Will your children thank you for everything you have tweeted or posted about them?

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Some interesting points within this:

a.) think before you post;
b.) consider deleting your posts after a while;
c.) once it’s on the Internet, it is very hard to remove it;
d.) but there is something resembling a “right to be forgotten”, which could be exercised if needed;
e.) it’s not just about what you post — what others post about you can also be visible;
f.) so think about what you post about others, not just what opinions or view you tweet;
g.) will your children thank you for everything you have tweeted or posted about them;
h.) not just from the perspective of future employment, but those looking to bully or harass too;
i.) one person’s joke is another’s grave insult. There’s no “right not to be offended”, but how might your tweet be portrayed or interpreted, even if it misunderstands your intention in posting it;
j.) with just 140 characters, posts can be terse, aggressive, or simply lack context. There’s a greater risk of being misunderstood or misinterpreted;
k.) responding is not compulsory: you can just ignore someone. The same rule applies to chuggers. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to engage;
l.) no matter how “clever” the platform, or what privacy or security practices it promises, or if it makes text disappear soon after being read, nothing stops someone taking a photo of the screen;
m.) check spelling. Nothing ruins the polite “I’d like to discuss this with you further” than writing “I’d like to discuss this with your Fuhrer”. Which isn’t likely to happen, admittedly.

Useful advice from Neil.

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  1. There’s a weird part of me that rejects B. I love my stuff on the Internet being there forever. It feels like my stab at immortality. I’ve been updating my blog daily since late 2000 and I can stand by most of it. Of course starting it when I was 26 and not 16 probably helps a lot.

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