Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook can be a fun way to share your opinion on everything from lunch to popular television show Lost. But it seems that nobody remembers that anyone can see what you say. One young lady from California found out just how true that was after she blew a job offer in less than 140 characters on the popular microblogging site, Twitter.
On her way home from an interview with Cisco Systems, Inc., this job applicant shared the following tweet, "Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work."
Somehow she missed the fact that Cisco, a technology company, is pretty web savvy and received a quick reply from Cisco channel advocate Tim Levad. He tweeted to her: "Who is the hiring manager? I'm sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web."
While there's no definitive answer to whether the individual involved lost their job offer, the fact that her "fatty paycheck" comment has given birth to the Cisco Fatty meme with its own website and is a top trend on Twitter, it's highly likely that someone at Cisco knows who this is and how they feel about their new job.For the record, airing the fact that you hate your job online is possibly one of the worst things you can do right now, short of looking at porn on the job. This isn't the first time someone's lost their job due to a throwaway comment made online. Last year 13 Virgin Atlantic employees lost their jobs due to Facebook usage, calling a job boring on Facebook was enough to get an employee in England canned, and an employee of the Eagles football franchise was fired after calling his employer "retarted[sic]" in a status update.
While it's easy to label Twitter the problem, the real issue is the fact that people don't think before they post, and lose sight of the fact that everyone can see what they post on Facebook or Twitter. The technology itself is far from evil, however. Twitter can become a support group for people who lose their jobs and even a tool for finding a new job. The social connections available on Twitter are even more important with fewer job openings. Now more than ever, landing a job is about who you know, even if you only know them on Twitter.
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