How To Lose a Job in One Tweet

We’re all sort of new to this social media game.  Even those of us who call ourselves social media experts have only been experts as long as there have been social media tools – which, let’s be honest, hasn’t been all that long.  That’s why so many important social media lessons come when someone makes a mistake and the rest of the internet learns how NOT to use these tools.


Last week, this guy (who has since protected his Twitter updates – too little too, late my friend)  was offered a job at Cisco and promptly posted this on Twitter:

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

Anyone who knows anything about Twitter just groaned. 

(Un)luckily for @theconner, the tweet caught the attention of Tim Levad, a channel partner advocate for Cisco. To which he responded:

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.

@theconner removed the post and protected his updates almost immediately, but Twitter retained the search record and now, if you type in “cisco fatty” into Twitter search, you can see the firestorm of Tweets about this seemingly thoughtless individual who no doubt will NOT be the newest employee at Cisco next Monday. 

The lesson here?  Thou shalt not obnoxiously announce to the internet how much you will hate your new high-paying job as though you are sending a private text message to your best friend.  Be careful what you say on here, everyone is listening.

Posted by: Ashley / follow me on Twitter


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