People should be careful of what you tweet/post/shout out...

@Theresaaiza (10484)
Australia
June 16, 2010 8:09pm CST
It's your words against you. I have read about many celebrities who got in trouble and who got entangled in some form of showbiz and personal mess all because of what they write on their twitter page, or facebook, or friendster. As a public figure, EVERYBODY READS what you write! There are people from the media who are like sharks waiting for their next meal of celebrity controversy. You catch a fish through its mouth...so much like killing a bird by it's too much tweeting! If you were a public figure, would you rather choose to keep your negative comments to yourself, or would you prefer to be honest and go rapid fire about how you feel on some famous social sites?
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@Hmouse20 (132)
17 Jun 10
Interesting concept... i'm not sure how i would act in their situation. All i know is that as public figures, they have a moral responsibility to their fans or followers, and shouldn't be airing their dirty laundry in public. However we all know that the industry as you so nicely put it feeds upon this scandal in order to sell magazines etc. So we're in a catch 22. I know of celebrities who leak their own scandals in order to create a media frenzy. (whatever that means!) And they enjoy having people talking about their most personal aspects of life. All publicity is good publicity for them. So it doesn't really shock me that they complain and moan on social networking sites. I just don't think i would as much.
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@GardenGerty (101890)
• United States
17 Jun 10
You are so right. For some people there is no such thing as bad attention, and anything that gets their name on the lips of the public is something good.
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@Hmouse20 (132)
17 Jun 10
Exactly... it's sort of twisted in a way to want people to insult you and discuss your personal life like that. Not sure i could cope with it. :(
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@GardenGerty (101890)
• United States
17 Jun 10
I am not famous or well known at all, but I would keep my comments to myself anyway. I do not say anything that I would not want family and friends to know about me. I do not put it in writing, and I do not put it out on the internet. There is always someone waiting to trip you up with your own words.
@Hmouse20 (132)
17 Jun 10
That's right... how irritating would it be if someone could argue with you whilst quoting things that you've said (or published online) as a response. I think i'd be livid (with them and myself for saying it in the first place!) Best to keep things to a safe minimal hello and such.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
17 Jun 10
But some people or I sometimes just can't seem to hold some stuffs back, although I only got into trouble once or twice and it wasn't even my own words. An officemate ranted about her job and unintentionally demoralized our boss in the process, who in turn, read her post and was raging mad after that. The problem is, I felt her sentiments so I copy-pasted her statements and posted it on my own FB account and guess what, we all both had to write an apology letter! But it was behind us now.
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@Hmouse20 (132)
17 Jun 10
I guess it's probably easier to work with the the normal quiet people in the industry rather than the extrovert lunatics right?! Well i'm glad i'm not the only one who thinks this!
@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
17 Jun 10
I am on some social networking sites but, because I never want to embarrass my husband, or myself, I am careful of what I say. Also, I would never want to make it hard to get a job because of something I put in a status. I am well aware that anything you put online is permanent. I am proud of my public profile and never want to regret saying something. I have made it a rule not to say anything in a status update that I wouldn't say to anyone in the entire world. That is always in the back of my mind when I think of something to say in my status.
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@karen1969 (1788)
17 Jun 10
That is a sensible approach. I am a bit too impulsive and if I want to write something, I will just write it!!
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
22 Jun 10
I also heard about issues on FB being one of the reasons why some people don't land into a job because employers have gotten smart and what better way to know their potential employees than to check out the social sites where he or she is a member. That is why we need to choose our words. I am not saying that we become less honest. We just have to use the proper venue.
@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
17 Jun 10
i think celebrities are just being true to themselves when they tweet/post/shout out. like we normal people we just vent, or put something when we feel bad and we put also something when we are happy. or sometimes we put something that is just crazy or nasty. for a celebrity... to post good or bad still it draws attention. you are no longer human when all you put is good things as all people has not so good thing part as well. i guess they are just being true to their selves if they post something. media always watch what they do, good or bad it always ends up in the paper. some of this celebrities are used to it already so they dont mind. this is how being popular pay the price.
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@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
17 Jun 10
Somehow it still pays to be more careful. Some stars are not very happy about bad publicity and issues still upset them. The thing is they could have avoided it in the first place, and saved them the time and effort of having to defend and explain themselves.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
17 Jun 10
If I was a public figure, I'd keep most of my spur-of-the-moment thoughts to myself. I'd still get a charge out of reading other people's slips though. Keep that in mind for when YOU get famous, ok?
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
22 Jun 10
That part was a public service message. You'd never guess where he got it from....
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
23 Jun 10
Oh yeah? Where?
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Jun 10
There was something about my company debunking what somebody had tweeted about it. If the person worked here, they could probably get fired for posting something negative about the company. Yup, be careful about what you post publicly unless you're prepared to deal with the repercussions.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
24 Jun 10
I was once guilty of posting online against the company but that was a copy-paste version of a shoutout from my co worker. Meaning the words didn't come from. Bad thing was our boss got angry and made us write an apology letter. Good thing was, the thing we were ranting about got resolved because they made a step about it. Some people need some pushing for them to work.
@lumenmom (1996)
• United States
19 Jun 10
I think that is very good advice. Personally I tend to watch what and how I say things. I try to stay as positive and/or diplomatic as possible. I think all adults, not just celebrities would do well to watch what they put in print on the internet. They never know when their professional image will be on the line.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
22 Jun 10
I truly agree with you. Although I understand it when famous people just couldn't keep their mouth shut. They are human just like us. The only downside to it is that they don't enjoy privacy as much as ordinary people do.
@karen1969 (1788)
17 Jun 10
I am probably far too honest, I think. I am sure I would put too much personal information online! I would just have to hope if I ever got famous, I didn't have time to go online!!
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
22 Jun 10
Well somehow I understand you. There are things we feel free divulging about to the public because in the first place, there really is nothing to hide. It's just that many bad things happen because of our big mouth (or big fingers?)...and like spoken words, we couldn't take those back. I sure hope you'd still get famous though!
@manubla (474)
• Philippines
17 Jun 10
I agree with you about celebs. But if I were in their shoes, I really don't know. If I were to base it on my current personality (assuming that I'm this way even if I'm a public figure), probably I won't go public with my comments. I value my privacy. I am also not comfortable of using the shoutout/tweet to tell everyone of my whereabouts or what I'm feeling. I've tried it a few times but I realized I don't want everyone to know where I've been or what I've been doing through my posts so I stopped. :)
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
19 Jun 10
Yes some people don't feel too comfortable about posting the whereabouts of their life on their social sites. It's good that you are protecting your privacy.
@jennbart (1332)
• Philippines
17 Jun 10
In a way yes. But in my case for as long as I dont name names, just some blind items. They wont be able to nail me for it. I'am no celebrity anyway. I just tweet what I feel.. well, now if the people Iam referring to in that tweet got affected. Its not my problem anymore.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
19 Jun 10
Yes better be safe than sorry. But I also hope you won't be affected when someone tweets against you.
• Philippines
17 Jun 10
hi there. i totally agree with you. even those who aren't public figures, they have problems with facebook,twitter and other tweet accounts. let's face it, celebrities do NOT have the right to their social lives. what more tweeting. everything that they post and comment could either be good for them or bad for them. sad to say, as long as people remember uttering their names, they will always be the source of issue. let along twitting about their personal lives. people always come up with something to talk about.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
18 Jun 10
Yes, one of the downsides of being famous is that you lose your right to privacy. I feel sorry for some kids who were born to famous people because their birthright is to have no personal and private life! And people, even I, feed from a lot of their controversies. :D
@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
17 Jun 10
Reminds me of an Aesop's fable. A fox was strolling one night when he heard a bird sing a beautiful sad song as he passed by a house. Now, very night when he passes through the house, he can hear the bird sing. After a few nights he approached the bird which he found was inside a cage. He then asked the bird: "Why do you sing at night and not during the day, when all the other birds sing?" the bird replied, "I used to sing in the morning, but that is how I got caught by a hunter and placed in this cage". Similar with the tweet wars on going, people should always consider the effect of what will happen when they open their traps. What you might say might be your downfall. Like the bird, the bird sang, not caring what will happen, and then BAM! a hunter grabs him and cages here forever.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
17 Jun 10
That bird should never have a Twitter Account! Nice fable!
@davity (52)
• United States
17 Jun 10
yep.. :) what you say actually reflects what you are :)
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
17 Jun 10
And probably how short or long it is? Just kidding
@Hatley (164506)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Jun 10
Theresaaiza as my son is always telling me never put anything on the net that you do not want the whole world to know about.So if I was a celebrity I would indeed keep negative remarks to myself as I am a private person and also I would want to keep the same morals and character I had before I became a star.After all stars like us common folk do use mirrors and they can either smile at themselves in the mirror or shudder because they are ashamed of what has been goingon in their private lives.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
17 Jun 10
That is right. Sometimes we think it doesn't matter so long as you are only expressing yourself but words said cannot be taken back and when it boomerangs on you, you realize that it does matter what you say.
• United States
23 Jun 10
I hear you on this one. I was writing about a person that I've been having problems with and all of a sudden she calls me and tells me that my boyfriend( now ex) was saying a whole bunch of stuff about me behind my back. Supposedly this was to his family. Anyways, stuff can get you in trouble and although this really didn't me, it does show to go that people do read this stuff. the twitter accounts are usually guarded by the owners but a lot of face book and my space accounts are taken care of by there editors. So sometimes it's the editors.