In this blog post, we explain what user identification numbers (IDs) are and what the importance of user IDs are for investigations on social media. We will show how to find IDs of users on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we will explain how you can convert user IDs back to user accounts.
What are user identification numbers (ID’s)?
Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram use user identification numbers (ID’s) to store user profiles in their databases. Such identification numbers or ID’s cannot be traced back to real persons, but they are linked to profiles of users on the platforms. In addition to profiles, pages, locations, groups and events can also have identification numbers, as is the case with Facebook. It is important to remember that identification numbers are unique and cannot be changed. Thus, an ID can only be associated with one user and this user cannot change his or her ID.
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