Follow me on Twitter!

Not. Okay well I may end up swallowing my words with a giant spoon but right now, I don't like twitter. Mainly its the needy dependency that it eventually demands from you but it is also the danger of falling into a legal mess. Freedom of Speech apparently does not extend to the internet. Here are a few examples of legal no-no's committed on twitter... (please bear in mind that they normally apply to corporate twitter accounts as they have more liability!)

DefamationAny intentional false communication, either written or spoken, that harms a person's reputation; decreases the respect, regard, or confidence in which a person is held; or induces disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against a person.

This is probably the biggest problem on Twitter, saying something about someone who is supposedly someone can lead to some serious trouble.

Another recent 'boo boo' was when Kerry McCarthy revealed the results of postal votes via Twitter!? hmm now I really was rooting for Labour during the election but when ToryBear replied to her tweet with 'someone call the police', I was very much inclined to pick up my mobile and report her law breaking myself.

In the US, a property management company sued a lady who complained about mould in her chicago apartment on her twitter stating: "Who said sleeping in a mouldy apartment was bad for you? Horizon realty thinks it's okay." - a huge LOL to this lady because I find her statement hilarious. But the company didn't. They call themselves a 'sue first, ask questions later kind of organisation'

Anyhoo I think you guys get the gist. Think Think before you Tweet Tweet!

4 Response to Follow me on Twitter!

25 May 2010 at 11:08

So, erm, are you on twitter? :-$

25 May 2010 at 12:28

LOL! mikey u do make me laugh out loud (please excuse my abrupt familiarisation, I hope you don't revert to childhood horror stories when you hear that name)

Nope no twitter for me... I have been asked to get a twitter account almost one million times, especially in the four days that I have set up a blog, but I'm hoping there is another way. I'm thinking of sending real birds with little messages tied to their ankles all across london. something tells me it will reach more people than 'my' twitter account?

25 May 2010 at 12:52

Don’t worry about the Mikey comment! I self-styled myself ‘Mikee’ for a while back in the later stages of primary school… luckily I grew out of it!! ;-)

Nice idea with the pigeons – might be a touch unreliable, though. :p

Think you should give Twitter a whirl… you can always secure you’re a/c so the whole world can’t see!

BTW, I only stumbled across your blog a couple of days ago; else I would have included you on my round up of new blood in the blawgosphere. I’ll make sure you’re on my next review! :-)

25 May 2010 at 13:37

haha, yeah its not about the privacy... if I am going to make witty little posts of ingenuity then why on earth would I not want the whole world to see!?

I had a twitter stint, it lasted 5 days, i even got the little ubertwitter device on my phone and got all excited. And then one day I found myself writing:

"I'm sitting on the bus and the bus driver is going too slow, I think I am going to be late for work!"

That is when I realised i needed to deactivate or delete or get rid of this thing called twitter. That was a completely private thought that it managed to pry from my MIND... IP law cannot protect the ideas in my mind but I can, so erm yes to avoid finger diarrhoea I got rid.

in all reality i can say something in the heat of the moment and then find myself in handcuffs or sitting at the mercy of some major corporation handing me a £1million defamation fine.

Its not safe Mikee, just not safe!

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