Dear T2T: Me and my friends have twitter accounts that we like to use to talk with each other. Lately, it seems there are school snoops getting into our business and I think that’s messed up. This isn’t anything we are doing on campus so I don’t know why they are up in our business. Don’t we deserve some privacy in our own lives? — Over the line
Response No. 1:
Any social networking site is visible by pretty much everyone, and others can see anything that you put up on said site. A couple of ways to prevent people from seeing the things that you put up are; blocking those few people that you don’t want snooping around or you can also find alternative ways of talking to your friend like texting, calling, etc. Many people have put things up on social networking sites that they later regret and delete it afterward, but once its up, it’ll be up for good, so its always a smart idea to watch what you post. You can also make your “profile” private so you can be in charge of who sees what you and your friends are saying. But seriously, private is never truly private. That’s why it’s called the WORLD WIDE web. When you press send, it’s for all the world to see. Be smart instead of sorry.
Response No. 2:
While communicating over the Internet is convenient, we must remember that anything posted on it is subject to judgment, as it is available to anybody who wishes to view it. You should be aware that when you use twitter, your tweets are not private unless you lock your account. If you want privacy, twitter offers the option to send a direct message. This enables you to have a private conversation with another person on twitter rather than exposing it to your followers. Even then, anything the school believes creates an “unsafe academic environment” can still get a student in trouble, this includes anything written only or sent by message (email, text, etc). As a rule one should consider anything done online as viewable by everyone and impossible to delete. It is also important to think twice about putting things in writing because once it is sent, it can’t be taken back. Remember to follow these rules, and the school should have no problem with what you say.
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