"Experts report that a victim can spend anywhere from six months to two years recovering from identity theft." (Source: CreditAgency.org)
"Most people don't find out they have been a victim of a stolen identity until they are turned down for a loan or credit card. A copy of their credit report explaining the denial may unveil weeks or months of fraud." (Source: CNNMoney)
Twittering to the world that you are eating a cheese sandwich won't hurt anyone, but giving away too much about yourself on social networking sites could hurt you without your being aware of it until it is too late.
The following links offer advice on protecting yourself from identity theft as well as advising on how to act responsibly and safely online: