Agree, @NHDaveH! This was a creepy experience. On #DFMchat on Tweetchat today, somebody created an account that looked exactly like Ivan’s account. They spelled his first name with a lowercase “l” instead of an uppercase “I” and then copied all of his pictures so as to impersonate him. Then on the chat, this person started posting numerous stupid off topic comments in order to confuse and derail the conversation.
apparently even if you block a user #tweetchat still shows their posts. Sad. #dfmchat -12:37 PM Feb 8th, 2012
REAL IVAN (note lowercase name):
Q3. Tell Sky News: Why is it OK to retweet information posted by others on Twitter? #DFMChat -12:30 PM Feb 8th, 2012
FAKE MALICIOUS IMPERSONATOR:
I could go for some tacos right now. Nice crispy shell! BEEF! Chez! #DFMChat #TacoChat -12:28 PM Feb 8th, 2012
I think I changed my mind. No pizza. TACOS!!! #DFMChat #TacoChat -12:28 PM Feb 8th, 2012
I’ve actually never encountered someone doing something nasty online before, though I know it happens often. I remember my kids complaining about the nasty stuff people sometimes did on web-based computer games. My account was hacked once, but it was used for advertising, not for just being a disruptive jerk.
Finally, after the chat participants figured out the account was using a lower case L, and after a number of people wrote in to complain, the account was blocked.