Yesterday I posted Twitter updates (aka tweets) from people I follow as a way to recap Friday night's Presidential debate. Re-reading that post today, I began to wonder if I had broken some sort of unspoken Twitter code.
The tweets I posted were all PG-rated, although given the sensitive nature of politics, it's quite possible some folks would find them offensive.
Now nearly all of the people I follow on Twitter are folks I know personally and I'm pretty sure they wouldn't mind me posting their tweets. But there are a couple peeps I only know via Twitter and certainly don't know them well enough to gauge their comfort with me broadcasting their tweetstream.
Methinks this situation mirrors the larger question of privacy on the web. In today's Facebook society, where people are willing to share the most intimate details about themselves with their network, is what's entered on the web part of the public record for all to consume?
When Twitter first launched it was positioned as a micro-blogging platform. Blogs, by nature, are typically intended as broadcast vehicles although some blogging tools like Live Journal allow you to restrict access (aka narrowcast) to a pre-approved list of people.
So what exactly is Twitter etiquette?
I'm sending a link to post out to the folks whose tweets I shared to see what they think. Will report back and, of course, remove any offending tweets upon request.
Update: Well, the Tweetards have weighed in and the ayes have it -- 5 for 5 in favor of all tweets being fair game. There was some mention of not sharing tweets from "locked" Twitter accounts. I didn't even realize that was possible. Here's the 411:
aarongoldman @jeffmarshall, roger that. Thx. Good thing you keep your tweets clean. :) about 14 hours ago from BeTwittered in reply to jeffmarshall
jeffmarshall @aarongoldman top right corner person's profile page (by name) pad lock symbol; mine only locked for location security, u can use any :) about 14 hours ago from web in reply to aarongoldman
aarongoldman @jeffmarshall, how do I know if an acct is locked or unlocked? about 14 hours ago from BeTwittered in reply to jeffmarshall
jeffmarshall @aarongoldman if the twtr'r has an unlocked twtr acct, should be free game. Otherwise, could be poor form depending on the content. about 14 hours ago from txt in reply to aarongoldman
aarongoldman Posted tweets from peeps I follow on my blog. Wondering if that was poor form? Is what happens on Twitter supposed to stay on Twitter? about 14 hours ago from BeTwittered