Who’s reading my tweets?
This may sound really silly, but today, I received an email from an old friend that made me think a lot about my online habits. My friend’s email curiously demonstrated that he knew a lot about what I’ve been up to lately. So, curious as I am, I asked how he knew about so many things that I was quiet sure I had not told him. His answer was simple, he had been reading my tweets.
Although he is not a twitter user, and swears he would never take part in such activity, and hence couldn’t possibly be following me on twitter, he can still check my updates by simply looking me up. Somehow that really made me think and realize that the information I put on there truly is public.
It’s not that it bothered me that he knew what he knew because of my tweets, after all I never tweet anything I feel is too personal or that I believe is a big secret to the world around me, precisely because I think that not all information is apt for the entire world to know. I just never expected him to know!
I realize that by tweeting I am indeed opening myself to informing people a lot about me and I’m letting people who I may or may not want to inform of my activities, know my activities. It had simply never occurred to me that a person who emails solely because it’s a necessity at work, such as he, would ever find me on twitter. It also made me realize I really don’t ever truly know who reads my tweets.
Tan, tan, tan…
Don’t get me wrong, I love twitter and all the truly valuable information I gain from it, but it’s still a bit creepy to think that your information is out there, anywhere, everywhere for anyone to see, even to people you don’t expect it is. I always felt fine about practically publishing my life, and I still do for all intent and purposes. But, I guess now that I got confirmation that people I didn’t think were reading about me are I realized that it is public…
Do you know who is reading your tweets?
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