Twitter is popular. Twitter is everywhere. You can tell the world what you’re up to but a careless unsuspecting tweet could spell trouble.
Just check out the following mishaps:
- How to tweet yourself out of a job
Cisco offered someone a job, and this made him think (and tweet) on weighing a fatty paycheck against commuting to San Jose and hating work.
- Ketchum employee visiting Fedex in Memphis tweets he’ll die if he lives there
A Fedex employee found the tweet, copied the management and the chain of command at Ketchum.
- NBA Player becomes Twitter addict
CV31, Milwaukee Bucks’ Charlie Villanueva gets into trouble for tweeting in a halftime break. Who can blame him? Twenty four minutes later, the Bucks beat the Boston Celtics. OK, he’ll suspend those halftime tweets.
- Juror’s Twitter comment could cause a mistrial
Jonathan Powell’s tweet about a case of a construction company losing $12m could overturn a decision: “So, Johnathan, what did you do today?” Oh, nothing really. I just gave away TWELVE MILLION DOLLARS of somebody else’s money!
- MSNBC writer insults Twitterati
Thinks “If voyeurism is your thing, this is why Twitter is for you.”
- Brand name squatting leads to people thinking BBC is publishing insult
An apparently stolen (or squatted) BBC account fires back an insult after a charity boss slams it for failing to air a Disaster Emergencies Committee’s Gaza appeal. The moral of the story: brands should claim their Twitter accounts pretty soon.
- Rocky Mountain News reporter tweets a funeral
Reporter Berny Morson thought sending tweets as live coverage of a funeral is a cool thing to do.
- PR blogger Steve Rubel learns a thing or two on impulsive Twitter updates
Thought his free PC Magazine subscriptions deserve to be in the trash.
- Surgeons learn to tweet too!
This doesn’t exactly qualify as tweetering gone bad. But somehow it’s hard to imagine someone wielding a scalpel on one hand and an iPhone on the other, sending surgery procedure updates.
Home break-in gets spontaneous coverage
Ditto. Revision3 COO David Prager had 14 tweets to describe what a stranger is doing in is house.
- Reporter’s Twitter tirade with a consultant goes public
David George-Cosh of Canada’s National Post got mad April Dunford did not return is call. She fired back — in Twitter, and all hell broke loose.
- Mark Cuban finds alternative means to get fined
Mark Cuban, owner of NBA’s Dallas Mavericks gets fined for sending Twitter updates critical of the way officials handled a basketball game involving his team.
scary part of that play: Same crew chief from game in Denver where they missed call – last play of the game & 1st JRSmith/Wright issue.
What an expensive way to express your freedom of speech.
- What if terrorists also use Twitter?
A US congressman tweets his arrival in Baghdad and prompts a review of Pentagon policies.
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