Don't Be a TWIT when Twittering!

United States
June 10, 2009 4:29am CST
The police are warning twits to stop posting info when their home is going to be empty and a nice target for thieves. To many people are telling the world when they are going to be on vacation or just gone from their home even for a few hours which is a nice invitation for the bad guys to rob you. If you must twit about vacation etc. the powers that be suggest you do it after you return back home not before. I am not a twit but I am curious how many myLotters are twits who twitter?
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@egdcltd (10037)
10 Jun 09
I don't Twitter, but it does make you wonder about what some people are thinking. Or rather, if they're thinking.
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@GardenGerty (126788)
• United States
10 Jun 09
That was my thought. As someone else said, even their nine year old knows not to do this.
@egdcltd (10037)
10 Jun 09
Their 9 year old is probably more internet-savvy.
@TLChimes (4838)
• United States
10 Jun 09
Um..... wow.... people need to be warned not to do that? Next thought is.... um... how did the bad guys know where the twits live? Does Twitter tell them? If so then that should be dealt with. If it's the people.... well.... bet they won't do that after one time of losing all their stuff.
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• United States
10 Jun 09
I seems to be the Twits themselves who give out enough information so that they are not hard to find.
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@TLChimes (4838)
• United States
10 Jun 09
my 9 year old knows not to give out that info... I'm just saying....
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• United States
15 Jun 09
Crooks are always looking for an angle. I always wondered if those questionaires/polls that people take on myspace or facebook couldn't be used to mine people's personal data. If you asked enough seemingly innocuous questions then add them up, you might come up with something. Questions like: What's your mother's maiden name, where did you honeymoon, what was the name of your highschool? show up as confirmation questions when trying to get a lost password or username. Those same questions be slipped into one of those questionaires, next thing you know, blam, identity theft.
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• United States
15 Jun 09
Very true!
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• Philippines
11 Jun 09
I saw this news item too in which a couple was robbed while twittering that they were going away for a few weeks. They also say that twitter is often used by terrorists to pass communication messages quickly. Pretty scary news.
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• United States
11 Jun 09
Thank you for reminding me about the terrorists using it as a form of communication.
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@KrauseHome (36689)
• United States
21 Jun 09
Personally I have never understood why some people are so willing to give out their information over the Internet via these type of sites, Yahoo groups, etc. I feel in a way this is a Great way sometimes to invite trouble, even if not in person could be someone send them something in the mail, or call them, etc. causing some problems to where they could become a stalker as well. I think overall it is really up to each individual but overall, the Best thing to do is to not post your information except in private to someone and protect yourself and your homelife as well.
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@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
12 Jun 09
A few of my Internet friends know where I live. I have my address listed as "the south". That could be quite a few cities. I don't twitter, but I do mention I'm going on vacation. I never thought that someone would come and rob me. I don't have much to steal. If someone wants to find me they have to know English or have a good translation program. Then they have to go to my small hick town. There are better robbing targets in bigger cities. If someone want to find me, I'm easy to find, but they would have to ask around town and if they weren't someone I would know people wouldn't give them info. I'm Merav, the middle aged, cat crazy English speaker. That alone is enough information to find me if you ask the English speakers in town.
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@Ravenladyj (22920)
• United States
11 Jun 09
I dont use Twitter in fact I only recently found out about it...none the less though I have more common sense than that! Ya just gotta wonder what the hell ppl are thinking ya know...I mean how dumb does one have to be...why not just put a neon sign with an arrow that says "We're away please rob us!!"
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@dianmelydia (2271)
• Indonesia
10 Jun 09
I have read the news about that story. You're right. I think telling others about our vacation is good for happiness sharing. But we must know that if telling to unproper people it would harm ourselves. We don't know if the robbering story is just a coincidence or had related with his tweet. However, preventing is highly required. Have a nice day and happy mylotting.
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• United States
10 Jun 09
I have two twitter accounts.. one is personal and one is for my web site... I don't tweet all that much though and since I'm always home this doesn't really apply to me. I think it's sad that we live in a world where you can't share certain things about our lives with others without the fear of being taken advantage of. Realistically though... if anyone would find out about you being on vacation and actually rob your house while you are away I would think it would be someone you know... and someone relatively close to you geographically... there's sort of a... choose your friends / followers wisely (if that's even possible).
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
29 Aug 09
Not into Twitter but I may end up there just to see what its like. As for telling people you'll be away from home and ending up robbed... well as always, never doubt the stupidity of the public (even more so on the net). And if you do talk about vacation plans, don't broadcast exact dates (seen it, read it, lulz at it)
• Canada
27 Aug 09
I am not on Twitter, but I've heard the same thing about Facebook. I did post once about the fact that I was going to be in Toledo Ohio at a certain time, but the joke was on the potential idiot because I traveled alone, and my husband, who has all sorts of military training, had the house to himself for the weekend. LOL OK nothing happened of course, since no one on there but my immediate family knew where the place was, but still. I would not have posted that if we were both going, and were going to leave the house alone for the weekend.
• Philippines
11 Jun 09
I am also a Twitter user since last year. I have travelled 4 times last year and I didn't have any problems with my place. Nobody break in to my place as I don't put my home address either on Twitter or Facebook. Only my close friends know my home address and they live from from me. We need to play safe especially to strangers from the internet. You don't really know who's nice and bad.
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
11 Jun 09
I still do have my Twitter account but rarely go there save once in a blue moon. Kind of find the whole concept of twittering a bit dumb anyway
• United States
11 Jun 09
I use Twitter to help promote some of my projects. In my opinion, it's a great waste of time to sit there and read about what others are doing. No, I don't post when I'm leaving the house for a few hours and I certainly wouldn't announce that I was going on vacation...if I ever get to go on vacation again. It would be interesting if someone decided they were going to break in to my home because they read I was "going to the store" on Twitter. My dog tends to be a little protective of our home when someone tries to enter uninvited.
• Philippines
11 Jun 09
Its interesting to read posts in twitter but then too much of info may be sometimes invitation for trouble. I still can't start to Twitt!
@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
10 Jun 09
Well their right ya dont advertize when you wont be home thats the dumbest thing I ever heard. Ya I joined it but not ure what to do with it lol.
@GardenGerty (126788)
• United States
10 Jun 09
I do not give a whit to twit. Looked at it, did a little, did not like it. This is a better place for me. Most people SHOULD know not to give out that kind of info. I guess the world is still to full of trusting people who can get in trouble and never even know it.