How to lose a job via Twitter

24Mar09

I think that the Darwin awards needs to have a new classification under the 2.0 category.

Top of this list today would be @theconner on Twitter who made this ridiculous post:

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.

For some strange reason some people really believe that the things they tweet are private. (I am not talking about the very few people who turn on privacy settings in Twitter).

Either way, as a result of this clever Tweet, the ‘community’ rallied against poor theconner and said:

timmylevad: @theconnor 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.

eweek points out “that "theconnor," who has since made private settings (with an ironic image that appears to have something stuffed in its mouth), is being wryly referred to as "cisco fatty" now. Not only has this response garnered a whole lot of attention from members of Twitter who are ridiculing the heck out of this person, it’s also spawned a Website ciscofatty.com.”

This post isn’t here to poke fun at theconner but merely to emphasise the view that what is published on Twitter is open to Google Alerts, searching and remains forever. Be careful, considerate and authentic with everything that is written.

Thanks to Graeme Thickins for pointing this story out on Twitter



4 Responses to “How to lose a job via Twitter”

  1. Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear. I sense another reluctant web 2.0 hero – or should that be a Web 2.zero? – about to be pushed blinking into the limelight. Youch.

  2. Unfortunately, there seems to be an endless list of people trying to take this position

  3. Job applicants have to remember that potential employers are now checking out any prospect through Google. I’ve written a number of blog posts with advice for using Google Alerts to track these type of searches before they cause trouble: http://www.alertrank.com/mrgooglealerts/category/job-search/


  1. 1 links for 2009-03-26 « Brendan Cooper, your friendly neighbourhood social media strategist

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