Here is the scenario: Large rental company, unhappy tenant. Tenant Tweets that the rental company does not have a problem with its tenants sleeping in moldy apartments. Large company sues because the tenant has made defamatory statements and permanently injured its reputation by passing this statement around the internet.
This is exactly the kind of statement that can get you/us/me into a whole host of trouble. The Tweet (with the name removed to protect me from similar trouble) read, "Who said sleeping in a moldy apartment was bad for you? XXXX XXX thinks it's okay."
In the days before social media, this Tweeter would have called Mom, Dad, Best Friend or other to vent about the situation. Mom, Dad, Best Friend or other would have provided advice and sympathy and that would have been the end of it.
Today, the feeling of anonymity that accompanies typing a sentence in to your phone and hitting SEND is a facade. The very nature of Tweeter is to send your message out to the Public--and the world.
This is not a post about this particular situation (and I deliberately left out the link to the article because I doubt either party needs any more negative publicity swirling around). It is a gentle reminder that Twitter, Facebook and even ActiveRain are very public venues and while the act may seem simplistic, the outcome can be quite significant.
So next time you feel like venting, and it must be on Twitter or another social media platform, don't name names (or companies). Really.
Better yet, give your Mom a call...
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