are APIs which will match an email with a Facebook, G+ or LinkedIn, some are even free, provided by the networks. I don't know of one with Twitter. So you're relying on the idea that somewhere there is information connecting something (email, phone, name, other social account) with that Twitter account. If I was working on it manually for a random Twitter, I'd first check Klout since they have decent info on quite a few Twitter handles. If you can find any other accounts associated, you're more than half way there, you can  usually turn a G+ or Facebook into an email account.

Which Twitter account are you trying to reveal? Sound like a fun sourcing challenge for the group

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about 2 years ago

Do you think you guys could try and help me out with an account that's caused a lot of people pain 

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almost 3 years ago

Services like fullcontact and Vibe can help you narrow down who owns a twitter account.

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almost 3 years ago

What Dean said, lots of people use the same nickname for a twitter handle and in lots of other places. You can also sometimes glean clues from what lists they're on.

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over 2 years ago

Good Trick  - Avid twitter users usually create an email account that's the same as there twitter username.

i.e. My @kidderupdates handle is my gmail email -> kidderupdates@gmail.com