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Dawn Rosenberg McKay

How Twittering Can Get You Fired

By April 23, 2009

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I want people to have common sense when it comes to not doing things that can get you fired. Is that asking too much? It drives me up a wall when I hear about people putting their jobs in jeopardy. These days it's too easy to lose a job for no reason other than the economy. Why then would someone intentionally do something that would harm his or her career? Probably because many people don't know better. But, boy how I wish they did! For example, don't get caught out and about on a day you called in sick, don't badmouth your boss and co-workers and most importantly, DON'T POST ABOUT IT ONLINE (and yes, I'm shouting).

ResumeBear, in a post titled 30 Ways to Lose a Job on Twitter, tells you what topics to stay away from when Twittering and gives some examples of actual tweets. You will either be ROTFL or getting a knot in your stomach as you see some posts that look remarkably familiar. Hopefully it's the former.

April 24, 2009 at 6:33 pm
(1) E. Sheppard says:

I totally agree. People need to be VERY careful what they put out there on the internet. PLUS today employers are looking at what people are doing on company time and can see exactly what is going on in the office online too.

I look forward to reading the article you suggest. Good article.

May 14, 2009 at 12:22 am
(2) Jessie says:

I got fired for twittering—my boss was the only person from work that “followed” my page. Although there was nothing derogatory, defamatory or anything like that on my twitter page—she said it linked to my facebook page and that what she saw was unprofessional. So, they terminiated me saying that I dont represent the company well. Goes to show–some of your “friends” that you allow to view your page will use it against you!

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