Monday News: Cleaning up my timeline.

My Twitter is set up primarily as an information and news source. I am connected to a few friends, several news outlets, journalists, and other professionals in fields I am interested in keeping up with. Imagine my surprise when a firsthand blow by blow of a domestic altercation between a former professional athlete, his wife and one of her friends found its way into my timeline. I really did not think that was my business so I made some changes, and once again, all is peaceful in the realm of my timeline.

I know that our society is really into getting all possible details into celebrities (and former celebrities’) lives, but sometimes I really would not mind getting back to the days when everybody famous’ business was not all over the tv and web.

When reality and online life collide.

We all know someone who has gone out and made a complete idiot of himself or herself utilizing social media. MySpace was the original home of incriminating photos and all kinds of other foolishness, but these days, it’s all about Facebook and Twitter. I’ve seen people incriminate themselves in so many ways on both. According to the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (yep, the divorce attorneys), 81 percent of their members have used or faced evidence pulled from social media (including MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube) over the past five years. Here are some of the highlights.

— Husband goes on and declares his single, childless status while seeking primary custody of said nonexistent children.

— Husband denies anger management issues but posts on Facebook in his “write something about yourself” section: “If you have the balls to get in my face, I’ll kick your ass into submission.”

— Father seeks custody of the kids, claiming (among other things) that his ex-wife never attends the events of their young ones. Subpoenaed evidence from the gaming site World of Warcraft tracks her there with her boyfriend at the precise time she was supposed to be out with the children. Mom loves Facebook’s Farmville, too, at all the wrong times.

— Mom denies in court that she smokes marijuana but posts partying, pot-smoking photos of herself on Facebook. (I have personally seen some people mess themselves up with so-called party photos. There IS such a thing as too much information. )

So, you log on and the FBI is your friend?

That has got to suck. Especially if you are the wrong person, who the FBI suspects from time to time. Or that person’s relative.