Lame move on my part!
I admit I don’t follow everyone who follows me on Twitter, because it’s just not possible to pay attention to so much chatter.
But today, I realized I had been following the wrong tweet on my mobile. In a real-world event this could have had major repercussions, especially if that person or group was part of a coordinated team.
The event I am talking about was a terrorist attack on a football stadium. OK, it was a mock terrorist attack! The event was an emergency planning exercise at Arizona State University.
I was tweeting, taking photos, and recording audio for a podcast while my communication colleagues were tweeting. But ASU has so many people on Twitter now, it’s possible to not follow the right person! I feel more stupid since it was only last week that two others and I presented to a group about the value of Twitter, where I specifically mentioned how easy it was to send an on or off command via your mobile device to follow or turn off someone!
So the lessons learned:
- Be careful whom you don’t follow – deliberately or accidentally
- Think of Twitter as two parts listening post, one part micro-blog
- Keep a short list of those you really need to follow –in a notebook!
- Regularly check your account settings –esp ‘Device Updates’