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Using Twitter As A Punter. Safe?

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I have no interest in using Twitter in general so would have no problem setting up an account under some pseudo name and linked to my hotmail account that I use for PNet, AW etc. So if I did that purely to access and follow WGs what are the risks in doing so? Can Twitter and Facebook share stuff on the same device? Would FB friends be able to identify me on Twitter if they use it too? Any other potential pitfalls?

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Using a Twitter account in puntingville can be fun...but you really need to have it within a 'firewall' completely disconnected from your 'real world' digital footprint.

This is easy & possible so long as you know what you're doing, whatever about the legalities (& at least in theory with EU online privacy regs, there's much more protections than here in US...but....) between Google, MSoft & FBook using algorithms to parse cross traffic connections, please do ensure you know what you're up to before venturing forth, viz:

  • Never post anything to that account directly from your work/'regular' hotmail account.
  • If you post any self taken pics strip out the geotags & don't ever recycle your 'real' FB etc pics- even cropped/blurred they'll be picked up via GIS.
  • (This may be taking it to an extreme)...but better to use a separate incognito browsing session when using that T-feed.
  • blah blah bhah... you'll find some other nb stuff if you google.
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I use a different email for Pnet as i use for AW.I use a different,unused as such email for all forums as some make your email addy publicly viewable so you can end up spammed to hell.Twitter,the same although i'm under that under a very similar name to my AW which probably sounds silly as my twitter is linked to a lot of my work stuff but i'm single and dont really care.
With any form of social media people do searches for either your name or your email addy,thats how they find you to add you etc.If you are using your pnet email addy,which i presume isnt under your name or your day to day email that friends have then they cant link it to you.
As for sharing.If you are using the same email you will sometimes asked if you want to import/check for contacts or to link your sites.Just click no.
Your main pitfall,like with anything else is in leaving the page open or using the auto log in

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Don't use it on an iPad ! It does not seem possible to separate out a private Twitter account from everything else.

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Don't use it on an iPad ! It does not seem possible to separate out a private Twitter account from everything else.

Think I can prob guess what happened there...but care to share for broader audience?

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Think I can prob guess what happened there...but care to share for broader audience?

 

Nothing catastrophic thankfully, and it was a couple of years ago so my memory of exactly what occurred is hazy, but I seem to remember Autofill coming up with WGs Twitter Account names when writing an email.

 

Similarly with Skype - just closing the App is no good if you have a secret Skype account, as it will remain Logged In so one of your contacts might choose any moment to message or call you, so if you use Skype on the iPad SIGN OUT!

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I would avoid this. I know some girls use twitter but its a domain that I would not like my data to escape into as a result of me failing to understand the medium completely, a bit like facebook.

 

For the hobby i have 2 email addresses that cross-reference to each other and for the mobile number link that was needed for the Outlook based new hotmail, I used my punting mobile. None of these items has any link to my real-world persona so i have low rosk of an inadvertent cross-over. I can't think of an easier way to lose control than twit-land. I am very conservative in this area generally as I value privacy and understand confidentiality in an age when many have no idea about it.

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I would avoid this. I know some girls use twitter but its a domain that I would not like my data to escape into as a result of me failing to understand the medium completely, a bit like facebook.

 

For the hobby i have 2 email addresses that cross-reference to each other and for the mobile number link that was needed for the Outlook based new hotmail, I used my punting mobile. None of these items has any link to my real-world persona so i have low rosk of an inadvertent cross-over. I can't think of an easier way to lose control than twit-land. I am very conservative in this area generally as I value privacy and understand confidentiality in an age when many have no idea about it.

That's pretty sensible Panda, just to play devils advocate, it's only fair to point out that (presuming you know what you're doing) the level of risk with Twitter is a tiny fraction of FB....I'm not an IT expert but have been playing with 'puters since C64 days & have been on bulletin boards since before the net itself formally went 'live' & I would NOT touch FBook for punting with your dick LOL.

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Blu rememberedhills (what a great username!) made a very sage comment on another thread this week of relevance to all this:

 

"There's a terrible assymetry in the digital age: it entices you to push stuff out on a whim, but it then hangs around forever."

 

I thought of this as I read Markdee's comment above, "my twitter is linked to a lot of my work stuff but i'm single and dont really care".  No offense intended Mark but you may not always be single and you may not always be in a job where your private life is irrelevant to your work.

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Blu rememberedhills (what a great username!) made a very sage comment on another thread this week of relevance to all this:

 

"There's a terrible assymetry in the digital age: it entices you to push stuff out on a whim, but it then hangs around forever."

 

I thought of this as I read Markdee's comment above, "my twitter is linked to a lot of my work stuff but i'm single and dont really care".  No offense intended Mark but you may not always be single and you may not always be in a job where your private life is irrelevant to your work.

But thats only a similar user name to my AW,not the same as it wasnt available as i was a late joiner.As with everything,its all different emails.as i've said before,thats more for spam reasons.If i wasnt single then none of this would be an issue as punting whilst not single isnt something that fits personally with me.As for the other bit,work wise,in my trade and others i've dabbled in,if it aint illegal its ok.

On a seperate note,something i've been meaning to ask what with me being a bit of a geek.You username,is it taken from the JSA Carter Hall?

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I have a twitter, it was created with an anonymous email address.   I only access it using private browsing in firefox.  It is locked so only 'friends' I have accepted can read anything I tweet.

 

I did need to tweek a few other privacy settings to try and prevent it from suggesting people I may like to know based on ip settings etc.

 

I don't use it from my iPhone, just to prevent any possible mistaes

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Careless tweets can make you twitchy.....

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The amount of punters/escorts who have been caught out by using facebook on this forum alone should make you think twice. It's giving clues to your real identity online for no good reason. Is it really worth it to read a silly inane Twitter feed?

 

Facebook and Twitter are good for service provider's for advertising purposes, they may be happy to use these even though they could possibly be compromised because they are being paid for their work and  a Twitter/ Facebook presence attracts customers and provides web presence/name.recognition all of which help business.

 

As a punter what are you getting out of detailing your personal habits on Facebook and Twitter? Unless you really know what you are doing as FredDeHead says you are leaving permanent traces of your activities on the internet. Your Twitter pseudonym may not directly display your real personal details but it is very much connected to your real life identity.

 

 

For most people:-

 

Random Twitter Post = IP = ISP =Subscriber Number = Your Real Name Address/Account

 

 

 

 

If you need information  or want to make a booking read the website and use private email.

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That's pretty sensible Panda, just to play devils advocate, it's only fair to point out that (presuming you know what you're doing) the level of risk with Twitter is a tiny fraction of FB....I'm not an IT expert but have been playing with 'puters since C64 days & have been on bulletin boards since before the net itself formally went 'live' & I would NOT touch FBook for punting with your dick LOL.

:D  :D  :D Sorry I couldn't help myself.

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People on twitter can only see what you put onto it. If you use a fake name, punting email address and dont post anything personal about your life no one will be any the wiser...like being on punterent . Just make sure you turn of your location notifications if you are tweeting from your phone, turn it off on your phone and within your twitter account. Turn off all email notifications too so then your phone wont beep unexpectedly with one at a bad time xx

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Thanks for all those

Maybe I should be clearer. I have no intention of tweeting. Merely to search Twitter for WGs although I wouldn't have a clue how to! Do I even need a twitter account to do this? I'm FB savvy but purely for personal civvy life but have no idea how Twittet works

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Read the 'everything is broken' thread elsewhere, and it will make you realise in my sincere opinion how dangerous Facebook and Twitter is ......

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For most people:-

 

Random Twitter Post = IP = ISP =Subscriber Number = Your Real Name Address/Account

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interesting...so who can unlock all those equals signs??

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Nothing catastrophic thankfully, and it was a couple of years ago so my memory of exactly what occurred is hazy, but I seem to remember Autofill coming up with WGs Twitter Account names when writing an email.

 

Similarly with Skype - just closing the App is no good if you have a secret Skype account, as it will remain Logged In so one of your contacts might choose any moment to message or call you, so if you use Skype on the iPad SIGN OUT!

 

Watch for the incognito browser on Chrome on the iPad .  It remembers history and shows visited links as purple even after closing and reopening all incognito tabs.  Clearing everything in browser settings does appear to cause it to forget.

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I have noticed that on FB when I am on as my real self, I get suggestions for friends that are friends on my false FB account and visa versa.

 

This must be due to the IP address? Obviously, I ignore these suggestions, in both directions.

 

AW picks up if you have aliases and displays those to SPs.

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Interesting...so who can unlock all those equals signs??

Afaik,in UK legal access is only via a warrant....but from a tech perspective, any number of people ranging from ISP employees ( sounds far fetched but there's been documented cases of bribery to do just that) to hackers who sell PWs in the dark market.

 

In reality unless you're David Cameron/Lewis Hamilton etc, chances of latter are prob so remote as to be moot....but there have been reports of bizarre cases here in the US (where else) where disgruntled wife's divorce solicitor firms have employed "Forensic Systems Analysts" ( that'd be snooping dicks who specialize in IT) to poke around husbands digital footprint... it's a twilight world as for most part any incriminating findings can't be used directly in court...but they often are as background leverage (I haven't heard of Twitter being implicated but FB, travel records, bank accounts etc...absolutely!)

 

 

I have noticed that on FB when I am on as my real self, I get suggestions for friends that are friends on my false FB account and visa versa.

 

This must be due to the IP address? Obviously, I ignore these suggestions, in both directions.

 

AW picks up if you have aliases and displays those to SPs.

And this is precisely why I don't use FBook for punting purposes, as I mentioned above there are multiple ways your profile is tracked (IP, cross traffic pattern, image recognition, msg certification etc) so even if you broadly know what you're doing, you can still get bitten in the arse. Whatever about the legality, the defacto situation is that anything you post to a FB profile lasts forever.

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I have noticed that on FB when I am on as my real self, I get suggestions for friends that are friends on my false FB account and visa versa.

 

This must be due to the IP address? Obviously, I ignore these suggestions, in both directions.

 

Yep, I used separated browsers for private and punting profiles, but FB will still mix the advertizing... probably due to IP.

Careful.

 

As for Twatter: my punting twatting is near-dead, but I got at least 1 follow from the private, non-punting account of a Lady. glitch.

Careful there too.

 

In all cases: stick to browsers, and avoid the apps like the plague, they seem worse to me as they seem to dig into your machine-history.

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FB can be sneaky...

 

I have several email addys for unimportant stuff and used one to join FB, not that I wanted to but an interest group of mine had stopped using Yahoo Groups for

notifications so it was a case of having to. I also used an alias on FB.

 

As soon as I'd joined up poped the local parlour owner in friends suggestions !  I remember emailing him about something but perhaps 2 years earlier with the same email addy I'd used on FB so it looks like FB matches your email addy up with anyone else who may have it in their address book

 

Worse than that, click on his friends list and up comes basically all his staff, real names, faces, family photos thelot.

 

Needless to say I didn't add anyone but be warned !!

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Twitter suggests ego to me and fits quite comfortably into the marketing of a WG. Punters who do blogs and tweet are egocentrics. Probably boring nobodies trying to make themselves sound important and interesting.

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If you want to read a working girls twitter feed just find her handle @xyx and put it into Google. Her feed will usually be the first result. There is usually a link to a summary of her photos further down the list of results.

 

Now have a read of her feed and positively die of boredom. If anything it'll probably put you off booking her, especially if she is a master of text speak.

 

So long as your browsing "In Private" (Microsoft) or "incognito" (Apple) this is much safer than faffing around with your own twitter account.

 

I would urge you to do this before faffing around setting up a secure account as you'll see that you are missing precisely FA.

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