10 Ways to Expose Yourself on Twitter

The word “expose” can mean many things. For each definition, there’s a way to apply it the social networking giant Twitter; from deliberate admittance to an accidental slip. The format makes it simple to expose yourself, one hundred and forty characters at a time.

  1. Self-Promotion – One of the most important things an aspiring artist or businessperson can do is to promote themselves in order to gain exposure. Twitter is among the favorite platforms for branding and reputation building.
  2. Coming Out – A surefire way of exposing a long-held secret in a large, public way is to come out of the closet via tweet. A well-placed hashtag will insure that your declaration reaches an audience far wider than just those who are following your feed.
  3. Attaching Your Real Life Name to Your Online Identity – It’s not uncommon for people to cultivate on online persona that’s quite different from their offline identity. Creating a connection between the two personalities is exposing yourself in a big way!
  4. Accidentally Sharing Risque PhotographsTwilight Saga actor Bronson Pelletier found out the hard way last year that sharing the link to an online photo-hosting site like Photobucket can allow those who follow the link to browse an entire album, if it isn’t protected. Thousands of fans accessed pictures of Pelletier in his underwear before he realized his mistake.
  5. Make a Confession – We all harbor secrets that we sometimes consider confessing to; doing so on Twitter is making yourself vulnerable in a big way. Exposing a deep secret to the entire world is a major, courageous step.
  6. Speak Ill of Your Job – Exposing yourself to the ire of an employer is as simple as making derogatory comments about the company you work for or a boss. Many companies have instituted policies against such behavior, making it a terminable offense.
  7. Share Controversial Opinions – Politics and religion are two of the hot-button topics that can stir up controversy amongst your followers. Exposing your opinions to the world on delicate subjects like these is the work of a moment.
  8. Follow a Guilty-Pleasure Celebrity – Even the coolest of us have soft spots for movies or musicians that we’d rather not admit to; the simple act of following a celebrity related to the subject can expose you to the guffaws of those who browse your “Following” list.
  9. Tweeting Under The Influence – There was a time, not so long ago, when drunk dialing was the worst alcohol-induced phone snafu a person could make (by rodriguez). With the advent of smartphones, sharing your drunken proclamations with the world from the comfort of a bar stool became a snap.
  10. Sharing Links To Illegal Downloads – The controversial Stop Online Piracy Act focuses on just such behavior. Under the wording of the bill, one shared link to pirated files could potentially result in penalties to the administrators of Twitter. It would also expose you as a file-sharing user.

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