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Issue 209: Null ("Mysteriously Unnamed") / ill-formed users
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Status:  Answered
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Closed:  Mar 2011


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Reported by flip%inf...@gtempaccount.com, Dec 19, 2008
I've run across a few malformed user records that persist (as in, I get the
same strange answer when I ask again days later):
  http://twitter.com/JamesLGreen/followers?page=5
follows with several pages of Mysteriously Unnamed users. All fields are
empty aside from name="Mysteriously Unnamed" and their ID;
/users/show/ID.json on those ids gives '[]'.  Don't know if this an
artifact of the Great Cleansing or not; I have examples back to at least
27th Nov 2008.  Some others:
  http://twitter.com/InsideNews/followers?page=1
  http://twitter.com/johnerik/followers?page=40

There's also a small number of users whose screen_names have characters
outside of /\w/ the alphanumerics+_ --
	482	Mike & Dee
	6474	mohammad.khodadadi1
	3748771	How?1
	5864582	STOP DEACTIVATE1
	6416302	STOP DEACTIVATE9
	6554062	What?4
	6555992	Ellen*1
	6560082	Boo Boo1
	6633282	STOP DEACTIVATE3
	7360992	Who is this?1
	8324882	Hello!!!1
	8621562	jessica_婷婷1
	8733242	ghosting :(1
	8773622	allie*1
	10585392	preeti.parijat
	10605192	robert-jan
        (... a few dozen more)

(I'm not trying to dime out anyone -- all of these people look organic). 
Note that the usernames with embedded '?' break the links on their front page.

None of this is earthshaking or even particularly worth fixing, but I
thought I should let you know.  I can send a longer list with examples of
each if you like.
Dec 23, 2008
#1 alexfpayne@gmail.com
This isn't an API issue per se, so I'm closing it.  Please do send more examples to alex@twitter.com and we'll 
make sure that the root problem is dealt with.
Status: Invalid
Sep 10, 2010
#2 yae...@gmail.com
Is there any update on this issue? I keep getting such responses too (e.g., user_id=34533957, user_id=34405919) in each case the name is set to "Mysteriously Unnamed" and the screen_name is empty. Since I found no way of accessing twitter-profiles by uid I cannot even see who these people are.
Sep 13, 2010
Project Member #3 tmhdefunct@gmail.com
Reopening this as accounts like this still seem to be around.
Status: Acknowledged
Labels: -Priority-Medium Component-REST bigI454
Sep 13, 2010
Project Member #4 tmhdefunct@gmail.com
We've cleaned up these accounts. If you find any more which exhibit this behavior please comment on this issue.

Marking as resolved.
Status: Resolved
Sep 13, 2010
Project Member #5 tmhdefunct@gmail.com
(No comment was entered for this change.)
Labels: -bigI454 bugI454
Oct 1, 2010
#6 jakefoge...@gmail.com
Hello, I found another one:

It was weird so I decided to google "twitter mysteriously unnamed" and I came up with this page.

http://twitter.com/iAlissona4o1n9u/following?page=-1348456829419957407

Hope this is helpful.
Oct 4, 2010
Project Member #7 tmhdefunct@gmail.com
Thanks. I'll pass this onto the team.
Oct 27, 2010
#8 JeffAMc...@gmail.com
User id 34430839 seems to be one of these characters.  His screen name is "", and his real name is "Mysteriously Unnamed".
Nov 5, 2010
#9 jakub.su...@gmail.com
If you look at the list at http://twitter.com/#!/nprincigalli/following, somewhere on the second page there's a contact displayed as "mysteriously unnamed" (with username displaying as empty string, e.g. his followers link leads to http://twitter.com/#!//followers, etc.).
Mar 22, 2011
Project Member #10 tmhdefunct@gmail.com
Setting to answered as Google Code disassociated the status.
Status: Answered
Mar 22, 2011
#11 jakub.su...@gmail.com
Um, the guy I mentioned is still there. Look at http://twitter.com/#!/nprincigalli/following between 'joancbaez' and 'rocha_bruno'. This is his JSON user info: http://api.twitter.com/1/users/show.json?user_id=34167030.
Mar 22, 2011
Project Member #12 tmhdefunct@gmail.com
Hey Jakub,

Thanks for bouncing this. The ticket re-association was done in bulk so I hadn't seen your original reply. I've let the user support team know about this account so they can take the appropriate action.
Labels: -Type-Defect -bugI454 Type-Bug Bug-A428
Oct 10, 2011
#14 anton.au...@gmail.com
User (id) 385683874 is also Mysteriously Unnamed
Oct 28, 2011
#16 afalking...@gmail.com
Hi, hundreds here and more being discovered each day: http://www.whisthis.com/mysteriously_unnamed.php
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