Mistaken digital identity creates interesting encounters

(NEWS CENTER) -- With Twitter handles and cryptic screen names, it can be tricky to know who is exactly who in the digital world. Mistaken digital identities is a frequent problem for those with similar or the same name. NEWS CENTER's Lee Nelson has been in the middle of a mistaken identity situation that became nasty.

There's Lee Nelson, a British comedian who's Twitter handle is @RealLeeNelson. Then, there's NEWS CENTER's Lee, whose handle is @anchordude.

"I have quite a few British followers on Twitter. I finally realized it's because of the comedian," said anchor Lee Nelson.

Over the weekend of May 30, NEWS CENTER's Lee Nelson received some angry tweets with profane language. Apparently, the comedian had been arrested after allegedly pretending to be a member of England's World Cup team and trying to board a flight with the team. Fans were showing outrage toward Lee Nelson, but were tweeting at the wrong one.

Another example of mistaken identity is with Edward Snowden. The @EdwardSnowden on Twitter isn't the NSA-Hacker Snowden. However, people often tweet at him talking about the infamous NSA Snowden.

Brands also have problems on Twitter. @Kraft is not @KraftFoods and @Chipotle is not the burrito eatery, that's @ChipotleTweets. @Kraft, Brandon Kraft, joined Twitter in October 2007 in the early days and was able to secure the handle. Kraft Foods didn't join until September 2009. Brandon Kraft frequently gets people tagging him tweeting about everything from their love of macaroni and cheese to a Kraft Foods recall.

Before tagging someone in a tweet, read their bio and look for a blue verified check mark. The check mark means the user is legitimate and Twitter is verifying they are who they say they are. Official celebrity accounts will have the blue check mark.


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