I have noticed over the last few years that sometimes people post things on social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, blogs, etc.) that end up making it into the news and sometimes become a media sensation. I don't pay attention to most of this stuff but it seems like a lot of the times, the person who posts a comment or video (or whatever) that garners the attention ends up being identified in the news. In the case of Youtube or blogs, where the person may be using a screen name, how do they become identified in the news? As an example, let's say that I create an anonymous blog using a pen name, and something I post becomes a media sensation. How would reporters find out my real name if I used a pen name and had created and signed up with an email address that was only used with that blog? I thought ISP records could only be obtained through a court order, so there should be no way a reporter could get my info. And unless I broke a law and was being investigated, no one should be accessing the ISP records. Do reporters contact the people and ask for their name? Maybe we only hear about the ones that want their name revealed?