Don’t think what you say online matters? Think again!
On Facebook, Dan Leone, a now former employee of the Philadelphia Eagles, posted this status update:
“Dan is ******* devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver…Dam Eagles are Retarded.”
Result: FIRED from working with the Philadelphia Eagles! DOH!
On Twitter, one job seeker who was offered a job Tweeted this:
“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.”
To which someone at Cisco responded:
“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.”
In this economy (and with the Internet’s memory) it’s going to be a LONG time before either person finds a new one.
So what can we learn from this?
Second, everything you say online is captured FOREVER and it will be re-broadcast all over the world. The Cisco guy now has pages and pages of “re-tweets” for the phrase “cisco fatty” and there are 309 (soon to be 310) Google blog searches for “cisco fatty.”
Think twice before saying “Sally is a fat head” or “I hate my boss Phil!” Folks are listening. You probably are friends with someone who knows someone who knows someone who is friends with your boss, your co-worker, or your HR director.
What can YOU learn from this?