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A knight in twitter armour

Complaining about your job on twitter can have unpleasant consequences. Despite this, it does not seem to deter people from venting their workplace stresses on Twitter. In one week almost 22,000 people had posted complaints about their job, workplace, co-workers or boss on Twitter (Kawase, University of Hannover).

FireMe! is a tracker tool on Twitter that warns people when they have over stepped the mark with inappropriate comments about their workplace. To do this it uses an algorithm which searches for words/phrases that indicate someone is moaning about their workplace. The unhappy employee is then automatically sent the message “Can you imagine if your boss gets to know you said: ‘[insert inflammatory tweet]’. You said that on Twitter and the whole world can see it!”. All these tweets are collected onto the FireMe! website where there is a leader board of who has posted the most insults regarding their job.

The aim of FireMe! is to make social media users aware of easily accessible their online data is to the public, and the website states “on the internet once something is said, you can never take it back!”. As a social media user and blogger I disagree with this statement. It is possible to delete messages from facebook never to be seen again. For other websites, admittedly Google chaches all its web pages, but that does not mean that is chaches all web pages. For instance, I used to be a member of various forums which have sadly gone down, and there are not even cached copies available. Despite this, the statement may be true for Twitter. So, FireMe! advices users to tweet responsibly.

Do not fear. People are not getting fired left right and centre because of this. In the incidences where people have got fired due to inappropriate use of social media, is where a breach of contract is involved, or if that person’s job involves managing social media accounts for other brands.

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