You Are What You Tweet

Everything you do, and everything you say on Twitter reflects how the rest of us see YOU as a person.

It isn’t about all those links you share, it isn’t about how often you retweet your friends, and it certainly isn’t about how many followers you have.

It’s about how you behave.

Each time you update on Twitter, you’re telling us something about you. If you’re consistent in the things you say and write about, the rest of us can quickly build up a fairly accurate profile of who you are, and what you represent.

If, conversely, your tweets, use of language and choice of content are all over the place, then you’re a lot harder to pin down. Perhaps surprisingly (and unless crazy is your thing), this is far from the ideal. There aren’t a lot of brownie points on offer for being chaotic in social media. It makes you look fragmented, and random. Unpredictable. Even dangerous.

Most of all, it makes you seem like you’re not a real person. After all, who acts like that in “real life”?

Unless you protect your tweets (which is never a good idea), everything you say on Twitter is on public display. It’s readable by everybody else on the network (bar those that you’ve blocked, although there are many ways around that), and is picked up by a number of search engines, aggregators and content farms, and updated in real time. Bottom line: those brief but often surprisingly weighty 140-character status updates are, letter by letter, and byte by byte, playing a major role in the formulation of your identity on the web.

This is how the internet sees you, and therefore by association, the world. You owe it to yourself to make it count. So go ahead and let us know – who are you?

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