Be careful what you write

Well our world has become much smaller thanks to social media.  And that can be a good thing or a bad thing – depending upon your point of view.  It’s certainly a good thing to be able to reconnect to old school friends on facebook or family living far away and how cool to be able to have a chat on video to your best friend halfway across the world…. for FREE !  Wow.

There is however a down side.  Once you press that key that posts, publishes or sends – that’s it boy!  Forever!  OK yes I know you can recall emails.  So how many times have you received a recall notice of an email that was sent to you half an hour earlier that you didn’t even bother to open yet.  Now you are interested.  What did they say wrong that they want to recall this email.  Aren’t we weird?

Other social media platforms are introducing ways you can remove a tweet or an instagram post after the fact.  It doesn’t change the fact that someone might have seen it and screen captured.  It’s there – somewhere in cyber-space – until it rears its ugly head.

It makes me wonder about all those online review sites and the angry reviews posted there for all the world to see.  So you go on vacation and you and your girlfriend have a fight and suddenly everything sucks!  The hotel, the food, the beach is rocky, the waves are rough.   But, once that post is out there the damage is done.

We saw examples of this in elections last year where facebook posts years old were dragged out to the public which seemed a bit stupid really.  Thank goodness they didn’t have social media when I was a teenager.  And I am not saying why either!

Examples of stupid facebook posts abounded around Christmas and the New Year.  Was it all that champagne perhaps that drowned out the Goodwill to All Men thoughts that we are supposed to embrace during this time of year.

This was Holly Jones post about her ruined New Year’s Eve …
facebook post

Oh dear…. in response the Manager replied –
‘We love feedback, whether it be positive or negative.
‘I especially like feedback like this so others can see the disgusting people that we have to deal with sometimes.  First of all, the ‘overdosing junkie’ that you speak of was a 70+ year old woman who had a heart attack. Thankfully she was finally revived at the hospital and survived. It sounds like you were very concerned about her so I thought you should know. But I can completely understand why you think being intoxicated a**holes that didn’t understand your bill should take priority over a human life,” he added. ‘I especially appreciate you making your server (who doesn’t curse) cry as well. I’m sure she really enjoyed working on New Year’s Eve just to deal with people such as yourself.’

And remember if you are going to make your fight public – well it really is public.  Russell Crowe had a tantrum when Qantas wouldn’t allow his kids hoverboards on the flight.  It ended up with him looking rather petulant and silly.   And if you haven’t read it yet, sit down and enjoy this onboard feud that happened a couple of years ago – all posted live on twitter – to the fascination of all who followed.

Almost better than Coronation Street!  (But not quite….)


By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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