I posted a few days ago about the power of Twitter as a marketing tool. Well, here's a story on the dangers of twitter. I posted earlier today about a site I know of that have produced a great little product linking OSCommerce to KashFlow Someone I talk to on Twitter (and infact got a mention and a link in the other thread) is dahowlett. We had the following conversaton. Now bear in mind that as far as I am aware, I'm just having an inconsequential conversation on Twitter whilst going about my day - not being interviewed, not being asked for a formal response to anything This is in reference to a claim somewhere on the site I linked to saying we have 15k customers. dahowlett is well aware of my blog post a few weeks back saying we have 2,500 paying customers. AndI thought that was the end of it. But a little later he posts: If you click through then you'll see a post on his blog which is what I think they call "a hatchet job" I'm quoted out of context and made to look like I'm sayng all sorts and giving flippant answers. Obviously if I was asked for a considered response (to the actual questions posed on the blog and written next to my "responses") I would have answered properly. To confirm the malicious intent, he later posts on Twitter: and The moral of the story? Be careful how you respond to questions on Twitter, even if they are from people you may consider to be "friendlies" I think it's meant to be teaching me some sort of lesson about our very public 'battle' with Sage. But this is a guy who doesn't get marketing. His response to me about one of my most popular (and deliberatley controversial) blog posts - "Why are designers not good at business" - was along the lines of "Why don't you just get a designer in and stop moaning about it?" Luckily for me his blog is only read by people in my industry (competitors, etc) and is of no interest to my potential customers. And those that do read it are bright enough to see the post for what it is. But it could have been worse for me if it was done by someone with a decent size readership of relevance to me Don't say you haven't been warned!