There are lots of things you can do with Twitter. Tweet hilarious things, for instance. Employ hashtags for fun and amusement. Share information. Read the latest, greatest, breaking-est news. Follow people who know things you want to know; be followed by others. Share viral videos. Make online friends and enemies. Make mistakes. And, of course, you can get a job, or you can lose one. We tend to hear more about the latter than the former, but the getting-of-a-job is officially an in-real-life Twitter capability, as Rachel Emma Silverman and Lauren Weber report in The Wall Street Journal: "Twitter is becoming the new job board. It is also becoming the new résumé." That pronouncement is bolstered by the recent example of @DawnSiff's viral Vine résumé, which she tweeted and which got her a project manager gig at the Economist Group's commercial unit (it bears mentioning that she'd been looking for a job for six months, taking "64 hours of continuing education classes," and attending a bunch of networking events as well as going on informational and legitimate job interviews in the process). A tweet can do something, but it can't do everything.
Pronouncing social media the new job-finding tool, of course, not exactly new. For quite a while people have been concerned that what they say on Twitter might be taken by potential employers as not exactly fabulous in terms of hiring. That leads to a desire, maybe even a sort of madness, about putting the strategically manipulated "brand of you" up front and center in the best possible light, and with that comes lots of Twitter manuevering, though it goes in different directions depending on the job or life said person wants (if they want to be a comedian, for instance, their tweets and bio will be different than if they want to be a CBS anchor—or at least, they should be). But the sort of creepy new aspect to the so-called Twitter résumé is that instead of sending your potential new boss an earnest, bullet-pointed list of the skills you think qualify you for the job (which one hopes few aside from management will need to see), you've got a mere 140 characters to put your best foot forward for any and all jobs you might want. And everyone else in the world can see that.