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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 TheConner.net 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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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.


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