(DEC 23) After hearing about some
issues that have come to WBAN's attention concerning
the social network "Twitter"----WBAN decided to put out a few
helpful tips, suggestions and examples of "tweets" that
Some of the problems at times with Twitter is that it can allow
one to blurt out things to the whole world that can be regretted
after it is posted.
Depending on the severity of the
comments by the "Tweets", it can also have negative consequences
or reactions from others for such blunders.
If you think that "Twitter" cannot come back to "bite"
you....check out the following for just a few examples...
In July of 2012, Kathlyn Ehl, a policy staffer for the Rob
McKenna for Governor campaign shared some of her positions on
Asians and the Elderly in a series of "Tweets". You can
read those "Screen saved" tweets on this site: Go
Here There is a subsequent apology by Ms. Ehl
saying the following: "My actions were not just
unfortunate, they were offensive,” she told the [Seattle
Times-reported on CBS Seattle]. “It is a lesson to others
that social media comments made in frustration not only can hurt
others, but they exist long after the moment has passed.” She’ll
reportedly keep her job." [Full
Let's move on to some athletes who have "tweeted" their
little hearts away, and ended up in the following article link: "Dumbest
Tweets by Athletes". Check out what these athletes
said, and the consequences of some of those unfortunate
Want to check out some more of
"the dumbest" tweets on the net?
Wish no further, this article entitled, "A Sampling of
Dumb Things Athletes said in Social Media" will give more
examples of some questionable judgments for "Tweeting"...Go
Other interesting links for
tweets some probably regret putting on the net.....
Article: Don't blame Twitter when journos tweet
Link to article
Article: The 6 Dumbest Things You Have
(Probably) Done on Twitter
Folks, these types of articles
are all over the net....
Maybe some who choose to tweet ridiculous and thoughtless
remarks, may want to do a little bit research on what to say and
not say on social network sites where everyone has access to
read such comments----NOT TO MENTION....copy and paste the
comments, or even worse "screen save" their remarks that can be
shared with any and everyone WORLDWIDE!
I especially enjoyed some
great tidbit suggestions for "Tweeting" on netliteracy.org that
said the following:
Just follow the “golden rule.” Be honest, thoughtful,
respectful, and consistent online. Treat others as you want to
be treated. Say “thank you” often and that you’re sorry when an
apology is appropriate. Carefully listen to feedback and use
Remember the Internet law of Predictable Consequences. The
more outrageous and damaging the material you post or send, the
more likely it will be to go viral and mess up your reputation,
friendships, and opportunities. (Courtesy, Nancy Willard,
Embrace Civility in the Digital Age.)
Be articulate and impactful while reflecting well on
yourself. It's easier to persuasive if you’re blogs contain no
misspellings, good sentence structure, and excellent grammar
(did you catch all of the distracting mistakes in this point?)
Stay grounded in reality. The Internet is very cool and creating
an outstanding net reputation is important, but most of us still
spend more time in the real world. Your net reputation should be
as good as and consistent with your real world reputation, and
To read the complete article on suggestions,
In search of MORE SUGGESTED and HELPFUL HINTS for
Article: 25 Things That Make You Look Dumb on
by Ryan Pinkham on Constant Contact Blogs
I think by now, you all get the drift...Don't say stupid and
hurtful things on the net for all to see, and then expect to
retract them easily. Think twice before you hit the "Send"