One might be surprised to learn how much damage he could do in 140 characters. Twitter can be a great tool to interact with faceless strangers and with friends, but it can also be a dangerous weapon if somebody does not realize what harm he or she can do while using the social media website. A former digital communications manager for National Basketball Association club the Houston Rockets got a little carried away when he was making what he thought was an innocent joke. That joke that he sent out to the world via Twitter got him fired, and it is thus a message that he probably regrets Tweeting.
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried had an easy gig playing the voice of the Aflac duck. All that he had to do was say one word in his well-known voice, and he made a decent living doing so. That job disappeared all because Gottfried made insensitive jokes about a tragedy that affected that country of Japan. There are some incidents that can be considered to be humorous or that can be joked about. Others, however, have serious and sorrowful affects on fellow human beings. Gottfried seemingly forgot this as he opened up his Twitter account, and his Tweets caused him to be fired by the company.
Fans of television shows have been known to get upset when “spoilers” have been leaked via websites such as Twitter. One actress received more than responses from upset fans when she decided that she wanted to use Twitter to give away a future storyline for the program Glee. The show's producer was less than pleased to see the post that had been Tweeted out by the actress, so much so that he took to the website to hint that she had been fired from that show. Twitter can provide entertainment, but it can also lead to you looking for new work if you are not careful each time that you open up your account page.
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Official Twitter accounts for professional sports teams use the website for banter. It's fun, and it is a way for those clubs to get noticed by fans. Chad Shanks was working as the communications manager of the Houston Rockets in April 2015 when he went a bit too far on Twitter as Houston was on the verge of defeating the Dallas Mavericks. He posted an image of a gun pointed toward the head of a horse, along with the following message: “Shhhhh. Just close your eyes. It will all be over soon.” Shanks went to his personal Twitter page to apologize for his actions. That was after, per Deadspin, he was fired by the Rockets.
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