Wired is a technology magazine that does not understand how this whole Internet thing works.
They have an article that borders on infantile moronic:
I'm Deleting All My Old Tweets Because Nothing Matters
So stupid is this nincompoopity that I seriously wonder if all white people should be legally required to take a common sense test before they get a license write or speak professionally in a public forum.
The article is pure fear-mongering and cowardice that is as short-sighted as it can get. If this is some sort of advertorial for a Tweet-deleting service, or just trying to sound in-the-know and aware, I don't actually care.
There is brainless meta-propaganda with the word "weaponize" which all of the hick reporters use to reveal their intellectual limitations. In this case, tweets can be weaponized.
Nagging mommy-speak, but one that makes no sense.
This is a writer who has obviously not reached Level Four of Jean Piaget's hierarchy of cognitive development.
Because if this person did reach it and understood how this whole Internet thing worked, the writer in question would know that you can delete your Tweet..and it is still out there.
People will download everything you write, for starters. If you think your ex-boyfriend or rival isn't downloading your garbage, rest assured that you are gullible.
Governments save everything you write, too. For example, Homeland Security paid little visits to both my LinkedIn page and Facebook page...and left a calling card each time. If you can buy anyone's Facebook information on the Dark Web for a couple of bucks, then you can buy their Twitter junk, too.
I don't care because I am not a coward, but I can delete and deactivate, and I know it is still there somewhere.
Big Data companies save that information. Monitoring services save it, too, let alone online archiving services where people put in links; so you delete it, and someone saves it before you hit delete.
Even companies that crow about deleting tweets could very well keep a copy as well.
Foreign governments and domestic governments keep records. Big Tech keep records, even when they deny it. They allow other to keep records. Hackers keep records.
So if you think deleting your tweets means you have done something other than a engage in a waste-of-life activity, you are not smart enough to be left unsupervised with social media.
This is a classic example of a Middle Class Whitebread Easy Answer To Life article.
Even if the Internet vanished tomorrow, many someone's out there will keep your tweets on the record.
If someone is going to throw your words in your face, they will do it, even if it means making junk up.
Do people actually stand their ground with what they say anymore?
As in, "Yes, I said it. Deal with it, and grow a pair of ovaries because I will keep doing it."
If you are expecting universal applause for your every thought, you have some serious reality, maturity, and ego issues.
But what is most telling of this narrative is how journalists are now seeing finding contradictory evidence through research as bad thing. Do not go back and look at who a person happens to be? Really?
I have had interviews recently because of my new book -- and each time, the interviewer took the words that I wrote from twenty years ago and brought them up during the interview. They also looked at my old posts here and read them.
That is what you are suppose to do, not go around deleting your tweets and then tell the little people to do the same. That is why I put links to everything I know is out there about me, and I am planning on scanning every print article in my collection and create repository here.
Wired does not get how this whole Internet thing works anymore...they got too old and too scared, and now shake in their boots as they shake their fingers at no one in particular...