12 Most Spectacular Job Losses due to Social Media Stupidity

12 Most Spectacular Job Losses due to Social Media Stupidity

A Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey reported that 92% of companies planned to use social media in their employee search, which means you can bet that what you put online will eventually be put “on file” when you’re applying for a job or after you get it. Social media provides you an excellent opportunity to showcase your professionalism, smarts and maturity while online, which can set you apart from the competition. Right?

Maybe not. It seems the allure of making a fool of yourself through social channels is greater than the need to acquire and/or retain a job. Case(s) in point: here are 12 most spectacular job losses due to social media stupidity.

1. The weiner

New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, tweeted a lewd photo of himself to a young college student in Seattle, which he later tried to justify by saying it was supposed to be in a private DM and not a public tweet. All together now: “what a wiener”.

1. The Chrysler F-Series

An official @ChryslerAutos Twitter admin dropped the F-bomb on its more than 7,500 followers. Tweet: “I find it ironic that Detroit is known as the #motorcity and yet no one here knows how to f**king drive”. Wonder if Scott Monty at Ford needs new social media staff?

3. Premature tweeting

Connor Riley was offered a prime job at Cisco but was torn about the commute. So naturally she tweeted about it. “Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating work.” Guess who didn’t get the job?

4. Oops, did I say that out loud?

David Noordewier, (former) employee of Walmart, posted that the country’s average IQ would increase if bombs were dropped on all the company’s stores. I guess he’ll be joining all his friends shopping at Walmart now.

5. The quack heard around the world

Gilbert Gottfried made jokes about the Japanese tsunami while employed as voice of the Aflac duck. “Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The Beach comes to them.” This tool then took his act back to the social airwaves in a campaign to find a new spokes-duck. Should have been lame-duck.

6. I’m ready for my close up, Mr. Gumbel

A NBC staffer was fired for posting a video of Today Show anchor Bryant Gumbel demonstrating his incredible lack of knowledge about the Internet. I wouldn’t have hired this guy but offered a bonus for alerting management of the lack of “media” qualifications their on-air personalities have.

7. Backing the wrong horse

CNN’s Senior Middle East editor Octavia Nasr tweeted about her respect for Lebanon’s Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah after his death. Problem was that he was linked to bombings that killed hundreds of Americans. I think she may be on permanent vacation in Lebanon now.

8. A dumbass by any other tweet… is still a dumbass

Veteran war correspondent Nir Rosen tweeted his thoughts in the wake of the news that CBS foreign correspondent Lara Logan suffered a sexual assault. The dumbass tweeted: “I’m rolling my eyes at all the attention she’ll get” & “it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too”.

9. The 6-toppings pizza special

Staff at a Dominos Pizza franchise posted the now-infamous video of themselves doing gross things to a pizza on YouTube, which was apparently served to customers. Clearly the IQ requirements of Domino’s Pizza staff is incredibly low. Maybe they’re the Walmart shoppers the guy in #3 was talking about?

10. Rule: never friend your boss on Facebook

An employee of Nationale Suisse called in sick one day claiming her work computer would aggravate the migraine she was suffering from. Of course, she was later “seen” posting messages to a friend’s Facebook page. A termination notice was added to her Facebook’s wall…so her migraine wouldn’t be affected by reading it at work.

11. Crowdsourced dismissal

Pro Bowl running back Larry Johnson sent a series of inflammatory tweets against a gay fan and his coach. Over 30,000 fans petitioned the team to fire him. He tweeted and was crowdsourced right out of a job.

12. Social doesn’t hide stupid

Texas Longhorn redneck, er, I mean football player Buck Burnette shared his personal views with fans on his Facebook page after Barak Obama became the first black president of the Unities States: “All the hunters gather up, we have a #$%&er in the whitehouse”. What amazes me, besides the incredible display of hatred and sheer ignorance, is that what he chose to sensor was “the N-word”. You’re worried about that but not about publicly issuing death threats against a President? Seriously?

I’m sure there are dozens more of these crazy stories. Share other famous or personal stories of social media-induced termination with the community in the comments section below. Reminder: people read this blog, don’t get yourself fired by what you post. ☺

Featured image courtesy of Luke & Courtney Barrett licensed via Creative Commons.

Sam Fiorella

http://www.senseiwisdom.com/

Sam Fiorella is a globetrotting interactive marketing strategist who has earned his stripes over the past 20 years in senior management roles with corporate sales &marketing teams as well as consulting for more than 30 marketing agencies. Sam’s experience with over 1600 Interactive projects during the past 15 years spans the government, finance & insurance, manufacturing, national retail and travel/tourism sectors. Currently, Sam is the Chief Strategy Sensei at Sensei Marketing, where he is charged with strategic campaign guidance and marketing technology development that power the Sensei Customer Lifecycle Methodology. Sam is a respected blogger and popular keynote speaker on marketing, branding and social media communications having presented at more than 200 conferences in the past 2 years. Follow Sam on Twitter or Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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27 comments
Steve Birkett
Steve Birkett

My Grandma used to say "Engage brain before opening mouth."Were she still here, I'd like to think her response would be "Engage brain before opening browser." Very little chance of that, however, given that she viewed her VCR with deepest suspicion and would likely consider a 'browser' to be someone with no shopping agenda.Cheers for the fun/frustrating post, Sam.

RobFaggart
RobFaggart

Well Sam, it's a nice story but a quick Google search would have shown you that there is more legend than fact to the Connor Riley story. The job in question was actually a summer internship, one which she turned down before all the hubbub.

profkrg
profkrg

This is a great list, Sam. I will use it when I'm teaching public relations. Although these are just a few examples, they represent the diversity in online stupidity. Thanks for the resource!

ScottMonty
ScottMonty

I can always use help. But not of that caliber.

dabarlow
dabarlow

Quoting Forrest Gump, "stupid is as stupid does"! Although I laugh at some of these, they are all very serious actions! Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!

janetcallaway
janetcallaway

OMG! Sam, this post is absolutely amazing--or rather than people you wrote about in it are. While I "knew" a few of them, I did not know all of them. Weiner's defied description because it continued on for such a long time. Did he really think that denying it would make it go away?

Thanks for the insights and smiles you so generously share in your posts.

Wising you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving. May your blessings be bountiful today and always. Aloha. Janet

spofcher
spofcher

Dumb folks.

I like your below quote, which I slightly modified, " Social Media does not cure stupid, it enhances it."

My rule: Don't post anything that you would not want to see on the front page of The NeYork Times.

dbvickery
dbvickery

Astounding list, Sam. They'd be funny if you were not dumbfounded by the sheer stupidity!

PaulBiedermann
PaulBiedermann moderator

Another great one, Sam, and very thankful today that Google + has a “Command-Z” allowing edits to comments already posted. :-)

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick moderator

Nice wrap up of stupidity. Some are lame, some insensitive and some just plain stupid but all remind you that someone is ALWAYS listening on social media channels.

Quote I heard from Liz Strauss this week paraphrased: "Take a breath. There is no eraser for the internet."

Great post, as always!

samfiorella
samfiorella

@Steve Birkett Thanks Steve, your Grandmother was a wise woman. We could use a little more of that wisdom around the social web these days.

samfiorella
samfiorella

@RobFaggart It was referenced via searches and 2 reports we used did not mention "summer internship". Thanks for the clarification! The point of the listing does not change however.

samfiorella
samfiorella

@ScottMonty

Well, sadly, these are not uncommon stories. In my experience, good employees "on the job" are just as likely to screw up when they are given social media access. You must have a few interesting stories to share?!

samfiorella
samfiorella

@dabarlow Ha! I'd love to hear Forrest's insights on the craziness that is social media oversharing!

samfiorella
samfiorella

@PaulBiedermann LOL _ I've used that feature frequently. :) I'll use it more when G+ offers posting from my phone! No good usually comes from tweeting on a phone.

dabarlow
dabarlow

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:) (trying to be funny, but tweet could replace the shrimp)

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