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Feb 07

Twitter – Lesson 5/7: Privacy

Privacy is not something that I’m merely entitled to, it’s an absolute prerequisite.

Marlon Brando

The most critizied and important point of discussion is how Twitter handles your personal information.  All lessons before can be accessed here:

Personal Privacy

When using any of our Services you consent to the collection, transfer, manipulation, storage, disclosure and other uses of your information as described in this Privacy Policy.

This paragraph is one of the most important in the whole section. It means, that Twitter and his services are allowed to save all your Tweets, evaluate them and give them to third services. If you be conscious of this meaning, it would be like the use of any other website like Google, Facebook or LinkedIn. Later on, it said that your information may be sold in case of bankruptcy or similar. I think this is the same meaning, I’ve read in nearly any other web service. Also the part, where Twitter tells you that it uses Google Analytics. A discussion about that exists, since Google Analytics exists.

But some things they are set by default but could be easily prevent from being evil. First of all, everything is broadcast to the world – if you don’t change it. How this can be done, I will show you in the next paragraph. And it is possible, that everyone can see where you are at the moment. For this, you have to enable geotagging with your GPS capable phone.

How to protect your privacy

First of all, you can deny the Twitter newsletter. It is not really a privacy feature, but you won’t get this lot of mails than usual. Remember, that you also don’t get information if someone is following you. Uncheck this box during the registration.

Disable Twitter Newsletter

As second, find your followers on your own. If you search for someone using your Gmail account, Twitter only assigns your account to your email address and maybe Google too!? Skip all three steps.

Disable linking to other networks

The next two options can be controlled in your settings. First, enable the protection of your tweets. This will cause that only registered and approved users can read your messages. But this can cause also a loss of new followers, because they can’t read what you’re talking about.

Protect your Tweets

By disabling and deleting geotagging information, no one is able to figure out where you’ve been or where you are.

Disable geotagging

At last, think about what you tweet. In the first moment, something sounds really funny. But imagine, if your new employer will read this. Will he laugh too?

Be sure, what you publish

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