Four Things That Twitter (And Other Social Media Sites) Users Should Do


You are what you Tweet

At the age of social media, the world seems smaller and every place seems to be closer to each other by an inch or two. The internet has brought us closer and it made everything easy in click of a button. The online portal might be very beneficial to all of us but it also put us at risk. There are criminals who know how to take advantage of the modern technology and cyber predators are just lurking on the other side waiting for another prey.

One of the most popular social networking sites is twitter. Indeed, this website had brought us closer to people we look up to like movie stars, athletes, music artist and other stellar personalities. Our timeline give us the privilege to view their thoughts and peak at their personal lives. Through twitter we are also updated with the freshest scoops and news even before it hits the pages of major broadsheets or announce it on live TV newscast.

Truly, twitter has been a very dependable online gateway where we can get news straight from the sources. However, despite its dependability, twitter can actually inch you closer to jeopardy. As a twitter user, I would like my fellow twitter friends around the world to take note of the things that they should consider before posting a tweet. Remember, liberty is good but it takes great responsibility as well. Hence, here are the things that you should not do on twitter and other social networking sites as well.

Think Before You Click

Remember, the internet is like a battlefield, you don’t know what will hit you. You don’t know what you will step on. There might be dangerous bombs or landmines buried underneath so you should always be extra cautious. Such vigilance should also be applied while browsing the internet especially the social networking sites. There might be links that contain unwanted contents so you should always think before you click literally.

Think Before You Tweet

Being free is good but that doesn’t mean that you should go all out. Liberty has some limitations as well especially when someone might get affected. Keep in mind that your twitter account is exposed to public scrutiny. As much as possible, be careful with what you say especially on social media sites. If you can’t say it in real life, do not say it on twitter. They say, “You are what you eat”. I say, “you are what you tweet”. So always be responsible in what you post.

Do Not Get Too Personal

As much as possible, avoid getting too personal on twitter and other social networking sites. Again, it is okay to rant you thought and express yourself but always set a boundary. Know when to draw the line. Of course, you don’t know what lies on the other side of the fence. There might be predators that are waiting ensnare you with the words you say so be very careful. Filter what are the things that you should post and what are the things that you should just keep for yourself. Do not ever post images and videos that contain sensitive content.

Secure Yourself with a Strong Password

Yes, thieves come in the middle of the night so better be secured. Just like your home, your accounts should be guarded and it can be possible by setting up a really strong password. Avoid using passwords that are easy to unlock like birthdays and social security number. Do not use the most common passwords like “password” and “qwerty”. As much as possible, create yours in a combination of alphanumeric characters and lower and upper case elements.

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teaches12345 5 years ago

Once again you have written a very useful hub that educates users. I appreciate your suggestions and advice on using twitter. I have not signed on as a member yet but am considering it. It is good to know the ins and outs before joining. Voted up!

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rob_allen 5 years ago from MNL, PH Author

@teaches12345- Again, thank you for reading. Well, you may consider signing up for twitter since it can be a useful tool for social media marketing. Good thing you have read this hub so good luck! I am glad that I have educated you in one way or another teaches12345 :) Cheers!

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rebeccamealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I don't understand twitter. All I have done is post my stuff and share other Hubber's good stuff.I first joined about 3 years ago. I had one follower. Yoko Ono.I don't know how that happened. Weird!I like LinkedIn much better!Thanks for trying to set me straight!

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rob_allen 5 years ago from MNL, PH Author

@rebeccamealey - I agree, LinkedIn is better because it has less BS. Twitter is good especially for promotions but it is also home to a lot of trolls. BTW, thank you for reading and leaving a very honest comment, I really appreciate it :) Cheers!

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Thanks again for this hub, I do agree with rebeccmealey about twitter. Linkedin seems to be a lot better. And sharing works well also. Your hubs are great because I am going to try them. One thing I need to do, is find out what people want to read. And I have to write better. But, will keep it up. Oh, and thumbed this hub up!

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rob_allen 5 years ago from MNL, PH Author

Hey michele! thank you for sharing your insights to your comments. I learn from them actually. Yes, I agree, we should all write hubs that people will read and I think you would be really great at that! Again, michele I can't thank you even more. You so sweet for dropping by my hubs :)

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BizVT34 5 years ago from USA

Nice and simple, well done. Even I can remember these things. I really need to work on that think before send thing, but it's kinda the same problem for me if I'm not on Twitter.

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rob_allen 4 years ago from MNL, PH Author

Thank for dropping by @BuyaBiz! :)

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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for some useful Twitter tips, rob_allen. Great that you are reminding folks to think before a tweet and to remember that every single word is publicly visible. I am sometimes quite amazed by the very personal stuff appearing in tweets. By the way, I have just read that someone said that we should always ask for a retweet. Is that good etiquette?

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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Wise words, Rob! I haven't yet delved into the world of Twitter...Facebook is difficult enough for me to understand! :)

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I really like the analogy you used of a battlefield, that is right on. People need to remember they are tweeting to the world and need to protect their privacy to some extent. I liked this useful hub and voted up.

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rob_allen 4 years ago from MNL, PH Author

Thank you @rsusan for reading and dropping by. Well, we can ask for retweets but me, I will not do that. I'll let my followers to retweet what they want. If they like what I've said or posted and they retweet it, that would be great. But asking for their retweet is not my thing. :)

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rob_allen 4 years ago from MNL, PH Author

Hi @Cloverleaf, thank you for leaving a comment. Well, for me, twitter is a bit easy to navigate compared to Facebook. You can always give it a try. Twitter can give us a great option for spreading the word about our hubs :)

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rob_allen 4 years ago from MNL, PH Author

Hey @tillsontitan! Thank you for dropping by! Yes, the cyberworld is a vast battlefield, we should all be armed. I agree with you. we should remember to value our privacy to some extent. Too much information may lead us to greater harm! :)

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MojoDawg 4 years ago from Fort Worth Texas

Hi Rob all good info, I know sometimes being in a hurry to do everything I am not always practical, thanks for the informative hub, the "web really is a battlefield" thanks for the follow voting up. Blessings

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rob_allen 4 years ago from MNL, PH Author

Thank you for leaving such an insightful comment @MojoDawg! Yes, the web is a battlefield. I am so happy that you appreciate it :) cheers!

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sheilanewton 4 years ago from North Shields, UK

Fabulous work. I take on board all that you say. You make your points so succinctly and so well, Rob. Lovely to be your friend. Voted up.

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rob_allen 4 years ago from MNL, PH Author

@sheilanewton- thank you shiela! you are such a sweet person. I am glad that you appreciate my works :)

Ted 4 years ago

Hi on the subject of passwords I have been hacked twice using 8 digit passwords and I don't mean password like tedspot or dangii, I mean password like this )=^/Vx£@ yes I know they are a pain and not very memorable but I have still been hacked using these kinds of password, so now I use 18 digit passwords and haven't been hacked in two years. If you have something worth stealing somebody will try hard to steal it.

Thanks, Ted.

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rob_allen 4 years ago from MNL, PH Author

Hi ted, thank you for sharing your story. I hope that readers would learn from you experience. Cheers! :)

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