Friday, February 28, 2014

When Social Media Bites Back: Three Epic Fails

Social media is all the rage today. Every young person I know has at least two or three different accounts on various social networking websites, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. So it's no wonder that sometimes things get publicized that probably should have been given second thought before hitting the post, send, or share button. Several examples of this phenomenon jumped off the news pages today.

First was a Yahoo story about a young woman whose antics cost her father $80,000. Apparently college student Dana Snay revealed a little too much about her father's personal business on a social media website. Papa Snay recently celebrated a victory in an age discrimination suit against his former employer. The settlement agreement contained a confidentiality clause, which means that the parties are not allowed to share the details of the settlement with anyone.

So, you can probably guess that daughter Dana spilled the beans and posted a taunting message on her Facebook page: “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.” Obviously, the only way Baby Girl Snay could know the results of the settlement is if her parents told her. It would normally not have been a big deal, but when the breach of confidentiality in the form of a snarky Facebook message was brought to the attention of the judge who approved the settlement, he rescinded the approval and ordered Papa Snay to pay back the settlement. Wow! A judge with ... guts! Ms Snay probably swallowed the tongue that she stuck out in obnoxious Miley-Cyrus-fashion on her Facebook page. And she won't be visiting Europe this summer either.

The second questionable activity in the news was that of a grown woman who probably also thought she was being cute with her response to a young job-seeking woman. Kelly Blazek, a marketing recruiter in Cleveland who runs an online job bank, was contacted on social media website LinkedIn by a 26 year-old college graduate who asked Blazek for contact information for some rather prominent higher-ups in her job field. Blazek wrote a scathing response that ended up backfiring on her. Here is what Blazek wrote.

Blazek's response was picked up by news media and it has "gone viral" as they say. Now the so-called professional is issuing apology after apology, as it has been revealed that this is not the first person to whom she has been obnoxious. Indeed, at the rate she is going, Ms. Blazek may need help finding a new job herself soon. She might want to get away to Europe this summer.

Perhaps Ms. Blazek should be introduced to Ms. Snay, a young lady who actually could use a humility lesson.

Finally, the third use of social media that has become the butt of numerous jokes is a 62-second video produced by the Let's Move program that Michelle Obama pushes on the youth of our country. Check out the You Tube video below.

You need only go to the You Tube page where this is posted and read the comments to see how many people are upset that our tax dollars are being spent to produce such a ridiculous public service announcement. Is any child honestly going to see that video and say, "Wow! That's inspiring me to move! I'm gonna go jog around my house wearing my Sunday best clothes, just like these two rugged leaders of the free world!"

Needless to say, America needs this video about as much as I need another hole in my head. To quote my father, in his infinite wisdom and humility.

Maybe these two goofballs could also use a humility lesson from Ms. Blazek. And they'd better not quit their day jobs either because there's no future in acting for either of them.


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