When Twitter Bites

Have you ever posted something on social media then later regretted the post?  Maybe  you offended someone, misspelled a word or should’ve counted to ten before tweeting about your bad experience at the new trendy restaurant…it happens to everyone.

There are articles written weekly about companies and people screwing up on social media by posting something stupid or insensitive.  I feel like eventually people will learn, but no we are all humans and humans make mistakes everyday.

The NBA Draft was last Thursday and several young men became millionaires and discovered their new team and home city.  It’s a joyous night for these men and their families…hard work paid off and all that.  Most of the draftees are 19-22 years old…very young men thrust into the immediate spotlight.

That spotlight now includes a deep dive into their social media posts.  As Larry Nance, Jr and Bobby Portis learned…tweets from three years ago were found and exposed.

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Ouch! And guess what? He got drafted by the Lakers…home of Kobe Bryant!

 

And Bobby was drafted by the Bulls!

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I’m not sure you could make this up if you tried.  While the tweets are unfortunate for the two players, it’s a reminder to think about what you post on social media. {especially if you plan to play a pro sport one day…the sports gods have a real sense of humor!} Hopefully the rookie hazing won’t be too bad for these two…can’t blame Bobby for being a Heat fan! The other guy might be in for a rough time though.

There’s a small movement of ‘tweet deleters’ who believe you should delete tweets because Twitter is ‘in the moment’ and tweets should not live on…much like Snapchat’s popular platform for vanishing the image after a few seconds.  I can see how this could catch on for tweets.

I can’t remember what I had for dinner last night much less what I tweeted in 2012! Hence why I try very hard to make sure that my tweets don’t come back to bite me in the ass.

Just a while back, someone tweeted me about a tweet of mine from last year; supporting a friend in an elected race.  The person was challenging my support of my friend by retweeting my old 2014 tweet. This is possible now by searching Twitter or using Google search. I’m not ashamed of the tweet but it’s an example of how if someone is looking for something specific, they can now find it in your social media posts.

Remember, you don’t have to run for public office or be a pro athlete to have your social media posts searched…most employers do this now before hiring someone.  So, keep it positive and friendly!

 

 

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