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The dangers of social media

Recently I wrote about the dangers of social media and focused on Facebook. It showed how dangerous a Facebook account can be. In this article I will touch on some examples where Twitter is not as safe as it seems either.

Have you ever been sued?
A famous example is of course the one of Courtney Love being sued for trashing a fashion company (Read article) , but there are much more scary examples out there.
  • Do not Tweet your complaints in public
    Tweeting about the state of the apartments got this tenant sued: Read article
  • Avoid Tweeting while angry
    CEO of Pizza kitchen gets sued after trashing marketing company: Read article
  • Be very careful when Tweeting about a brand
    Kim Kardashian was sued when she tweeted that she did not endorse the diet cookie (as the company claimed on their website): Read article

Online comments can get you arrested
Most people who have been arrested because of online actions did already have a shady relation with the law, but look at the second and third examples below, which might happen to you as well if you do not rethink every publication twice before sending them out.

  • Poking is not as innocent as it looks
    A woman in Tennessee got arrested for poking someone in Facebook: Read article
  • Do not joke while traveling, not even on Twitter
    Annoyed passenger gets arrested over joke “bomb threat” on Twitter: Read article
  • Be aware of financial consequences of your online comments
    This happened in a revolution type situation, but be aware that any remark that could implicit financial loss is dangerous: Read article
  • Burglar gets arrested because he checked his Facebook account
    This is one of the unbelievable actions that you and me will never do, but do think about using your account at work or elsewhere and what the consequences might be! Read article
  • Not using Twitter might be dangerous as well!
    When police asked an executive for not using Twitter (on their request) to disperse a crowd, they arrested him for not doing so: Read article

Of course most of these examples are either not very intelligent actions or far from our bed, but they make you think what else might go wrong when you comment online, or post some of your holiday or office photos. As I keep reminding my readers: do not send anything from your computer onto the Internet, unless you would be ok if it appeared on the front page of your national newspapers.

See you on Twitter, if you still dare....

See also: Getting fired or divorced because of Facebook


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Some of my personal remarks and opinion on books related to social media marketing:

"Socialnomics" How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business, by Erik Qualman


"New rules of PR & Marketing" How to Use Social Media, Blogs, News Releases, Online Video, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly,
by David Meerman Scott

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