April 01, 2009
Twittering Away a Job – Infamously
It's all over Twitter and the web - how a Twitterer made a negative Tweet about her new job offer from Cisco. Naturally, someone who identified himself from Cisco saw it and responded. It's now an urban wegend (web legend), dubbed the "Cisco Fatty" incident, in reference to the "fatty paycheck" comment in her Tweet. There are already YouTube videos parodying and discussing it.
Covered in a DailyTech article, the Twitterer identified as Connor Riley explained her situation and intent in why she turned down the job and sarcastically tweeted about it to her friends. But she didn't protect the tweet from others seeing it. She even authored a thoughtful blog post to explain, apologize, and add her thoughts on the subject of social media. But really, the damage is done to her professional and personal reputation. Not exactly how one wants to gain their 15 minutes of fame in transitioning from college into the workforce. The Chicago Tribune also ran an article, "'Cisco Fatty' incident provides cautionary tale to those who tweet about work".
The moral of the story: Think before you tweet.