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Posts Tagged ‘twitter identity’

Why It Pays To Be Yourself On Twitter

Are you a different person on Twitter than you are in “real life”?

Social media (and, indeed, the internet) is a glittering lure. It presents a clean slate. You can be anyone. On Twitter, or any social network, it pays to present the best version of yourself. That’s a good thing – in fact, it’s smart, and advisable, especially if you’re using Twitter in any kind of professional capacity.

But if the you that we see on our screens is completely different to the you behind it, then it’s simply a matter of time before that illusion is exposed.

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Twitter IDpocalypse: User IDs Going To Run Out In 2078

In a Twitter announcement earlier this week, developer advocate Arne Roomann-Kurrik told programmers who build apps on top of the service that the company is moving from 32-bit to 64-bit user IDs.

As SFGate picked up on, hidden in the announcement’s web address was a jokey label: Roomann-Kurrik called the situation a “Twitter user IDpocalypse.”

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Friday Fun: Control Someone Else’s Twitter Identity (Without Hacking)

Ever wanted to be Mr. T for a day? Well, maybe that’s no one’s fantasy, but if you knew it was possible to do, wouldn’t you at least be kind of curious? A neat little web-based app lets you be Mr. T or a host of other characters on Twitter – and it doesn’t rely on hacking to do it.
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Twitter’s Evan Williams On The Five Easy Pieces Of Online Identity

Over on his personal blog, Twitter’s Evan Williams has written a very detailed post that compiles his thoughts on what he calls The Five Easy Pieces Of Online Identity.

It’s a lengthy read, but worth a moment of your time as there might be clues here about the direction Williams is taken with his new (and currently very hush-hush) start-up project.

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Be Yourself On Twitter (Everyone Else Is Already Taken)

(Apologies to Oscar Wilde.)

We’ve been here before, but it’s due a refresher.

When you publish and interact with your network on Twitter, are you being yourself, or a version thereof?

If it’s your best version, then fine – everybody does that to some extent. You’d be foolish not to.

But if it’s a completely different take on the real thing – the unyou, if you will – then it’s only a matter of time before you get busted, because you can only maintain this illusion for so long, especially if you’re using Twitter to provide a service or sell product. Even if nobody knows what’s going on at the moment (which is unlikely) they always find out. Always.

Why take the risk? Is the real you so unbearable that your only option is to maintain this lie? I seriously doubt it.