I promised myself I wasn’t going to blog again so soon after finishing an epic series on the role of digital during the first week of the election campaign. Then, just before packing it in for the night, I discovered some trouble brewing in the digital version of my consituency.

A tweet was published on what appears to be a fake account for Ottawa Centre Conservative candidate Damian Konstantinakos.

EZ 4 #Lib & #NDP coalitionistes 2 appeal 2 lazy govt workrs; real workrs suport #CPC govt. http://bit.ly/eVR4GE #OttCentre #elxn41 #cdnpoli

The tweet is making the rounds, reaching Toronto Star reporter Susan Delacourt and drawing fire from Ottawa Centre Liberal candidate Scott Bradley.

As it turns out, the tweet was issued on the Twitter account @DKonstantinakos. The actual account for the candidate is @VoteDamianCPC.

Other recent tweets from the fake (potentially libelous) account include…


Candidates need to make sure they monitor for appearances of their name on the Internet. It’s called vanity searching. It’s okay. Everyone does it. People in the public eye need to. The goal is to know who is talking about you and what they’re saying. It may be that you will want to join the conversation or respond to what someone else is saying.

In the process, you may discover that you are being impersonated somewhere on the web. Most social networking services have a policy against this and will help you take action. In fact they have many policies to protect their users and they are usually quite responsive if you need to protect yourself (Andrea and I have been harassed and stalked online and have first hand experience getting our problems addressed).

Twitter’s impersonation policy can be found here. A list of violations and ways in which to protect yourself can be found here.