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Beware of your online contributions, they can come back to hurt you in legal settings. You must remember that there is a digital trail of everything you post online. Discovery rules vary state to state. It is best to practice save surfing. What you may perceive as paranoia is really just good practice.
The following guidelines apply to:
Assume that whenever you hit send, your message will be available to a plaintiff attorney who will twist it to suit his/her needs. The only potential exception is direct email communication to your personal legal counsel. Please verify that local laws protect this form of communication before making an assumption of privacy.
[This pearl is a review of published general recommendations on privacy practices and should not be interpreted as, or replace competent legal advice.]
Brenner, Ilene MD. Anything you tweet can, and will, be used against you. Emergency Physician's Monthly. September 2009. Vol 16-9.