Your tweets are not your own!

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Think about this disclaimer: “All tweets are my own.” It’s a popular declaration, used by people who fear retribution from an employer, based on something they post on Twitter or another social media platform. Podcasters Scott Stratten and Alison Kramer make some interesting points about this.

If you’re frightened by a 53-minute video, just scrub through to the 17:00 mark, where Stratten and Kramer expound on the statement, “All tweets are my own.”

I imagine the disclaimer would be of little use to a teacher, who blogs or tweets or posts to Facebook something that an administrator sees as detrimental to the image of the district. In fact, the examples of educators being terminated for irresponsible posts to social media are legion, and one has to believe that many of them used the disclaimer, “my tweets (or posts) are my own.”

While the realization may be sad, it’s critically important to consider and understand that your tweets are definitely NOT your own!

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Mark Barnes is the author of many education books, including Bestseller Hacking Education, part of his Hack Learning Series, books that solve big problems with simple ideas. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and student-centered learning. Join more than 100,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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