Get yourself fired in 140 characters, or less!

At the beginning of this month, I posted an article about having your own brand on the Internet. Last night on MSNBC was an article posted about a guy that tweeted something about his pending new employer, that quite possibly, would have lost him the new job.

Why? Because he tweeted the following:

Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.

Then, literally, moments later someone tweeted the following:

Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.

He tried changing his profile to private so that it would not be included in the public timeline but the Internet is a funny place, with caching and all. Someone even created a website in honour of him, nicknamed CiscoFatty.

It seems people just don’t understand that if you say something on the Internet, and especially so on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter that someone you may not want to find out, is bound to find out. But my boss isn’t on my friend’s list, I hear you say. Yes, that may be so but the theory behind six degrees of separation means that your boss is connected to you, whether you like it or not.

The MSNBC article includes some great “case-studies” of people that have gotten themselves into serious trouble by virtue of what they said online.

Thanks for the link, Baldricman.


2 Responses to “Get yourself fired in 140 characters, or less!”

  1. CiscoFatty is actually a female, which brings up an interesting question.

    What if somebody is rewriting your own personal branding for you? In other words, is it possible to frame somebody online?

    What if a jealous colleague wants to ruin your career by making you look bad to future employers? Can a competitor misuse your name that way.

    • @Robin – You pose a very interesting question there. With the boom of social-networking and so many different ways that you can be identified/portrayed online it makes it so much easier for someone to pretend to be you and just about do/say what they want. Case in point, although not malicious in any way, was someone that created the cwalken Twitter account to express some of his thoughts but in the voice of the legendary Christopher Walken.

      However, I think that if “CiscoFatty” was framed she would/should have spoken out by now.

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