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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 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.

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer

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