Careful What You Tweet on Twitter
title=Text Messaging Under the Microscope} Regardless of what course the case against Hirsch runs, it could serve as a wake-up call to other text messaging service providers. For example, could Twitter-a social network with a text message service front end that lets users provide 140-character updates to friends, acquaintances and even strangers-be called upon to divulge Twitter posts from its users? Yes, Malone said.The case underscores the care users must take in leveraging collaborative technologies to communicate. Geoff Bock, an analyst who covers collaboration for the Gilbane Group, said text messages are likely viewed the same way as other forms of digital communication, such as e-mail. "When something is communicated electronically, there are very few rights or privacy," said Bock, who is not an attorney, but who generally noted the glut of cases where e-mails were turned over to litigators for court cases. "As we explore this wonderful world electronically, we also have to beware that whatever we say is recorded. When you are called [by law] to produce something, it is incumbent on you to produce it." flash mob" to enable quick collaboration for a big happening. Meanwhile, Malone said he expects the New York attorneys to get some of the text messaging content they asked for in their lawsuit, but not all of it. He is looking forward to further developments in the case, which could set the tone for future cases involving text messaging.
Biz Stone, co-founder and creative director of Twitter, did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.