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Connor Riley
Twitter post makes woman internet sensation

Social networking is huge online and people of all ages and demographics are using the sites for all sorts of reasons from keeping in touch with family and friends to running a business. The problem for many users of social networking sites is that often in the heat of an idle comment, people forget that social networks are an open forum.

Making comments that the poster thinks are sarcastic or joking may not strike other readers the same way. Twitter is one of the newer breed of social networking sites that lets users send short “tweets” to a group of friends or followers. Google's Eric Schmidt has called Twitter a "poor man's email system."

One of the myriad of problems that can result from postings to sites like Twitter is that a single comment can have serious implications for the poster. Recently, Connor Riley found herself in some hot water over a twitter post that has been dubbed the "Cisco Fatty" incident.

Riley posted a comment to her account that read, "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."

It wasn't long after that someone claiming to be a Cisco employee posted a reply saying, "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."

The "Cisco Fatty" incident is another example of how social networking can be used against those who post comments in legal cases and by potential employers.

Attorney Daliah Saper told The Chicago Tribune, "There's so many new ways to get in trouble online." Saper has a client who was put on probation at work after a co-worker reported a Twitter post to their supervisor.

Saper says, "Assume you can get in trouble for everything you say. Err on the side of caution. … For the employee, the take-away is assume the worst and that your boss is following your tweets."

The woman who posted the "Cisco Fatty" Tweet defended herself in a post on saying:

Through some quirk of college recruiting, I would up interviewing for a summer internship with Cisco which I hadn’t actually applied for and didn’t know much about. It turned out that the job was rather outside my area of academic and professional focus, and when I was offered the position I made the decision to turn it down.

Since I live at some distance from my close friends, I jokingly made a post on Twitter to them about the negative qualities of the job. I assumed it would be immediately apparent to them that I was being sarcastic and make it obvious what my decision had been. I didn’t realize that not having protected my updates on Twitter would quickly come back to haunt me.

The moral of the story is that users of social networking sites like Twitter, MySpace and Facebook need to keep the fact that posts are public and can be used against them in mind.

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privacy settings
By ADDAvenger on 3/27/2009 12:10:39 PM , Rating: 5
am I the only one that uses them?

RE: privacy settings
By inperfectdarkness on 3/27/09, Rating: 0
RE: privacy settings
By Repo503 on 3/27/2009 12:26:15 PM , Rating: 5
Um why bother blogging if no one can read it...although I guess that brings up another question; why do so many people think that other people want to read about them.

Tweets and blogs are something I guess I'll just never understand, suddenly everyone thinks they have important stuff to share with everyone.

RE: privacy settings
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 3/27/2009 12:48:41 PM , Rating: 5
Um why bother blogging if no one can read it...

Well he just not want to admit he keeps a diary.... Sounds more manly as private blog... I guess. :)

RE: privacy settings
By MikeMurphy on 3/27/2009 2:29:31 PM , Rating: 1
Its an irresponsible comment regardless of where she posted it or who read it.

She seems to lack any sense of professionalism.

RE: privacy settings
By Smilin on 3/27/2009 2:46:00 PM , Rating: 2

This isn't college anymore kid. Welcome to the real world and the worst job market in decades.

So put away your flip flops and your iPod and start treating jobs and offers with some respect.

RE: privacy settings
By CityZen on 3/27/2009 6:45:07 PM , Rating: 5

Hell no! Let's hope she keeps an open mind that allows her to think "This is an awful job and I'll probably hate it" for as long as possible.

RE: privacy settings
By Targon on 3/27/09, Rating: -1
RE: privacy settings
By xti on 3/30/2009 11:37:10 AM , Rating: 1
open mind or not, bad market or not, having a coworker who is in a job they hate sucks the life out of teams...especially if they are vocal about it.

No one likes to be around that.

Taking a job because there is nothing else, and taking a job that you hate are 2 different things.

RE: privacy settings
By bigjaicher on 3/27/2009 10:35:20 PM , Rating: 1
She can think all she wants, but if she says something, she should accept the consequences.

What she did is the technological parallel to going up to her boss and saying: "I hate this job and hate how it's sucking the soul out of my life."

Seriously, if you were a boss, would you not offer her, no, demand of her to take the easiest solution to her problem?

RE: privacy settings
By RagingDragon on 3/28/2009 8:04:19 PM , Rating: 2
What she did is the technological parallel to going up to her boss and saying: "I hate this job and hate how it's sucking the soul out of my life." Seriously, if you were a boss, would you not offer her, no, demand of her to take the easiest solution to her problem?

Either that, or the boss would agree with the sentiment and bemoan the fact he/she couldn't afford to quit/retire.

RE: privacy settings
By Smilin on 3/30/2009 1:30:41 PM , Rating: 2
I don't care if she hates the job or likes it, takes it or doesn't.

I think she needs to show some more professionalism and respect. If she doesn't then this job or some other is going to give her the smackdown.

RE: privacy settings
By mindless1 on 3/27/2009 6:11:28 PM , Rating: 1
I'm sorry but no, being honest and forthright is in no way a lack of professionalism. She wasn't giving away company secrets, had no NDA silencing her, and Cisco TOTALLY overreacted.

They must be dumb, if they think most people aren't weighing how much they're being paid, versus the job (which if they were being professional, would have sorted out that as she conceded she wasn't suited for) versus how far they travel and other concessions made.

However, there seems a lack of honesty on her part, if she had already decided to turn the job down then what did she care that they found out and how did it "quickly come back to haunt me"? She wouldn't get the job that she wasn't going to take anyway so what's the big deal unless she felt it's important to keep secret what I mentioned above, that everyone weighs several aspects of a job vs the perks including pay?

This fishy behavior makes it seem both parties acted unprofessionally, but not so much her initial twitter.

RE: privacy settings
By msomeoneelsez on 3/28/2009 1:37:45 AM , Rating: 3
I don't feel that a company deciding to retract an offer for employment because the person wouldn't want to work there is unprofessional...

I would never want someone to work for me if they did not want to, that just leads to an unproductive workforce.

I applaud Cisco for not allowing her to work for them even if she wanted to, but I do not applaud the means that they used to figure it out.

RE: privacy settings
By chrnochime on 3/27/09, Rating: -1
RE: privacy settings
By Cullinaire on 3/27/2009 1:04:58 PM , Rating: 2
It's easy to understand, but hard to put in words.

RE: privacy settings
By FITCamaro on 3/27/2009 1:32:47 PM , Rating: 1

RE: privacy settings
By Blight AC on 3/27/2009 2:04:45 PM , Rating: 5
I'm guessing it's kinda like a personal diary.

Also, Twitter is about people wanting to feel connected. A basic need for most people. It's on the same level as going out to a bar and discussing your life with a stranger over some beers. People like to communicate and socialize... Twitter is just one tool to do that.

Another tool is the comments section on news articles...

RE: privacy settings
By Reclaimer77 on 3/28/09, Rating: -1
RE: privacy settings
By Smilin on 3/31/2009 6:14:10 PM , Rating: 2
Twitter is for Narcissistic tools.

RE: privacy settings
By callmeroy on 3/27/2009 2:38:47 PM , Rating: 2
You hit the nail on the head and also how I feel about such sites. Disclaimer: i do have a myspace account -- but that's soley because I have a friend in the military who moves around the country, its a good way to keep in touch. Beyond that use --- there's nothing on my page.

the times we live in --- everyone knows everything, everyone does what they want, everyone thinks everyone else really cares about their personal life.....great times ....great times.....

BTW --- the performance of Myspace is complete crap, the worse performing site I've been to -- that alone makes me wonder how folks can stand using it.

RE: privacy settings
By afkrotch on 3/30/2009 12:10:19 PM , Rating: 2
I like reading ppl's travel blogs. As I travel, I can use some of the information when I happen to go travel to the same area.

Someone's blog is only interesting when it's something you're interested in.

RE: privacy settings
By inperfectdarkness on 3/27/2009 2:20:45 PM , Rating: 2
my blogs can be read by others--namely, only those who i trust enough to list as "Friends" on my account.

not a big deal.

RE: privacy settings
By bigjaicher on 3/27/2009 10:31:10 PM , Rating: 1
The bill of rights is a complex thing. However, it does not place restrictions on what the citizens of America can do, as long as it is not in a governmental sense.

The freedom of speech is the right to say what you want politically without fear of the government prosecuting you for it. Private beings (you, me, every citizen in the U.S., and most importantly: private companies NOT owned by the U.S. government) can respond to your comments in pretty much any manner.

This is saying: if I hypothetically said "Michael Vick is my hero" and I'm applying for a job/volunteer position at an animal shelter/pound, they have the RIGHT to fire me even if I am the greatest employee otherwise.

The Bill of Rights is designed to give private bodies rights, not restrict them. If I laughed at a friend because he screwed up on a huge presentation with your understanding of the law, he could sue me for not accepting his freedom to speak.

In relation to the article, this woman was granted her freedom of speech, no matter how unintelligent it was. She said it, and the government isn't prosecuting her. It's just that Cisco can fire her because of the negative attention she is bringing to the company. Perfectly legal, although she would most likely sue and then lose.

RE: privacy settings
By Moishe on 3/27/2009 1:18:56 PM , Rating: 3
I think the moral of the story is that if you say stuff online under your real name, people will notice and it may come back to haunt you in real life.

This falls under "DUH", but some people are freakin' clueless.

Privacy settings are awesome. Used properly you can let your "friends" see all of your regular activity.... Not people just have to get a clue about who their "friends" are and not add 328 "friends" including a bunch of people they don't know or trust.

Stupid, but this is how people learn what not to do.

RE: privacy settings
By mindless1 on 3/27/2009 6:18:17 PM , Rating: 2
I think the moral of the story is more people should do what she did, be frank and forthright about things. Once everyone does so, it won't be a matter of singling one person out and the majority consensus on a topic can help to effect change.

Thanks to her, Cisco has been given a wakeup call that they ought to consider job applicant's background, whether they are offering a job to an appropriate candidate.

The person offering the job probably should be demoted, what kind of a half-assed job are they doing if they can't weed out NON-applicants any better than this? I suppose it's possible she mislead them, but either way there seems to be more to the story than what's on the surface.

RE: privacy settings
By CityZen on 3/27/2009 6:46:24 PM , Rating: 3
+ 1

RE: privacy settings
By tmouse on 3/30/2009 8:14:05 AM , Rating: 2
Isn't that depending on whether or not she is telling the truth about not applying, or perhaps the college sends ALL applications to ANY potential employer who has offers to the college for internships? This does happen. As you stated why would she even care, IF she had absolutely no interest? Why bother to write about it on another site and apologize on her twitter? If she just didn't say anything more it would have been a couple of passing remarks and no one would be the wiser, in many ways she kept making it worse and worse for herself, with probably little to no impact on CISCO. Do you think people will not want to work for them because of this? Corporate America pretty much equals boring and I do not know anyone who doesn't have some gripes about where they work, some less some more.

RE: privacy settings
By ccmfreak2 on 3/30/2009 9:16:29 AM , Rating: 2
First of all, she's a college student who was offered an internship. By definition, one could say that ALL applicants where NON-applicants (at the very least non-qualified). She probably has exceptional grades in her computer courses. Being a student, it's not like she has any experience. Just because she isn't interested in the position doesn't mean that someone at Cicso didn't do their job properly. As a CIS major myself, I was given three different paths I could have taken. Just because she doesn't want to focus on the path Cisco offered her doesn't mean someone at Cisco should be demoted for trying to recruit what they deemed at the time to be good talent.

Sensationalism is fun
By invidious on 3/27/2009 12:17:39 PM , Rating: 5
I assumed it would be immediately apparent to them that I was being sarcastic and make it obvious what my decision had been.

So it cost her the paycheck for the job she was not going to accept? Thats some fine reporting there.

RE: Sensationalism is fun
By sprockkets on 3/27/2009 12:27:24 PM , Rating: 5
I know. The story makes no sense. She isn't in any hot water, and she basically said screw you Cisco; you can keep your money and all the bullsh!t that comes with it.

"OOOO Cisco people are savy internet browsers!" Really? Got nothing better to do at work than browse the internet all day looking at twitter posts?

RE: Sensationalism is fun
By Alexstarfire on 3/27/09, Rating: -1
RE: Sensationalism is fun
By sprockkets on 3/27/2009 1:10:58 PM , Rating: 5
Again, not having anything else better to do than browse for that kind of crap? Going out of your way to make sure someone doesn't get hired?

That's called "anal"

RE: Sensationalism is fun
By philmax on 3/27/2009 1:23:31 PM , Rating: 3
Some companies do actually care about their reputation and browse the web to find potential problems...newegg I know does this for example

RE: Sensationalism is fun
By sprockkets on 3/27/2009 3:07:23 PM , Rating: 3
Sure, they do look for people who post confidential information.

But, yeah, right, this is corporate america. If you don't like pointless team meetings, sucking up to the boss, dealing with a-hole co-workers who get promoted even though they are clearly not qualified, then do what I did, learn a good trade and cut out all the white collar BS. At least here in Florida, A/C techs will always be in demand, bad economy or not.

RE: Sensationalism is fun
By VoodooChicken on 3/27/2009 3:55:45 PM , Rating: 5
How do you know she does anal???

RE: Sensationalism is fun
By 67STANG on 3/28/2009 1:07:41 AM , Rating: 4

RE: Sensationalism is fun
By callmeroy on 3/27/2009 4:23:24 PM , Rating: 2
I see nothing to cry to cisco about and your post about it is more immaturely toned than the claim you are making of cisco for what the story stated they said to her.

Get used to it btw, more and more major companies are parsing search engines and social networking sites to get the "dirt" on new job applicants.....not that I particularly agree with this practice, but I don't agree with a lot of things in live and yet they still exist.

RE: Sensationalism is fun
By RagingDragon on 3/28/2009 8:12:48 PM , Rating: 2
The Cisco PR department probably hires people to look for posts about the company.

RE: Sensationalism is fun
By walk2k on 3/27/2009 1:33:14 PM , Rating: 3
She also says it was a summer internship and those are usually unpaid, so... I dunno, strange story. Strange, but not all that interesting really, I don't get how this created an internet "sensation" but then again people are stupid, especially people who "tweeter" every dull aspect of their boring lives.

There is a much more interesting case where a guy who worked for the Philly Eagles NFL club said something disparaging on his "blog" and was fired for it. This was a guy who was PAID and had been at the job for 3-4 years.

RE: Sensationalism is fun
By FITCamaro on 3/27/2009 1:37:05 PM , Rating: 2
I worked two summer internships in college. Both were paid.

RE: Sensationalism is fun
RE: Sensationalism is fun
By jtemplin on 3/27/2009 11:30:22 PM , Rating: 3
Thank you for putting this out there. This was my first thought...What on earth is interesting about this story other than that it highlights the openness of information and the caution that people need to exercise when they post things online these days. However, she had nothing to lose by saying what she did and she didn't get "pwned" and lose her job as half the commenters here seem to overlook. If publicity!

This is the biggest blast of hot air, BS news I've seen in a while.

Uhh... slow news day anyone?

RE: Sensationalism is fun
By tmouse on 3/30/2009 7:58:20 AM , Rating: 3
While I agree this is a non-story for the most part, i'm not sure having your picture and name posted all around in an article about how stupid you were is really good publicity. Could continue to bite her on the tush for some time.

RE: Sensationalism is fun
By ccmfreak2 on 3/30/2009 9:26:19 AM , Rating: 2
Um, in case you haven't been looking at the rest of the net, this story had already gained momentum at the beginning of last week before the identity of the individual was known. It's true that she had nothing to lose given the background info, however that background was unknown when she posted the tweet and the cisco employee responded to it.

The story's purpose initially was to continue to warnings of "don't post things you wouldn't want your boss, mother, or significant-other to read" that seem to go unheard by the majority of the masses across the web. Now, DT is just rapping up the details and conclusion of the story by including the background info. No, this isn't actually new news in terms of the internet considering it happened early last week, but it is definately COMPLETE news that other stories couldn't include at the time of the incident.

By Inkjammer on 3/27/2009 12:39:45 PM , Rating: 3
Sadly, I lost a job in the exact same manner. I was interviewing for a position as IT Server Tech/Animator for Jim Davis' "Garfield" company (they do eLearning, etc.). I posted on my LiveJournal at the time that I all but had the job, was excited, and the next day I got a call telling me to go **** off.

It was strange. I didn't badmouth the company, just posted I was excited they I possibly have a job there and they got paranoid and cut all communications INSTANTLY.

RE: Heh
By sprockkets on 3/27/2009 12:56:21 PM , Rating: 5
Getting a job is ridiculously difficult as it is. Hey, want a job? I'm going to check your SSN out for your credit report, a background check, your previous employers if possible, and I want a perfect interview and a resume full of PR bullsh!t. I also want every certification possible even if it isn't directly relevant to the job, such as CCNP even though you will never touch the network.

What next? Recruiters will go to your house to see how green your lawn is? How well you parked your car in the parking lot?

I got tired of people not hiring me because I am "off" due to Asperger's Syndrome. I can outperform and out troubleshoot anyone, and I usually get rewarded with "You took too much time to solve the issue" when no one else had any brains to fix it.

Working for myself as best I can, people can finally appreciate me as person who knows how to fix computers and not just another loser who got A+ certified and went to school and read some books.

RE: Heh
By FITCamaro on 3/27/2009 1:36:20 PM , Rating: 1

(It'd be hilarious if that actually was your name)

RE: Heh
By CurseTheSky on 3/27/2009 1:53:21 PM , Rating: 2
My bother has Asperger's and tends to find it difficult to fit in socially in many cases. The sad thing is, once people take time to get to know him, they think he's one of the greatest people they've ever met.

I can sympathize in a sense. I have long hair, and being a 23 year old guy, it turns a lot of employers off (as well as law enforcement and other public services). I've heard time and time again, "Why don't you just cut your hair? You'll find a job so much easier." In my defense, why should I have to cut my hair? Would you tell someone that doesn't meet the employer's ideal religion, weight, or skin color to change their beliefs, lose or gain some weight, or bleach / darken their skin?

It'll be interesting to see what happens when the "new" generations are taking over the "professional" world - people that grew up with social networking, blogs, text messages, information always at their fingertips, etc. We'll just have to wait and see.

RE: Heh
By Kibbles on 3/27/2009 2:51:07 PM , Rating: 3
Unless you're sorely needed, a hyena won't be allowed into a lion pack until he decides to become a lion. Society would probably break down as a whole if we simply accepted every little quirk everyone had. Conformity will always be a requirement in human society, the only change will be what you conform to. Though racial descrimination for employment is illegal, you be a fool to think it doesn't exist. As for weight and religion: if you had a choice of 3 applicants with equal qualifications except one was obeise, one was anorexic(sp?), and one was average weight; who do you think will be hired? If you had an applicant that came in dressed like clergyman but was interviewing for an deskjob, and he insisted on dressing like that all the time. Do you think he'll be hired?

RE: Heh
By CityZen on 3/27/2009 6:54:25 PM , Rating: 4
Society would probably break down as a whole if we simply accepted every little quirk everyone had

What??? So you mean that society would probably break down as a whole if we, for example, start accepting that some people like to have their hair long ... Are you serious?
Hmmm, let me tell you, this isn't the 1950's anymore

RE: Heh
By CityZen on 3/27/2009 6:56:07 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, and by the way, I'm a guy and I have short hair :D

RE: Heh
By FITCamaro on 3/27/2009 11:07:58 PM , Rating: 2
Has nothing to do with conformity. It has to do with looking professional. Not like a stoner or a recluse who lives in their moms basement.

RE: Heh
By jtemplin on 3/27/2009 11:40:37 PM , Rating: 3
It has everything to do with conformity. "Looking professional" implies altering your appearance in order to fit the "attitudes, beliefs and behaviors" recruiters expect job candidates to demonstrate.
Conformity is the process by which an individual's attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors are influenced by other people. This influence occurs in both small groups and society as a whole, and it may be the result of subtle unconscious influences, or direct and overt social pressure.

In this case acquiring and holding a job is a direct and overt social pressure. Not to mention a requirement to satisfy ones basic needs like food and shelter. This is all fairly obvious but I think the subject of conformity is quite pertinent here.

RE: Heh
By Robin2009 on 3/29/2009 5:50:57 PM , Rating: 2
I can't choose the one who is obeise (sic.)

I'll choose the one who obeys!

RE: Heh
By kmmatney on 3/27/2009 2:56:54 PM , Rating: 2
By the time the "new" generation is taking over the professional world, I'm sure the next generation will be doing something equally different to the people in charge. Although I can't really think of anything that my generation (I'm 38) was doing back then, that could get us into trouble. Life was simpler back then, I have to admit.

I have longish hair, but I also have a job (materials engineer / programmer). I'd probably cut it if I was looking for a new job with people who didn't know me.

RE: Heh
By mcnabney on 3/27/2009 3:47:00 PM , Rating: 5
I am sorry to tell you that not only does the world not rotate around you, but you are also entitled to nothing. Looking 'out of place' is often a tip-off that you will behave 'out of place'. The world is full of worthless employees that appear to fit the part, but are still worthless. However, they at least appeared like they were serious about work. Having long hair tells managers and HR that you can't groom yourself to fit the professional environment. Grow up and cut your hair. When you are in charge you can do whatever you want to yourself, but as long as you choose to depend on a paycheck from someone else you better learn to fit in. Growing your hair out is a deliberate act of non-conformity, that is one of the reasons why you do it. What do you think that tells your potential boss?

RE: Heh
By CityZen on 3/27/2009 7:04:45 PM , Rating: 3
What do you think that tells your potential boss?

One would hope that the potential boss would be much more interested in the sharpness of his mind and his fitness for the job than in the length of his hair. But who knows, maybe the potential boss is one of those people who judge a book mainly by its cover.

Sorry, I have my hair short but I don't have anything about other people (men or women) who choose to leave their hair long.
Besides, listen to (or read) yourself: "serious about work", "professional environment", "Grow up ", "you better learn to fit in" ... You sound like your father :)

RE: Heh
By NicodemusMM on 3/28/2009 2:36:59 AM , Rating: 1
Growing your hair out is a deliberate act of non-conformity.

Sorry, but you are wrong. In some cases this may be true, but not all. I'm a 33 year old male and have quite long hair... at the moment. I don't grow it out as a fashion statement or to be non-conformist. In other aspects such as attire, grooming, manner of speech and demeanor I am considered professional by my clients and peers. I grow my hair out in order to donate it. A selfless act that requires extra time and attention on my part... not to mention the sneers of the overly-conservative that assume I do it for myself.

RE: Heh
By Robin2009 on 3/29/2009 5:48:34 PM , Rating: 4
Independent thinkers need not apply.

Conformity is what gets you high in the corporate climb.

Companies don't really mean it when they say they value creative people who aren't afraid to speak their own minds. Don't let the open door hit you as you get booted.

RE: Heh
By tmouse on 3/30/2009 8:36:01 AM , Rating: 2
Nothing is going to change when the "new" generation takes over, just look at all of the "changes" that occurred when the 60's generation took over. Hey it's a free world, you don't have to cut your hair unless you want a specific job, then they have rights also. For some jobs like law enforcement or the military there is an absolute need for conformity, as they have to often act in concert with each other. Hair length can also be a health or safety issue. Then there is the social interactions that jobs may require, while through most of our history long hair was the norm it is not now; and that does not seem to be changing any time soon. You can change your hair, you cannot change your race and weight can be a hiring decision, as for religion, companies do not ask but I doubt if anyone came to an interview with huge religious icons all over themselves and ended their replies to the interview questions with phrases like "in accordance with the prophecy" they would be hired. You do not HAVE to change but you may HAVE to settle for something less than you would like.

RE: Heh
By mindless1 on 3/27/2009 6:23:23 PM , Rating: 1
Often companies don't like people overly chatty about them, if they felt you'd continue to exercise your free speech rights to post on the internet about the company, dirty laundry might be exposed (every company has some).

I suspect this is also part of what brought up the Cisco Fatty incident, that and the loser who started up a website about it drawing even more attention to Cisco. I'm calling the website owner a loser not because they shouldn't have, it's just a pathetic attempt at attention for someone else's situation and time spent far better at something else.

Tech News? Hardly...
By trisct on 3/27/2009 12:37:49 PM , Rating: 4
And how is it that this is even a STORY on Daily Tech? Since when did Twitter posting become tech news?

Sometimes I wonder if the editors at Daily Tech take naps under their desks every now and then, and stuff like this sails past them.

RE: Tech News? Hardly...
By tjr508 on 3/27/09, Rating: -1
RE: Tech News? Hardly...
By Alexstarfire on 3/27/2009 1:11:50 PM , Rating: 5
In other news saying stupid sh!t has consequences. Yea, great news.

RE: Tech News? Hardly...
By FITCamaro on 3/27/2009 1:33:42 PM , Rating: 1
What the fact that women exist and that they can form opinions?

RE: Tech News? Hardly...
By mindless1 on 3/27/2009 6:25:49 PM , Rating: 1
Not really, same could happen in any industry. That it happened on the internet, maybe that validates the article here but IMHO, those using twitter are the least technically inclined of participants on the internet, it's a fairly shallow gossipy scene.

RE: Tech News? Hardly...
By Captain828 on 3/28/2009 5:05:51 AM , Rating: 2
While I agree that posts on Twitter should not be worth noting about, you should view the big picture.

Given the fact how the internet has evolved, posting your personal opinion on a social networking site about your job/job interview would normally remain private.
But what this news shows us is how fast things have changed and in fact everything you post publicly on the internet is like going to your local popular Mall and shouting it out.

IMHO, it just shows how the virtual world is merging with the real world.
Unfortunately, some sites actually post all the twat on twitter... those are the sad ones.

Tweets and twats...
By Repo503 on 3/27/2009 12:27:58 PM , Rating: 5
looks like she'll have more time to make hemp clothing.

RE: Tweets and twats...
By Parhel on 3/27/2009 12:39:00 PM , Rating: 2
She's holding out for a fatty dank paycheck.

RE: Tweets and twats...
By walk2k on 3/27/2009 2:09:58 PM , Rating: 2
Quick someone register "" right now!

RE: Tweets and twats...
By hypocrisyforever on 3/27/2009 4:44:55 PM , Rating: 2
lol, that cracked me up. God forbid I ever make national news, I can only imagine the horrific non-photogenic photo they will choose for me.

By DeepBlue1975 on 3/27/2009 1:42:13 PM , Rating: 5
You can definitely get bashed for posting non sense on the net.

An example of that is... The article above.

RE: Yeah...
By jtemplin on 3/27/2009 11:42:46 PM , Rating: 2
LOL +1

By MadMan007 on 3/27/2009 4:37:13 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if my utter lack of online presence under my name is a good thing or a hindrance? No Myspace, Twitter, Facebook etc because I don't have time to bother with that crap.

RE: hmm...
By wordsworm on 3/28/2009 6:18:22 AM , Rating: 2
And yet here you are wasting your time at DT and writing posts talking about other people who waste their time. I can't imagine anything more wasteful than wasting time talking about people wasting time unless it's people who waste time talking about people who waste time writing about people wasting time and needing a life.

MySpace is great. I've gotten the chance to interview Indie bands thanks to MySpace. I don't use Facebook because I don't like the owner. I've tried Twitter, but I just don't have an interesting enough life to gain a following. I'm sure you can relate to that.

RE: hmm...
By MadMan007 on 3/28/2009 12:34:17 PM , Rating: 2
More like I 'social network' in real life and not online. but thanks for trolling!

Framing career rivals
By Robin2009 on 3/29/2009 5:43:10 PM , Rating: 2
Can the Internet be used to frame somebody?

What if a jealous colleague wants to badmouth you to future employers? Can they put your name online in negative contexts to ruin your career?

RE: Framing career rivals
By msomeoneelsez on 3/30/2009 3:14:22 AM , Rating: 2
I think it would be pretty easy to clear that one up... a direct phone call with straight up honesty would probably end any suspicion against you.

Although, would you want to higher someone that says they don't badmouth your company online, but does not take the proper steps to end any such fraudulent attempts by others to impersonate them and say these things? I think that is the real question, however poorly worded :D

By DigitalFreak on 3/27/2009 12:12:24 PM , Rating: 1
What a dumb ass.

By bravacentauri83 on 3/27/2009 1:10:52 PM , Rating: 2
Don't you mean "fat ass?"


By psychobriggsy on 3/27/2009 1:25:49 PM , Rating: 3
If you can't even be bothered to protect your own comments made online or in person, then what does it suggest for the company secrets that you may come into contact with?

Learning about privacy seems to be a thing that many people will learn the hard way, and that's a sad indictment on the upbringing that people are getting these days - preparing them for the big brother police state perhaps...

Maybe she'll be the new meme for
By Cullinaire on 3/27/2009 12:15:55 PM , Rating: 2
the act of pwning oneself.

By syphon on 3/27/2009 2:02:03 PM , Rating: 2
Blogging...Never before have so many people with so little to say said so much to so few.....

By AstroCreep on 3/27/2009 2:13:26 PM , Rating: 2
Anything you say can and will be held against you in the court of LIFE!

Anonymity? What's that?!

She is a ninny
By epobirs on 3/27/2009 5:41:32 PM , Rating: 1
How old do you have to be to know not to discuss a potential employer in public? It doesn't matter that she wasn't planning to accept the offer. She has now established a reputation for indiscretion that will cause many companies to reject her.

Few people can make claim to such talent as to ignore the concerns of a potential employer. Unless you are fully convince you have such talent, learn to exercise some restraint in what you make available to the public.

RE: She is a ninny
By mindless1 on 3/27/2009 6:31:16 PM , Rating: 1
What if 95 out of 100 companies would be opposed to what she did, but the other 5 wouldn't, and she is now exposed to 1000X as many companies as she would've otherwise been? As she already mentioned, it is a choice of paycheck vs other factors and by posting she has seemingly made the decision.

Probably the wrong decision on that front, College kids often don't appreciate money much as they haven't had to pay bills for long and don't see ahead to larger expenses like a house, raising a family, etc.

Communication is forever.
By croc on 3/27/2009 6:17:59 PM , Rating: 2
Damn! I just put a letter in the post to tell a prospective employer that I'd take their job if only their offices were closer. Now what do I do?

As the title suggests, communications in any form is forever. (Unless you are in government...)

Tweet for self importance?
By FredEx on 3/27/2009 11:44:58 PM , Rating: 2
Just sounds to me like she wrote that tweet to sound self important. The company is offering her a FATTY paycheck, but she may not take it due to the drive and she'd hate it anyway. Like she's such a big deal she can turn down a fat paycheck. Trying to be so cool, she blew it. Now to back pedal and not look like a total moron, she claims she'd already decided she was not going to take the job.

Nice Coincidence
By vamshi on 3/29/2009 8:34:59 AM , Rating: 2
I fell laughing off my chair when the Ad said "Let's build a smarter planet" right below the photo of Riley.
Seriously, all these big and nice sounding stuff about freedom of expression and all sounds great but that does not mean you do something stupid in public.

Privacy Settings
By abuhakim on 3/30/2009 4:17:44 PM , Rating: 2
Whether you blog or are heavy into "Twitter" you're comments regardless of how innocuous are subject to the scrutiny and possible distortion of a "world wide audience."

The blogosphere and social networking add real traction to the notion of "7 Degrees of Separation."

Ultimately you always have to post comments thinking, "Who might be reading this?" More and more employers are scanning social sites as a part of the "due diligence" process.

By clovell on 3/31/2009 4:35:16 PM , Rating: 2
I've always loved this particular comic:

People who tweet need a life
By Beenthere on 3/27/2009 1:52:50 PM , Rating: 1
It's pretty obvious that most who tweet need to get a life.

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