Most of us use Twitter as it was intended – to @reply to people who talk to us, or to @reply to someone when we see a keyword we can respond to. But you know you can follow your friend’s vacation drive from Spokane to Miami or any other fascinating updates anytime you want by looking at their single Twitter stream by itself. Like, if you want to know what Ashton Kutcher is up to, just go look at his Twitter stream. Apparently Twitter stalking is something that is done these days, just another way life in the last few years has changed things for us, even legally! Look at this Tweet from Penelope Trunk:
So – you can stalk someone manually by going and looking at their stream by itself, or there is a Firefox addon called TweetStalk, which allows you to follow someone without them knowing you are doing so. You can see their Tweets but they don’t know they have a follower. I have to say, I really don’t see the value in this. I mean, why not just create a Twitter account with some oddball name and put a strange picture up there and maybe an innocent Tweet, then follow your friend all you want? TweetStalk does allow you to create an RSS feed of your stalkee’s Tweets, but so does Twitter itself! Just go to the person’s profile page and look at the very last thing on the right – below the thumbnails of people they are following. Grab that RSS feed and a few more, and you can make yourself one very creepy educational Google Reader!
I don’t know who would spend time doing this, but I guess it’s important to mention once again, if you are Tweeting under your real name, be aware that employers, exes, in-laws, and the world can stalk you any time they want.
Photo credit: ~Sage~