The internet has been flooded with news and speculation surrounding the Penn State scandal. Everyone is talking about it, even celebrities. In case you missed it, Ashton Kutcher had a serious foot-in-mouth situation when he tweeted, “How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste.” He apparently had not been informed of the situation and later deleted the tweet and apologized. Ashton has since turned over his twitter account to his managers.
Then we had the #LadiesWeWantAnswers trending topic issue where there were a lot of pretty offensive and stupid questions asked. I was blown away by some of the tweets I read. There are some people who would be really embarrassed if their boss or grandmother saw their tweets. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them got in trouble for it.
It got me thinking about Twitter etiquette. There are some snarky things that I really want to tweet, but stop myself because I think about if my future employers are going to see it. So I thought we should go over some basic Twitter rules.
Grammar: Just because you only have 140 characters does not mean the laws of grammar go out the window. You should still use proper grammar as much as possible because you’ll look like a fool if you don’t. Know the difference between your (possessive) and you’re (you are), their (possessive), they’re (they are), and there (place). While abbreviations are wonderful, please take the characters to spell out you instead of “u”. Text speak isn’t cool anymore.
Pictures: Twitpics are awesome for showing your followers what you’re up to. However, stick to appropriate photos. There’s no need to tweet pictures of your cleavage or your butt (I’m talking to you Coco). We really don’t want another Anthony Weiner problem on our timelines. If you’re going to send sexy pictures, don’t do it online.
Don’t be a jerk: Some of the funniest tweets are pretty mean, but they’re often from anonymous accounts like @Lord_Voldemort7. If you’re using your real name and your tweets aren’t protected, it’s in your best interest to keep it classy. If you really want to be a sassypants then create an account under a pseudonym, and go for it.
Don’t tweet about people: Someone from class or work really irked you today, so you decide to post a passive-aggressive tweet about them or what they did because you know they’re following you and will see it. This is a bad idea. The other person will see said tweet, which will only create more drama for yourself. Or someone else will see your tweet and think it’s about them, which will also create more drama. Avoid this.
Don’t air your dirty laundry: Twitter is not your diary. Sure I’ve posted about having a bad day, but I don’t spill my life story and neither should you. You don’t need to tweet about every single thing going on in your life, just like you don’t need to constantly update your Facebook statuses.
Twitter and other social media outlets are great, but use them wisely. With social media being so prominent, employers are checking to see what you’re up to. It’s best to keep things clean to avoid any issues. You don’t want to get called into your boss’s office because you tweeted something inappropriate.