Saturday, November 21, 2009

Tweeters Beware: Google Is Archiving All Tweets

Do you remember the scene from the movie Swingers where Jon Favreau's character Mikey makes multiple phone calls to a Nikki, a woman that he met earlier that night at the Dresden and embarrasses himself so thoroughly that she tells him to never call him again? Whether Mikey was "Drunk Dialing" or not, when the movie was made in 1996 there was not a chance of his actions being disseminated to the entire world.

Fast Forward to 2009. Now imagine if you start "Drunk Tweeting" or "Drunk Facebooking." Instead of only one person knowing about an episode in your life that you may want to forget, all Internet users may now be able to access this information because Google is now archiving all tweets. This may not only lead to future embarrassing situations, it will also drastically increase the cost of E-Discovery. As a take off from a saying that some have attributed to Mark Twain, "It is better to keep your tweets to a minimum and be thought a twit than to tweet all night and remove all doubt."

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