[Air-L] Anonymizing Twitter handles

Michael T Zimmer zimmerm at uwm.edu
Thu Apr 13 20:19:57 PDT 2017

Frankly, I don’t see much value in anonymizing the Twitter handle if you will be publishing the original content of the tweet, which I could search and identify the source with minimal effort.


Michael Zimmer, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Information Studies
Director, Center for Information Policy Research
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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> On Apr 13, 2017, at 10:11 PM, Ye Na Lee <jpt2007 at berkeley.edu> wrote:
> Dear subscribers to Association of Internet Researchers,
> I am currently going through IRB process for a research on Twitter data and
> I was told to anonymize Twitter handles completely. Are there any online
> programs with which I could anonymize usernames? I don`t think I should
> create fake Twitter handles for every single tweet that I quote on my
> paper. I`d really appreciate any suggestions on anonymizing Twitter
> handles!
> Thank you in advance!
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