Are there things we shouldn’t tweet about?

Mathew Ingram at GigaOM wonders, given some recent controversy over a Boston reporter tweeting from a public figure’s funeral, whether there are some things we just shouldn’t tweet about, not even if you’re a reporter.

He notes:

All of these incidents may seem like classic cases of what Twitter critics call “over-sharing,” but the lines of what should remain private and what should become public (to the extent that a Twitter post is public) are continually being redrawn, and in many cases differ from person to person.

A few of you have expressed concerns in our meetings over what should and shouldn’t be tweeted. Given these examples, where do you think we should draw the line?

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2 thoughts on “Are there things we shouldn’t tweet about?

  1. Hmm. My thought, in these instances, is better safe than sorry. I’d suggest if the tweeter has a concern, he or she should refrain. But that’s just me.

  2. IMO, there is no way to control what anyone says on the internet, especially Twitter. (If you don’t like what they are saying, don’t follow them.) Reporters and the like should use good ethical judgement when it comes to sensitive areas such as live-tweeting a funeral. As a general rule, it may be a good idea to be aware of your audience and understand that there is a time and place for everything, as is in life. People have boundaries and are always challenging those boundaries. If we begin to censor what can and cannot be tweeted we’re challenging our freedom of speech.

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