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When it comes to Twitter, everyone seems to have their own philosophies on how to appropriately use the social networking site. There’s the type that sensors everything they tweet, never sharing their opinion, sending out generic tweets about seeing old friends and eating at favourite restaurants. There’s the tweeter that censors nothing, sending out plenty of unedited tweets filled with emotion and, quite often, foul language and opinions.There are those who put locks on their accounts, believing that this will prevent current and potential employers from seeing what they’re writing (hint: it won’t). And we can’t forget the tweet and delete type, who think that if they delete their tweet a few minutes after posting it that no one will ever be the wiser (another hint: nothing is ever really deleted on the internet). But I have my own system regarding my Twitter account, and it’s glaringly simple: If you don’t want someone to see it, don’t tweet it.No, I’m not saying I only tweet emotionless, super safe tweets about how good my meal was. What I’m saying is don’t tweet something you wouldn’t say directly to your employers or clients you work with.

I’m a die hard sports fan, and like any die hard fan, I’m a little (a lot) biased about the teams I like. I have my opinions on what’s happening in a game, about how a player is performing, etc. If I come into work the morning after a big game, I spend time chatting with my supervisors about it, expressing how I feel about the game and the players. We’ll have a back and forth, sharing our views.

So if I can express my opinion this in conversation with my boss, why can’t I have it online?

That may be a specific example, but it shares the point well enough.

This has always been the way I run my Twitter account. If someone types my name into Google, it’s usually the first thing to pop up. I’m not trying to hide it from anyone.  I know that when I’m working with new clients, or if I have a job interview coming up that my social networks are going to be inspected. That is why every time I write a new tweet, I think “would I want a client to see this?” before I hit send.

I have had supervisors follow me on social media, and I have found that most of them tend be more interactive with my style of tweeting, responding to my tweets and giving a counter-opinion.

It is important to remember that Twitter is designed to give users an online voice. No one should be scared to share an opinion on twitter they wouldn’t share in a room full of coworkers, provided, of course, that it is a concise, educated opinion.

Twitter is designed to be conversational, and that’s how it should be used. How you conduct yourself in these conversations is entirely up to you. Would you really feel safe posting a thought on the internet that you wouldn’t be willing to share in person with coworkers?