Maybe it’s just me.
But I fear that one day soon, criminals will discover that Twitter is one of the best places to find empty houses vulnerable to a break-in, or Twitterers who make it easy for them to commit far more serious crimes.
I expect to see lots of details in tweets about what people are doing in their jobs because using Twitter for business and publicity is just plain smart.
But I’m amazed at some of the personal details people include. Like announcing they’re closing up the house and leaving for two weeks in the Florida Keys. Or visiting San Francisco for a three-day conference. Or saying good-bye to their cabin on the southeast corner of such-and-such a lake and heading back home.
I’m guilty of tweeting that I’d be in Las Vegas last week for two days, but our house wasn’t vacant at the time. Had it been empty, I wouldn’t have let the world know that.
With the number of social networking sites multipying daily, it wouldn’t take a savvy criminal long to put two and two together and go hunting for our profiles and…well…you know the rest. Just look what the slimeballs have been able to accomplish with phishing and identity theft.
What about you? Do you police yourself so you don’t share too much information? Do you know of guidelines anywhere that that discuss the kinds of details we should or shouldn’t include in our tweets?
Or am I just being paranoid?