Twitter parody accounts are a lot of fun. The first one I remember seeing was, "Fake Steve Jobs". Unfortunately, that account was removed for not being "parody" enough. Maybe because the handle was @ceoSteveJobs and people often got them confused. On the bright side, there were a thousand other parody accounts to take it's place.
All of these are popular in their own right, but arguably most successful Twitter parody accounts of all time is @Horse_eBooks.
@Horse_eBooks is an account that initially started to promote eBooks. Yes, we used to call them eBooks. According to the @Horse_eBooks Wikipedia page, it became famous because it would often tweet out blurbs of eBooks that were totally out of context and utterly rediculous. Legend has it that this was to avoid spam detection, not to be funny.
So funny, in fact, that it garnered a following of over 200K and was eventually acquired for an undisclosed sum.
Over the next few months, we worked on and off as time allowed, pouring over enormous sets of Twitter data, performing different analysis, and leveraging machines wherever we could to do the work for us.
In August of 2018, we gave a talk at JSConf US talking about some of our work. In this talk, we deliberately do not reveal our answer at the end.
Some months later, we assembled our data into a site, got permission from our suspect to release our information, and today we are releasing https://whoishorsejs.com. This is the story of our adventure into solving a real-life "who done it". It was a lot harder than we thought it would be and I have a new found respect for those who solve crimes professionally. New tools like machine learning can crunch massive amounts of data and can solve problems even when we aren't sure what the alorithm to solve that problem is.
But can it solve this problem?
This is what we found...