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.