So lately there have been all sorts of news stories of people either losing their job for a "social networking" post, OR not being hired for a potential employment opportunity because of a previous "social networking" post. For example, a waiter was fired after tweeting that a cheap ass celebrity (that's right folks someone making WAY more money than you and me) left without leaving a tip. Turns out she left without paying her bill at all, and then after reading the tweet sent her publicist to pay the bill the next day. You can click the link to read the story. Apparently she went back and slapped a tip down on the table before the guy got canned, but ultimately he was dismissed for expressing himself to his "peeps" via his "tweets".
Why exactly is it, that in today's web 2.0 environment, where we communicate with our friends and family, whether those friends are virtual or real(not to imply my virtual buddies are not "real" friends, because they are), via social networking forums, or via text, can we not say that we hate our jobs, or are bored to tears, or that so and so is a moron, when in fact they are a moron? What is the difference in this guy posting his "tweet" or calling a friend who also relays the conversation to his sister, who tells her BFF, who is a third cousin of a guy who works as a pizza delivery driver, who delivers pizza three times a week to an editor, who writes for People magazine, who sites him as an anonymous source and publishes the story, and millions read it that way?
I am just going to put this out there. I am not editing myself for the sake of someone who might potentially one day employ me. I should be able to post what I want, when I want, about what I want, as long as I do it on my time. I understand that employers feel they should fire people for tweeting or posting FB statuses that are during business hours and on "company time". But, if I am on my freakin' lunch break, or happy hour, or at night letting off steam, saying what I would have to have had 16 phone conversations to get off my chest, and being resourceful by posting it as my status, therefor saving myself precious time, because my time is just as valuable to me as yours, then you should totally think that I am a multi-tasking machine who utilizes technology to take 16, 15 minute tasks, and shortened them to 140 effin characters that took, at most 30 seconds to type, thereby making me a freaking genius. Which BTW-afforded me the the time to slack off at work. Seriously, anyone who can shorten 4 hours worth of phone work into a 30 second status post is nothing to be slighted. Imagine the power I can summon with unlimited characters and a BLOG baby!
My mantra is, and has always been, and always will be, "What you see is what you get. If you like me great, if you don't, I don't give a damn!" It won't change because I FB, or tweet, or blog, or get old, or get famous when I get published.
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