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Why you may want to protect your Twitter updates

Stephen O’Grady talks about the risks of using Twitter to publish personal information:

But for the majority of us, I always thought the costs of keeping everything under lock and key far outweighed the benefits. Now, however, I am being forced to reconsider that view. Because, as John Simonds reports (not to rag on John here, he’s just the messenger), one or more of the professional communities I interact and work with may use the tool to form an impression of me.

It’s not obvious to me that this impression would be anything less than professional. I’m generally not Twittering after a night on the town, every other word is not something that would be considered unprintable, and I’m not posting the intimate details of my day to day existence. But I need to consider it, still, because as I’ve discussed in the past, Twitter is a personal tool for me first, professional tool second. A distant second.

I think this is why we’re seeing more people with two Twitter accounts, a public persona and a private one that they share with friends. I haven’t gone that route, however, I will say that my Twitter feed is currently protected.

(This reminds me that I need to write that post I’ve been meaning to about the value I see in Twitter in general.)

1 Comment

  1. This seems regressive.

    Yes Twitter worked better when it was small, private and intimate. They never built the tools to support that as they grew. And thats a fine argument for forking your Twitter stream.

    But this argument that people might judge you and find you wanting based on your public Twittering is so 5 years ago.

    I pray that my blog and my Twitter stream work as a high pass bozo filter.

    Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be working.

    I’ve considered making my streams more offensive (or explicitly political in my case), but then I’d just attract a different crowd of bozos, rather then the crowd I deserve.

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