In order for Social Evidence to search a public Twitter account (that is, an investigative target account for which you do not have the user’s credentials) and collect the public data, you will need to authenticate a Twitter account to Social Evidence; we use Twitter APIs (Application Programming Interface) to request and collect social media data from Twitter.
You can either use your own personal Twitter account or you can create a new Twitter account specific to this purpose. We recommend a Twitter account with minimum information and no connections, meaning no Tweets, no followers, and not following any other Twitter accounts.
What you’ll need:
- An email address (e.g., email@example.com)
- Basic contact information (Name and email)
- Go to http://twitter.com/signup
- Enter your name, Phone or email, and a password
- Click Advanced options and uncheck both boxes
- Let others find you by your email address
- Let others find you by your phone number
That’s all there is to it. Now you can affiliate this Twitter account with Social Evidence to start searching and collecting publicTwitter social media data.