Take a very close look at the Twitter Profile given below
Now look at THIS PROFILE which I call my profile.
Do you see any difference other than the first profile having my picture, my twitter bio, a wordpress URL that connects to this blog . You might be wondering what am I talking about, because the first profile clearly has my name on it. But there are loads of differences.
Now let’s look at MY PROFILE again. I have 1309 followers, I follow 348 people, I have been listed on 53 lists, have 7057 tweets to my name (I know I tweet a lot and people who follow me know that too) and I go by the name @Soma_G on Twitter. There are some people who know that I am @Soma_G and THIS is MY BLOG .
Something strange happened yesterday (29th of October)
This guy, whose profile screen shot is provided above, (yes this is how his profile looked before all this) who goes by the name of PISHUKEN,on various social networking sites, including Twitter, started following me on Twitter a few days ago and I started to follow him back. Why? Because of the tweets on his profile, they were well written.
Everything was okay till last evening. Last evening I caught him tweeting some of my earlier tweets (that last tweet on top of his profile page is also mine as is the next one , mark the date and time). That as far as tweeting is concerned everyone does, picks up another person’s tweet and tweet it on their profile, but with a prefix RT with the @ Twitter handle of the actual person who had first tweeted the tweet.
(I retweeted his reply with my reply added to his comment as a prefix, a comment which he deleted later). Then he writes to me directly to tell me that he is doing this so that he gets mentioned and gets more followers. He has OBVIOUSLY deleted all those tweets.But here is some interesting read from his profile, after I piled on to him.
and then I noticed this, he had changed his profile picture and he had put a photo of mine as his DP!
Now check the next screen shot :
Look closely, he now has my TWITTER BIO “A keen people watcher, a compulsive listener, a wonderer and a wanderer. These experiences one day will have a hard bound cover with my name etched on top.” as his own Twitter Bio
And it continued to get more and more bizarre, with him mocking me by repeatedly, tweeting my tweets, calling me names, constantly rebuking and mocking me, using abusive language and bragging about lifting tweets from others as his “right”.
I know who he is, I know his name, the educational institution in Bangalore that he was a part of and his propensity to write on subjects related to HR and harassment. But I’m not here to reveal his identity or launch a witch hunt against him online. He has maligned me much (I know where I stand, on a firm ground and walk on solid earth instead of flying in the air like an air-head) but I am not going to spite him just because he has been insulting me. I think he needed to grab eyeballs with some cheap thrill and seek instant celebrity-hood on twitter. But then he should have chosen a celebrity.
Whatever his reasons were for such a “low life loser” behaviour are best known to him. I just want my IDENTITY back.
He has been told that trying to impersonate someone is a non-bailable offence an that the cyber police can actually can invite him to become a guest of the State. Like many others, have often read about cyber squatters and the possibility of identity theft. Little did I realize that I would get to see it from such close quarters. And while some people might believe copying is the most visible form of flattery, I certainly don’t.
If he pays heed to this and takes off my picture, returns my Twitter bio, my blog URL and deletes the tweets he had stolen from me, I will be more than happy. I have already lodged a formal complaint with the Twitter authorities what remains is a mail with all the relevant links and screen shots to the Cyber Police.
Is there any one else out there who is facing such harassment?
Perhaps there is a case here for Twitter, Facebook and other authorities to educate social media enthusiasts on how to deal with such spammers and put an end to such nonsense.