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I am @FanSince09, a twitter user who helped to to solve a recent assault case in Philadelphia.

Sep 25th 2014 by FanSince09 • 35 Questions • 1649 Points

I'm @fansince09, a philadelphia sports account that has recently been in national news for using social media crowdsourcing and facebook graph to help police to identify the suspects in a recent assault on a gay couple in Philadelphia.

http://gawker.com/philly-hate-crime-suspects-tracked-down-by-anonymous-tw-1635661609

I'm happy to answer any questions about the process.

Thanks for the questions. I'll continue to check throughout the day, but feel free to keep asking me whatever you'd like on twitter dot com. We have fun on the internet.

https://twitter.com/FanSince09/status/515133950289649664

Q:

Who were you a fan of before 09?

A:

Red Sox from 2004-2008


Q:

Why is the Philadelphia Media being such assholes about demanding your name? Like what reasoning have they given you?

A:

The Philadelphia Media has actually been great with respecting my anonymity. The issue I'm currently having is one newspaper trying to use "policy." They don't reflect my media experience as a whole, which has generally been awesome.


Q:

is it true that you were scared of doing interviews because you didn't want your boss to find out you use twitter at work?

A:

Among other things.


Q:

Are you getting a bunch more mentions from people who don't "get" your brand of humor since you became mega-famous?

A:

Yes, I'm getting tweets from 2011 brought up as like "HOW CAN YOU TALK ABOUT HATE CRIMES AND SAY THIS" because so many people are dumb af smh


Q:

Do you enjoy wearing hats? Asking for a friend. Thx.

A:

Wearing a hat constantly can cause baldness.


Q:

Yo ock, have you heard from the restaurateur who offered a reward for good PR and then mysteriously seemed to fall off the face of the earth?

A:

My agent has spoken to him, so hopefully we can get things cleared up. The PPD has told me that it's always tricky with rewards.


Q:

these people are scum and deserve to be punished so why are people mad at you for doing this?

A:

Because these are "good kids from good families" apparently.


Q:

i can tell the girl is such an awesome person from her twitter account

A:

I like how the hospital just suspended her. Why was nobody paying attention to her tweeting as herself using her real name and photo and committing HIPAA violations? They need a social media policy there.


Q:

If you had a Nationals Fan and a gay-basher in the same room and you only had one bullet, who would you shoot?

A:

I'd shoot out of the window and hope I hit a Braves fan.


Q:

Rumor has it that your agent is the best in the business. Can you enlighten us as to why that is?

A:

I'd say it's because he has more time on his hands than he's used to.


Q:

Why do you remain anonymous?

A:

Short answer: I tweet at work.

Long answer: I've had a lot of people following me for years who have really just accepted the anonymity and don't want to know who it is. I think revealing myself would be a let down and essentially ruin the account that I really enjoy running.


Q:

Hey it's coal. You did a great thing for my people. I was wondering if you still dislike me? Hopefully this heroic deed has changed your stance. If so, I'll send you a jersey to Evan Mathis. - #35 Coal Hammels

A:

You cost us a ring.


Q:

Hey Fan, been following you for a little while now but not long enough to get all of the inside humor. Care to explain the story behind Felony Fraud to me?

A:

Follow @Free_AEC, that's the guy who does that. You can also google the name Allan ECarlson for more info about his history with the Phillies


Q:

Any truth to the rumor that your story will be turned into a movie? If so, who would play you!?

A:

Tough questions because I'd want it to be someone who could do a decent Philly accent. Movies always turn the Philly accent into either "kinda Boston" or "kinda New York." I bet Daniel Day Lewis could really nail the Philly O.


Q:

Where did you get the Bane mask?

A:

Spent way too much on it on Amazon then painted it with spray paint and destroyed it, so I had to buy another one and use a different paint.


Q:

Do you plan on using your awesome Internet detective skills to solve more crimes?

Also, I enjoy your Twitter, politics and all. Subbed!

A:

Again, this was real easy to do. People are sending me cases and I'll RT them and try to get information but really, these people left an insanely stupid trail.


Q:

How far along was Philly PD in identifying the suspects before your tip?

A:

I don't have any way of knowing that but I'm assuming that once that video was posted they were slammed with tips.


Q:

In addition to your FS09 persona, do you also tweet under a different account as a "known" person? Or are you 100% incognito all the time on Twitter?

A:

Yeah I have a personal account that I use occasionally along with 4-5 dumb joke accounts i started and got sick of.


Q:

Do you know @zoowithroy in real life?

A:

As well as anyone can know a cartoon penguin in real life, yes.


Q:

Is it true one of the reason you were so motivated to find these horrible people was due to their fashion sense? I noticed they were wearing birkenstocks instead of the preferred Nike SB's or J's.

A:

The dude in the salmon vest wasn't charged with anything but he was the key to everything. I guess the moral of this story is don't wear a salmon vest because it may get your friends arrested.


Q:

What's your favorite running RT? The "fuck Meech" ones are always good.

A:

The Grandma RTs. I really try not to overdo those. Also "Ellen The Generous" and "Loose My Mine" are constantly gold.

Meech is lightskin AF tho.


Q:

The hatters say that your a trader but I say hero. Their the ones loosing because your a blessing in the skies. My compliments may fall on death ears and those drug attics will say I am putting you on a pedal stool but you minus well cease the day and continue the heroic performents with a positive aditude. It gives me piece of mind that you cease the day knowing love concurs all in this doggy dog world. This is a question so the bot won't delete it?

A:

for all intensive purposes, sometimes i want to loose my mine over it all


Q:

What is the best way we can support the two victims of this hate crime? Are there any fundraisers we can donate to that would help with medical/legal bills?

A:

The victims' names aren't out there and they haven't really given any statements about fundraising. This is something I'm working on finding out and should have some info in a few days.


Q:

How do you like you flaming young cooked, Ock?

A:

medium whale


Q:

How soon should Kyle Kendrick go on the Phillies' Wall of Fame?

A:

How quickly can we make a plack?


Q:

Have you ever caught yourself talking FS09 in non-internet conversations? Has anyone who didn't know your identity already ever rumbled you?

A:

This happens daily. Also my mom has been calling me a lot asking me to explain my tweets which almost makes me wish I didn't do anything.


Q:

Coal Hammels traded, no longer be incel or Couch Paterno comes back from the dead ?

You can only choose one Steve.. GO !

A:

Hammels traded because the people of Philadelphia need to finally see a successful baseball team. There are 4 year old kids who have no idea what a winning record is like.


Q:

If it wasn't for your job, would you still be anonymous?

A:

Probably. I feel like that's the nature of the account but I'd probably at least consider doing non-blacked out interviews.


Q:

What would the title of your movie be called? May I suggest "FanSince09: Are True Hero".

A:

Versing Hatred: The FanSince09 Jawn.


Q:

who was your favorite twitter shoutout during all of this? gotta say rosie odonnell is my choice

A:

Rosie and Dan Savage. Rosie wins though because she actually follows me, which is great. Hopefully I can find some way to be on The View.


Q:

I want to say Thank You for all the work you did in identifying these scumbags.

Do you think them being Upper Class white kids one of whom is the daughter of a police chief will effect the sentencing of these kids?

A:

I hope not, it depends on anyone on a jury buying the "These are good kids" defense, and that full throttle PR assault is coming.


Q:

J.A. Happ for Bum Clown, J-Stroll and Coal Hammels. WHO SAYS NO?

A:

We probably need to throw in a few minor leaugers


Q:

Have you received any threats from the families of the "good people" involved in the assault? I know you're dealing with some assholes on twitter, but the people involved seem to have money/connections and that would be a little scary for me.

A:

Threats, no. Being mildly annoyed by them on twitter? Yes.

I don't think I've done anything that people can really come after me about. I haven't tweeted any names out and I feel like I've been very careful with this. The only name that was out there prior to arrest was released by his former employer and his supporters... and this wasn't even someone who's name I mentioned to the police.


Q:

First off, awesome job with all the detective work. A lot of people would probably see that and look the other way or ignore it... you're the freakin man for doing what you could.

On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the worst, how much to you hate New Jersey?

A:

I don't think people would ignore it. This was actually, despite all the attention, really easy to do. Social Media's making it easier to help, and having an active police department on twitter eliminated the power system and the uncomfortableness of working with police. I think we'll see more of this, I just hope it's done responsibly.


Q:

How do you defend your actions against allegations of snitching on your mans?

A:

None of these kids were my mans so it's OK and Couch Paterno rests easy.