Fake, Snoopy, Kitty and Duplicate Social Media Profiles

As a data quality practitioner I have never been in doubt that when it is said that FaceBook has 900 million profiles, that doesn’t mean that 900 million people have a Facebook profile.

Some people have more than one profile. Some people who had a profile are not among us anymore. As reported by BBC in the article Facebook ‘likes’ and adverts’ value doubted, some profiles are fake resulting in FaceBook earning real money that should have been fake money.

Even some profiles are not really fake but serves other purposes like a snoopbook account created to reveal fraud.

And then some profiles belongs to (the owners of) real cats, as reported by James Standen in a comment to my post called Out of Facebook.

On another social media platform, Twitter, I am guilty of having 5 profiles. Besides my real account hlsdk I have created hldsk, hsldk and hlsdq, so I have been able to thank people mentioning me with a wrong spelled handle. And then there is my female side: MissDqPiggy.

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3 thoughts on “Fake, Snoopy, Kitty and Duplicate Social Media Profiles

  1. Prashanta C 18th July 2012 / 02:31

    MissDqPiggy!? Hilarious…

    Confession.. I ended up creating 3 more dummy profiles on facebook couple of years ago (Simply because of a madness of playing a game called Farmville where I had to help my better half acquire additional farm land). Creepy reasons like this for everyone and you have millions of profiles… 🙂

    Great post…

  2. Henrik Liliendahl Sørensen 18th July 2012 / 21:01

    Thanks Philippe and Prash. Surely social networks have some of the data quality issues we know from customer tables and other contact master data files.

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