You know that old saying, ‘do not run mouth unless brain is engaged’?
These days there should be a rule about not posting to social media unless brain is engaged.
Better yet, some kind of hardware similar to the gadget that prevents a car from starting if the driver can’t pass a breathalyzer test.
Media is full of stories about people who were fired for what they tweeted.
The rationalization I hear from various people is that it won’t happen to them because “I’m different.” They say that “they (those fired) were nobodies, i.e., low-level workers or unemployed, while they are “professionals,” i.e., they have clout.
Once I stop laughing I remind them of all those with clout who sent stupid tweet that cost them their jobs.
Now I just send them a link listing 13 Twitter-savvy somebodys fired for their tweets.
Whether you’re a somebody or a nobody, read the list.
Then be sure your brain is engaged before you post a tweet — every time.
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