Who are: @frosty_snow, @geoff_bronson, @gavin_henderson, @peter_bently?

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This morning I took a quick look at what people were saying on the UK Election Social Media Dashboard.

I noticed a few spikes on Twitter for George Osborne. This was strange. Osborne hasn’t figured particularly highly so far, and when he has, it’s been associated with spikes for his contemporaries Darling and Cable.

So I took a look. And, even though I’m fairly apolitical – believe me, I’m more interested in the geekery than the politics here – I’m quite dismayed by what I think I’ve found.

I noticed that there were quite a few tweets referencing old news about Osborne – his inheritance, his expenses, and so on. So I looked at who was tweeting this. And there are four Twitter accounts that have been very recently set up, that have no weblinks, that all seem to be essentially spreading muck about him online.

I’m not one for conspiracy theories but this looks pretty dodgy to me. If I didn’t know better I’d say that someone, somewhere, is coordinating an attempt to discredit Osborne by setting up Twitter accounts to try and spread negative messaging.

Of course, I could be wrong. In which case maybe we should give @frosty_snow, @geoff_bronson, @gavin_henderson and @peter_bently the benefit of the doubt. Here’s an idea: why don’t you go and check them out and see what you think?

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4 thoughts on “Who are: @frosty_snow, @geoff_bronson, @gavin_henderson, @peter_bently?

  1. Well, what do you know – none of the accounts seem to exist any more.

    This is An Odd Thing. Were they:
    * blocked by Twitter?
    * deleted by the users because people seemed to be catching on?
    * deleted by the users in a sort of guerrilla tactic – open account, flood with comments, close account, move on, repeat?

    Like I say, it’s oddddd. I’ll be watching out for this kind of thing in future. Shows how important it is to monitor for good, bad, and downright ugly.

  2. That was quite an observation by you Brendan. I personally visited one of the twitter accounts and it says, ‘the page does not exist’. I guess, the page must have been deleted once the purpose of setting up the same was established. It is quite fishy.

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