Twitter has really taken this nation by storm. It seems like ever since we learned about this “twitter” in PR class that is all people can talk about. I find myself browsing people’s tweets constantly finding it entertaining and useful. Twitter is such a great place to market, network and research.
Two of my family members find twitter is creepy, and they are constantly sending me articles about why I should not Twitter.
So I was not surprised when I checked my email this morning and found:
The email linked me to a MSNBC article written by Helen Popkin that described how one person’s tweet got him fired.
This got me thinking, “How can people be so silly?” Of course your employers are searching the web!
This guy in the article tweeted, “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.” Of course the company found the tweet, and was not very happy.
Even though twitter is a great place to express how you feel it also a place where companies can see what you feel.
Then I was reading PR blogs for class, and I found PR Squared’s, a PR group who specializes in social media and marketing, blog posting “Twitter Rule #2 Remember that you are being watched.”
This blog brought up many great points. When we are working for clients, companies, etc. we have to keep in mind what we post may come back to haunt us. They discuss how if you are upset do not tweet something you will regret because what if a client sees it and reports it to your boss? Or what if a reporter sees? Do you really want something like that in an article?
Twitter is a fun social network site, but we have to keep in mind we are professionals. We take down our myspace and facebook photos that are not appropriate, and now we need to make sure we only tweet things our future bosses or clients would not be embrassed or angered to read.