Tweet Costs a Worker Her Job
A worker in Pennsylvania just lost her job over a tweet. The Associated Press reports,
Social media specialist Vanessa Williams lost her job with the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. after she used the agency’s official Twitter account on Friday to tweet: “We start summer hours today. That means most of the staff leave at noon, many to hit the links. Do you observe summer hours? What do you do?” Williams was given severance papers over the weekend, partly because of the Twitter message, President and CEO Phil Mitman told The Morning Call of Allentown.
The LVEDC was embarrassed by the inference that their workers all cleared out noon to go golfing, and quickly retracted the tweet. They then fired Williams.
Let’s be honest. Most of us have tweeted things about our companies that are 10,000 time worse than this. Here’s the trick. Don’t do it on the company account! Next time Vanessa, do it on a personal profile. No one wants to be a news article warning others. Common sense when it comes to Twitter folks.
[Source: Associated Press]