"On Twitter usernames with lots of numbers" by @darius
This feels like half of a a change intended to mimic facebook, and then they just didn't do the other half.
@flugennock The point of my article is that it's not actually a very good criterion for reporting an account as fake, at least on its own! I agree that if all the things you list are true then it's worth some side-eye.
As I mentioned... a string of numerals in the username is only one of several criteria I use, along with the bio, avi, follower count and join date.
@impotus @Gargron @darius
Not by that criterion alone, but it does make me want to dig further to check your account out — join date, avi, bio, masthead art, number of tweets, number of followers, and a look at your feed to see what else you've posted.
Nearly a decade on Twitter has taught me to be ruthless in that regard, for my own protection.
@flugennock Okay but... they're really not? That's what I try to show in my article. They are a sure sign of someone who is not very social media savvy being led astray by Twitter's weird/bad UI choices. It's not their fault.
I understand that; I've read it.
The sad reality these days, however, is that a bunch of numerals in the username is one of many signs of a bot/troll/fake account. Along with that and other criteria, I also take a look at their feed, just to make sure.
I haven't gone wrong yet.
Better safe than sorry.
Like I know finding unique usernames on the internet is getting increasingly difficult, but this doesn’t feel like its actually solving that problem—if anything restricting people to the FirstLast12345 format is reducing the total number of learnable usernames
No i'm not speaking of that but you yourself keeping the funk alive by speaking in idioms.
Satshumans >/Sats-human>/Sat-Shuma>/Sats-Uma etc etc
Play on words, play on phonetics, play on letters
@Gargron seems like a silent move towards a facebook-based logic, in which we are not freely invented characters, but version of ourselves in such environment. I remember when our username was displayed rather than our names, and when they switched it (also silently) they were possibly beginning such move.
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