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How to tweet yourself out of a job

Unless you have locked your updates, your Twitter tweets are public. I shall repeat that – unless you have locked your updates, your Twitter tweets are public. And even if a company or person is not following you they can still pick up your derogatory comments about them, as one person found to their cost.

Many organisations now monitor Twitter as part of their market and competitor intelligence.  Set up  search alerts on your organisation’s name and products and you can see what people are saying about you within a few minutes of their tweets leaving their iPhone, Tweetdeck or whatever.

How to Tweet Your Way Out of a Job recounts the sorry tale of a person who had received a job offer from Cisco. Unfortunately, after hearing the joyful news the potential employee tweeted:

“Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.”

timmylevad from Cisco responded:

“Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.”

There are further details and comments at Careers – Big Brother – How Not to Get a Job Via Twitter but it really is stating the b******g obvious. If your updates are public then anyone can find and view them.  I would go further: even if your Twitter updates are private and you approve people to follow you, when it comes to Twitter you would still be well advised to keep your thoughts to yourself about the merits of future employment. It is all too easy to RT a comment into the public Twitterverse.

Note: RT stands for re-tweet, not Radio Times as I first thought! Caused me no end of confusion when I first saw it.

March 22, 2009 Posted by | Twitter | Comments Off on How to tweet yourself out of a job

Google Docs suffers privacy glitch

Google discovered a “privacy glitch” that inappropriately shared access to a small fraction of word-processing and presentation documents stored on Google Docs.

“We’ve identified and fixed a bug which may have caused you to share some of your documents without your knowledge. This inadvertent sharing was limited to people with whom you, or a collaborator with sharing rights, had previously shared a document,” Google said in a note they sent to affected users.

So the data was not shared with the world at large, only with those with whom you have collaborated in the past.  But that person may have left the company or not have permission to access that particular document. Google estimates that the problem affected only 0.05 percent of documents stored on their service.  Although that might seem a small number, given the increased usage of Google Docs that could represent hundreds of thousands of documents.

This highlights potential security issues of Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing. However, local storage is not necessarily more reliable. There seems to be no end to the list of privacy, security and data protection breaches resulting from stolen or lost laptops, USB sticks and even hardcopy documents left on trains.

March 15, 2009 Posted by | Google Docs, privacy | , , | Comments Off on Google Docs suffers privacy glitch

How to Delete Accounts from Any Website

“I’m sorry.. was not meant to be. We seem to have grown apart over the last few months. It’s not you, it’s me – I’ve moved on. I hope we can still be friends, but perhaps not. It’s good-bye I’m afraid and I hope that you can forget all about me and find someone else….”

If only ending relationships with social and networking sites were that easy.  PC Magazine’s How to Delete Accounts from Any Website takes you through the steps you need to take to delete your stuff from 23 services. You may have thought it was hard enough trying to stop Facebook being your friend but, as many of us have discovered, Google Blogger is in a class of its own:

“This Google-owned blogging service has accounts that can’t be closed. What Blogger does offer are steps to “create the same effect.” First, delete all blogs associated with the account, and remove any personal info from your user profile. Blogger even suggests you enter false information in the required fields to get around them. That’s all you can do.”

Thanks to Phil Bradley for the heads up on this one.

March 14, 2009 Posted by | Web 2.0 - general | Comments Off on How to Delete Accounts from Any Website

Twitter Search – 20 alternative search engines

This list of 20 alternative Twitter search engines is a must for Twitter addicts.

Personally I still think that and its Advanced Search is by far the best, but Phil gives some interesting alternatives that have unique features.

March 14, 2009 Posted by | Twitter | , , | Comments Off on Twitter Search – 20 alternative search engines

There are Times When You Shouldn’t be Tweeting

This item from the The FASTForward Blog concerns a juror on a civil trial against a building materials company who was caught tweeting some of his musings, resulting in calls for a mistrial. I assume that the US has similar regulations to the UK in respect of jury service, in that you are not allowed to discuss the trial with anyone other than your fellow jurors. I would have thought that tweeting would come under “discussion” but perhaps the instructions to jurors need to include social media such as Twitter and Facebook messaging in the ban.

As Joe McKendrick says:

“Along with legal proceedings, occasions such as driving, job interviews, performance review sessions, religious ceremonies, and first dates come to mind as times when hold off on the urge to tweet.  The world will wait for you.”

March 14, 2009 Posted by | Twitter | , , | 2 Comments

Why local government shouldn’t be on Facebook

This is an interesting post from Simon Wakeman who is Head of Marketing at Medway Council in south east England, as well as a freelance communications consultant. It voices concerns that many of us have in using Facebook, not just within the public sector but also for commercial, private sector organisations. Although he says that he does not believe that Councils should have a presence on Facebook he thinks it is better that councils are trying Facebook rather than avoiding it altogether.

I suspect that the following from the  posting will resonate with many people’s feelings about using Facebook in the professional environment:

“The oft-repeated adage about “build it and they will come” is as wrong on Facebook as it is anywhere else on the web.

Just because you have a presence on Facebook (whether it’s as a corporate body or for a specific service area), that doesn’t mean you’re automatically using Facebook to its greatest potential as a communications tool.

Try searching out people in your area using Facebook already. Look for groups that are concerned with your area. Try to spot activists among the groups – who seem the most active and vocal?

Once you’ve done this think about how to engage with these people appropriately – and I don’t mean send them a message saying “I see you’re from XXX, why  not join our group?””

The discussion between readers and Simon in the Comments at the end of the article are also worth serious consideration.

March 14, 2009 Posted by | Facebook | , | Comments Off on Why local government shouldn’t be on Facebook

Cambridgeshire County Council uses YouTube to encourage new councillors

Article from Dave Briggs blog looking at how Cambridgeshire County Council is using YouTube to encourage new councillors. The videos are of the leaders of the three main political groups on the Council saying why it is important for people to become involved in local government, but only the videos of the Labour and Lib Dems was available at the time of viewing (14th March 2009). The third, I assume from the Conservatives, had been “withdrawn by the user”. Anyone in Cambridgeshire know why that could be? Anything to with “County council set to consider code of conduct allegations against five councillors” in The Cambs Times

March 14, 2009 Posted by | YouTube | , , , , | Comments Off on Cambridgeshire County Council uses YouTube to encourage new councillors