Micro-blogging is another online hype that has engrossed more than a million subscribers worldwide. This new platform allows every user to update their friends and subscribers on their muses about life, love, politics and many more. Often, micro-blogging services contain “user-generated content” which means that everything that is contained in that site, or in a particular profile, are created by the users themselves and they are not edited or filtered.
Because of these “free content,” parents should especially be wary about their kids who patronize these micro-blogging sites because kids can be exposed to adult content. Your kid’s innocence can also be taken advantage of and expose them to identity theft. If your child is not yet on with micro-blogging but is inclined to do so, read first the site’s terms of agreement/service before you allow your kids to register.
Here are some micro-blogging basics that you need to know:
What it is. Micro-blogging, as the term suggests, is blogging in brief expressions or short sentences. Most blogging services limit the characters to 160 which simply imply that whatever you want to “micro-blog” about should not be longer than the characters required. Micro-blogs are updated and they are published on your profile using various micro-blogging services that you will find online.
There are also social networking sites that offer micro-blogging in the form of updates. Through these updates, users can tell their friends where they are, what they are doing at the moment, what they are musing about or they can also share links, photos and videos from their computers or from other sites.
What you get from it. People like being connected and up-to-date about their friends and other people that might be of particular interest with them. With the rise of micro-blogging services, anyone can respond to questions posted by their friends faster; anyone can tell everyone that they’re going away for a vacation in a matter of minutes; and anyone can recommend movies and be instant “film reviewers.” You can discuss various issues and engage in debates with your friends online and responses can be generated in a matter of minutes. This is something liberating when it comes to micro-blogging services.
However, you should know that if you are not very careful, you may end up being a victim of identity theft or getting burglarized. Experts advise that you should not always post where you are especially if you are going away on a vacation and no one will be left at home. A criminal who will read your post that you are out for the weekend can search the internet for your address and enter your home while you are out. These are not isolated incidences because there have been a lot of cases when families who were out on a vacation goes home to find their houses broken into and their valuables stolen.
The benefits of micro-blogging far outweigh its threats. However, it is something that should not be ignored. These threats are real so you have to be very careful with what you “tweet.”