It's totally insane to me how much information people are putting about themselves out onto the Internet. Crackdowns like this one in Egypt are being made much easier, and political dissent is much easier to shut down when everybody's using Twitter. People just love to overshare information (oh look I'm on vacation!), and that opens them up to attacks from all sides. Stay private!
Ultimately, the things that we put on social media are things that we voluntarily reveal to at least a segment of the public. It's a choice to publish personal information on social media, and the individual retains full control over what/ how much to publish. Once it's public, it's public. And while it's unfortunate that we have to consider things like whether to post pictures of our children for free that child molesters will track our movements and kidnap our children or, in this case, follow our social media account and target us for our sexual preference, it was, in the beginning, our choice to publish such information. Just as we have slowly become aware that the use of a credit card number or social security number can expose us to the dangers of identity theft, in this era, we should remember that the things we expose to the world on social media can be used for evil purposes. In revealing that information anyway, we assume the risk that it will be used for those purposes.
Sharing information on social media is risky for anyone, but members of the LGBT community are at the most risk because a large number of people hate them and want them eliminated. By identifying themselves on social media, they are exposing themselves to many people who seek to do them harm.
People place photographs of themselves, their friends and family and updates about their thoughts and actions. on social media. Even if they don't use their real names, it is quite easy for other people, including the authorities, to identify and track down individuals. This can endanger their lives and the lives of those around them.