Monday, September 30, 2013

Don’t talk Smack on the Internet...It Will Come Back to Haunt You

Written by Lauren  Lind

To talk smack means to either talk aggressively or boisterously or to slander. No matter how much you may hate your co-worker’s obnoxious laugh or hate the way your boss piles a seemingly endless amount of work on your desk, do not post or tweet anything negative about them because it will in fact come back to haunt you. Do not bash the institution or company that employs you and refrain from talking smack about other businesses unless you intend to cause a stir. You might think that your posts and tweets are discreet because you are not personally friends with that particular person, however with today’s social media networks, there is a good chance that one of your friends will know someone that is affiliated with the very source you are talking badly about.

The World Wide Web has opened up a vast platform for people to voice their onions and access to this information is readily available. A peer of mine two years ago, got into trouble with the law and was eventually found guilty of assault due to a Facebook post that she posted immediately after the incident. Had she not posted the status, the police would not have had any evidence. Moral of the story, first of all, don’t assault anyone and second of all don’t be stupid online.

Recently, a company who shall remain anonymous, tweeted about every CU intern they’ve had being quitters. Word got around and now that particular company has to deal with the many repercussions stemming from one employee’s actions. Employers will look at your social media accounts (even if you think they are hidden) so be conscious of the image you are projecting online.

So there you have it, keep the nasty talk about others to yourself. Even if it doesn’t cause problems right away, rest assured that one way or another it will come back to haunt you. Besides, no one likes working with a negative nancy. Companies are looking for positive employees. Our Mothers had it right when they told us that if we don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.