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[–]neolib 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (4 children)

If I wipe my tweet hsitory and change handles, will people, other than those who follow me, be able to discern my prior handle. For example, if I change it from to @ Boston James 54 to @ edgysubstackxyz , will someone be able to find @ edgysubstack if they go to replies to @ Boston James 54?

I think OSINT experts managed to do that (there's some kind of ID number for an account), but I doubt random person can.

[–]Richard_Parker[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Thanks. I may just lock down for a couple weeks then re-emerge.

[–]Richard_Parker[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

one other thing, can average people scrape an account to ascertain the email account used? If I change my incumbent account to anonymous one, how much time before traces of my old email account are still visible, if it is visible?

[–]neolib 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

I think one can't just search for email address to find an X/Twitter account. However there is a related function (which I never used):

If someone has your email address or phone number in their contacts, they may find your account when they upload those contacts to X.

https://help.x.com/en/safety-and-security/email-and-phone-discoverability-settings

It can be switched off in settings here: https://x.com/settings/contacts ("Let people who have your email address find you on X"), I always switch that shit off.

[–]Richard_Parker[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

But If.i change email address can people find my.old address that it was changed from