Twitter Search: Not Your Friend If You Tweet Something Bad
Did you Twitter something embarrassing? Don’t think deleting your tweet or locking your Twitter feed means what you said goes away. Twitter Search still makes it available, which one job applicant may have found to their loss.
Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.
Soon after, Tim Levad, Business Development Manager at Cisco Systems, spotted the tweet and replied, saying:
@theconnor Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.
That caused @theconner to take their Twitter account private, but as Carpenter points out, the tweet could still be found in Twitter Search.
Making a feed private from the start does appear to keep it out of Twitter Search, of course, But bear in mind that it’s common that other people retweet what their friends say. That can put your “private” post out into the public eye.
Overall, Twitter is not instant messaging or private communication. Be careful what you say in a public setting and use social media tools to help you, not hurt you.