5 Social Media Lessons: What NOT To Do 8

Social media isn’t anything new, but the lessons people keep learning are. While it’s amazing some of these mistakes were even made to begin with, here five things that you should not do on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social network site, along with some real-life examples to show what happens if you do make these mistakes.


1. Don’t talk bad about your boss

  • As this woman learned, calling your boss a “wanker” in your Facebook status update isn’t a good move – especially if you if you are Facebook friends with them. Her boss left a public comment on her status update telling her to pack up her things and head home.

2. Don’t insult your company (or your client)

  • UK resident James Brennan was fired after writing “F*** the Partnership” (referring to his employer) on his Facebook wall. He was quickly handed a pink slip.
  • Philadelphia Eagles stadium worker Dan Leone was upset when this team didn’t re-sign Brian Dawkins and wrote “Dan is ******* devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver…Dam Eagles are Retarded,” on Facebook. He was soon fired.
  • After being offered a job at Cisco, @theconnon wrote on Twitter, “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.” Someone at Cisco saw the tweet and her offer was quickly rescinded.
  • Ketchum VP James Andrews wrote on Twitter that he would die if he lived in Mephis, the location of his client, FedEx. Some FedEx employees saw his tweet and wrote a letter to management, attracting attention across the Internet and forcing both Andrews and Ketcheum to issue apologies.

3. Don’t let compromising photos end up online

  • Anglo Irish Bank intern Kevin Colvin took a day off from work because of a family emergency – which was actually a Halloween party. When his boss saw some interesting photos posted on Facebook he left a sarcastic comment for the whole office to see.
  • After seriously injuring a woman in a car accident, Joshua Lipton attended a halloween party dressed in a prison uniform. His judge didn’t see the humor and sentences him to two years in prison, admitting that the picture (which was used as evidence during trial) was a factor in his decision.

4. Students: Don’t offer to pay others to do your work

  • University of Buffalo basketball player Andy Robinson didn’t feel like writing a paper, so he wrote a post on Facebook offering to pay someone else to write it for him. As you can image, this didn’t go over very well with the University.

5. Don’t be a bully

  • Former National Post reporter David George-Cosh had a complete meltdown on Twitter when he confronted marketing consultant April Dunford about not returning his phone call. David ended up leaving the Post almost immediately and is now based in Abu Dhabi, UAE for The National newspaper.

What other lessons can you think you?

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