/ December 26, 2008

TwitterDee, TwitterDumb

The National Law Journal is warning users of the latest blogging craze, Twitter, due to its potentially incriminating nature. Twitter, a service that allows for the posting of short messages about what you’re up to, has become the latest in communication. Less invasive and more to the point than Facebook or MySpace, Twitter has created quite a following ranging from University of Chicago Law students and faculty to President-elect Obama. Unfortunately, despite its short and informal nature, legal experts say it has just as much power as an email or letter. Concern is rising that the use of this application could lead to major problems particularly in the corporate world as people forget that every word counts when it’s on the Internet.
Investigators of the effects of communications technology say that often times the shorter the message, the worse its consequence. With your audience unable to decipher a tone or interpret your purpose, implications can run rampant leading to allegations of libel, defamation, exposing sensitive information and more. With only 140 words available and misinterpretation the biggest problem arising from the Twitter trend, there doesn’t seem to be an easy solution to this problem of the future. If you’re wondering how to avoid any “tweet” mishaps yourself, take a look at this checklist for Twitter etiquette and remember, if it’s tied to your name, you had better be prepared to defend it.

Source: Law.com

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