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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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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!

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