Posted August 06, 2018 08:04:56 It’s been a wild ride.
On a hot summer afternoon in September, a group called Bek Communications got together and decided to help their fellow countrymen out.
In the weeks since, they’ve spent their days monitoring and managing the flow of information about each other’s social media accounts and sharing the results with each other, all in the name of “friendship”.
Bek Communications CEO and founder David Smith said the idea was simple: “If you’re going to have a good time on social media, you should be able to communicate with other people, too”.
The group spent their spare time chatting with their friends on Facebook and Instagram.
“We wanted to show how we could help others who have been affected by this viral phenomenon,” Mr Smith said.
“A lot of people are now aware that they are having to hide their identities and their tweets from others, so why not try to be as transparent as possible?”
The group was able to identify a number of people who had been tweeting about their experiences.
It started with a series of “unmaskings” by users who had tweeted about their own experiences.
The next step was a series the group took to uncover more information about what had happened to the people they had identified, which led them to uncover that the “unidentified” people had actually been members of Bek’s network.
This revealed that the real people behind the tweets were actually Bek communications staff, and that they had also been communicating with the “unknown” Twitter users.
“In the end we were able to uncover a lot of data about the people we had identified.
We got the identities of people we thought were in the picture, and then we went through their social media profiles to find out who was actually behind the photos they were tweeting about,” Mr, Smith said, adding that the data they had provided was “truly amazing”.”
If we were in a place where we were trying to figure out who we were, we would’ve been out of our minds.”
The group went on to uncover other details about the identities behind the Tweets, such as the Twitter handle of one person they were able identify.
“If you are not the person in the photograph, you know you have a problem,” Mr. Smith said of that person.
The group then shared their findings with the ABC’s 7.30 program.
“So we were then able to find that person who we thought was in the photo, and he was actually a member of the Bek team.”
And they were actually sending photos of themselves and posting them on their social network, and they were sending us the same photos.
“The information they had collected showed that the photos were being sent from Bek to a number and address in Melbourne, and were being distributed by a Twitter account called @SydneyPuncher.”
When the photos got out on Twitter, we got a lot more information, including their full names, and we were pretty happy,” Mr and Ms Smith said during the 7.31 program.
After this, they were contacted by the ABC and they took the photos down.”
I think that was the most fun part of the whole experience,” Mr & Ms Smith shared.”
It was actually really inspiring to see the pictures get so much attention.
“While the photos may be of a very personal nature, Mr & Mr Smith’s experience is not unique.”
There are many other people out there who are just trying to get a good buzz going with the internet,” Mr Prentice said.
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