We have mentioned before that Twitter will send every tweet to the National Archives and the Library of Congress, so watch what you tweet.
...In the early days, people were tweeting, uploading pictures with geocodes, doing location check ins. Many felt like they were just sharing all this information with a small group of people.
But these tweets leave behind clues that tell bad guys, potential employers, people you might date, people you might want to forget a lot about you.
What you may not realize is, that all Twitter accounts are searchable. To test it on yourself and loved ones, try a tool like Topsy http://topsy.com/
Tips to Stay Safe:
1. Tweet about a location AFTER you leave
2. Think about the tweets you do, do they show a pattern of behavior that puts you in the best light for those that don’t know you? do they provide patterns that you would not want a bad guy to see?
3. If you post photos make sure geocodes are turned off unless you like someone tracking your digital tracks.
Here are a few of the Twitter search tools out there:
- Check out the tool Topsy at http://topsy.com
- You can search for links that have been posted using Backtweets: http://backtweets.com
- If you want to look for local tweeps that leave their location information turned on, check out Nearby Tweets: http://nearbytweets.com
- If you want to see what tweets are the most popular, try searching on Tweetmeme: http://tweetmeme.com
- Anyone that wants to track tweets by a specific location, including one on a Google Map, try Areaface: http://www.areaface.com
In general, disclose as little about yourself online as you possibly can. And a little misinformation always helps too.