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Blowing Twitters out of proportion

Posted in Online Privacy and Reputation Management, Technology, Twitter by engtech on April 18, 2007

StumbleUpon and Tumblr are both interesting forms of micro-blogging, but I’ve been getting more into Twitter. Twitter lets me surf other people’s streams of thought (like a super micro-blog-lite with 140 characters or less per entry). You view all of the your friends/contacts “tweets” as a stream. What’s funny is when completely unrelated tweets can appear connected because of the random positioning of technology.

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Just saw this little Twitter zombie mash-up on my screen from Anil Dash and a story-by-twitter account. Two people who don’t know each other forming a conversation for only me to see.

Of course, Twitter has it’s dark side as Steve Rubel of Edelman recently found out. Tim Nash’s excellent post about reputation management had me thinking that perhaps it was time to start merging my personal blog into my professional life. But Mr. Rubel has now reminded me of my initial thoughts of Twitter:

Like all public web communication people will lose their jobs and destroy relationships over Twitter before they realize that it’s all public, it’s all archived, and it’s all searchable.

All of us involved in the internet self-publishing craze can do well to remember that the technology distorts the context of our messages (not to mention how any communication is open to interpretation). It’s impossible to self-monitor all of the information we’re putting out there without turning into a Luddite that uses the web like a television, read-only. All we can do is try to avoid the stupidity of posting a sex tape on MySpace and be prepared for when one moments communication can be blown out of proportion down the road.

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  1. Hardono Arifanto said, on April 18, 2007 at 6:41 am

    It would be suicidal for posting “My job sucks”, during office hours, and on Twitter.

    I remember your discussion about people losing jobs because of blogging. Sooner or later, I bet twittering will cause the same effect.

  2. Michael Sync said, on April 18, 2007 at 8:13 am

    Just wanna inform you one thing.
    “How to guides” and “Resume Resources” in the Categories of your blog are not working. I guess, maybe. cuz of whitespace..

  3. engtech said, on April 18, 2007 at 8:46 am

    @michael: Thanks!

  4. [...] twitter is just like blogging. Well, they call Twittering as micro-blogging. You’re posting some info about the things you’re [...]


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