It has come to the point where I personally have no sympathy for people that can’t seem to grasp the sheer idiocy of misusing social media, especially Twitter. Pitbull’s embarrassing attempt on Memorial Day was the worst example. Until now. Obviously, it didn’t take long at all for another record to be broken by someone who just doesn’t get nor seems to WANT to get it.
Save, of course, if they’re under the age of 13. That seems to be the age where even the more dense among us can understand the damage Twitter can and will do to a personal image and a professional career.
So let’s get down to business with the “Top 5 Twits on Twitter” as of today. Granted, it could change in seconds and likely already has by the time this goes to press, but you get the idea behind them.
“TOP 5 TWITS ON TWITTER”
#5: “CAN I PUNCH YOU VIA TWITTER?”
Former North Carolina QB Marquise Williams and a lot of those who bleed Tar Heels colors aren’t exactly thrilled with former basketball player Rashad McCants, despite the fact he helped the Tar Heels win a National Championship back in 2005. That’s because McCants recently slammed his Alma mater and took some shots at Head Coach Roy Williams, who comes as close to being a deity in Chapel Hill as the real thing to some devotees.
To which Marquise, who never played for Roy Williams but is undoubtedly seeking brownie points with the college fan base, used Twitter to promise a physical altercation to come.
This is, of course, a threat of physical violence which may seem harmless, but is in effect the nexus of a felony should anything actually happen down the road. Then again, the fact McCants won a National Championship in his sport and Williams never sniffed one in his during those college years AND didn’t get drafted by any NFL team AND was signed as a free agent by the Green Bay Packers only to be among the final cuts in 2016, I’m certain had nothing to do with it.
Either way, don’t use Twitter to threaten you’ll beat someone up if you ever see them. For one thing, the other guy is ready. Never telegraph your moves to an adversary. You’ll look bad with the tweet and then even worse if you’re the one with the fat lip.
#4: “LOOK AT THE DEAD PEOPLE & BUY MY SPONSORS PRODUCTS”
When a bomb goes off at a packed concert killing and maiming innocent people, most of them young girls, don’t try to be smarmy and jack up your Twitter views by trying to make a joke as they’re still figuring out the body count.
David Leavitt is a free lance writer, judging by his work not one I would personally ever call a “journalist” as it would only besmirch the good people who make that their profession, and while he wasn’t at the concert, decided to try and make a few more bucks from the carnage. Leavitt, you see, is someone who gets paid by sponsors because he’s famous for writing inane notes and being photographed holding the sponsors product for the world to see on Instagram. He later, of course, issued the standard apology making the excuse he didn’t “realize the magnitude of the tragedy”.
Only a senseless twit rushes to Twitter in order to say something about any potential serious event without knowing all the facts. As noted in the article, here’s hoping his sponsors beat feet away from someone who makes a buck from the damage done to others.
#3: “YOU CAN’T SPELL POTUS WITHOUT POS”
When you work for one of the biggest cable news networks in the world, you’ve gone over a line when you call the President, ANY sitting President for that matter, a piece of excrement.
Despite the fact Reza Aslan is not an employee of CNN but only hosts a show for them on what is basically a free-lance deal, he still represents CNN at this time and his mistake is transferred right to his employer. Once again, the requisite apology was issued, but if you were an employer seeking to remain above the fray, why would you allow someone so reckless to represent your brand? What happens to Aslan’s brand is his responsibility, but when you tweet or post anything on social media, you better believe your employer is watching. There are numerous instances where people have been fired because of what they said in a private post that did not jive with their employers way of thinking.
Honestly, Aslan should have been terminated for his actions. As his superior, I would have fired him in a heartbeat. Free speech is one thing, but when you represent someone elses brand, they have every right to take action when you toss your common sense out the window and make a jackass out of yourself.
#2: “I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO TRY COLLECTING UNEMPLOYMENT”
The recent London attacks on London Bridge and a nearby market sparked a thought in the mind of someone that used to work for Breitbart. Note the words “used to” in that sentence. And I use the word “mind” only assuming this individual has a working one.
Even a number of Katie McHugh’s co-workers hit the ceiling on this one, and editors at the far Right website apparently found this far too distasteful for their purposes. It comes down to a simple matter of evidence, for which there was none to support her comment, and the incendiary tone being taken against an entire religion at a time officials in the UK were still dealing with the aftermath and putting the pieces together. McHugh ripped open her ugly side after being fired going right back to Twitter and launching a text attack on her former co-workers while at the same time trying to land a new job. Distasteful, insulting, and another individual that apparently has no desire to be hired by anyone with a lick of integrity ever again.
Hey, if you’re going to commit career suicide, don’t settle for a small fire, but go for complete self-immolation as quickly as possible.
#1: “THE OLD ‘QUOTE THE NAZIS AND GET NOTICED’ PLOY”
#1: This one doesn’t need a tremendous amount of explanation. Let’s just leave it at using the words “final solution” in a tweet drops the “Massive Fail” tag in every aspect of personal and professional life.
Katie Hopkins, there’s the door. You, like so many others, have earned it and made the decision easy to make.
How about we finish with another award winning and necessary “Five Fingers of Reality”?
- Don’t rush to tweet something or post ANYTHING on social media. ANYTHING you have to “say” can wait a few seconds, maybe even a few minutes.
- THINK before you hit the button post. Then THINK again. Then again.
- READ what you have written and consider what is says about you personally and professionally.
- Understand that once you post it, it will NEVER DISAPPEAR. Everything on the Internet has a trail, and there are people out there seeking to capture your mistakes and mock you for them.
- Every word speaks to your image, your integrity, your level of responsibility, your desire (or lack thereof) to be accountable, and whether or not you should EVER be consider a leader.
This isn’t rocket science, people.