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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.

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I’ve touched on this before, but the message is worth repeating.

Throughout social media (and, indeed, the internet) people like to talk about real life, making the distinction between that and whatever else it is they’re doing online.

There is no difference. Twitter, Facebook, Google – these are all a part of your reality, and therefore a part of your life. And as usage numbers rise month-on-month, the void that became a blur is now a bond. That stuff you’re doing and saying in your status updates has an impact everywhere else, too. And vice versa.

If you’re faking it on one side in the hope that this will help you make it on the other, you’re kidding yourself. Everybody has secrets behind closed doors, but if the internet you is being painted with a very different brush to the ‘real’ you then you’re playing a very dangerous game. Even if you (somehow) make it into overtime, this simply increases the odds that you’re going to get caught out.

Trust me on this – somebody has already noticed. What happens when they blow the whistle?

(Image credit: Klikkers.)