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Bad Tweets: 8 Ways Tweets Can Get You Fired

People get fired for social media posts every day. Don't join the club!


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Copyright Aaron Durand (@everydaydude) for Twitter, Inc.

Hello, friend. Today we're learning the important lessons of bad Tweets including how to Tweet like a total jerk and get yourself fired. If you do the opposite of these things, you might not get fired! No promises, however.

This won't be painless, but it will be fairly simple, so let's get into it. 

1. Tweet something negative about your boss. Think your boss will never see that Tweet about how he's a raging jerkwad? Think again! Bosses like to pretend they're not socially savvy so they can see if you're being a total social media amateur.

2. Tweet something bad about the business you work for. This is actually worse than Tweeting about your boss because you won't have one person mad at you, you'll have an entire corporation excited to put you out on the street. Also, the legal issues.

3. Tweet on behalf of yourself, on your employers' account. It's great that your employer trusts you to manage social media and Tweet for them, so don't go on an f-bomb spree about the football game with an accidental slip of the wrong send button.

4. Be a total jerk in your personal feed. Whether you like it or not, you're representing your employer on Twitter. This is even truer if you work for a small business, and especially if you have a public face for the business. What you say reflects upon them because who keeps a racist, homophobic, potty-mouthed, dog-hater on their team, right?

5. Post photos of yourself doing something idiotic. If your college professors didn't tell you already that what you post in social media matters, then I'm sorry, but it does. Photos of you wasted, doing drugs or giving the finger to a homeless person just doesn't fly. In fact, giving the finger to the homeless person should get you fired from life, not just your job.

6. Do something you're not supposed to do. There are companies that won't allow you to give referrals to your colleagues. Yes, really. So if someone gets fired and you give them a verbal referral / shout-out on Twitter, they can technically fire you.

7. Tweet while you're working. Unless your job involves Tweeting under your own personal account (sweet deal!) then you're leaving a very obvious trail of goof-off breadcrumbs in the form of timestamps on every Tweet you send.

8. Look for a new job on Twitter. Yes, Twitter is a great way to get a job, but doing it out in the open where any of your colleagues and your boss can see you schmoozing is probably a good way to get an early exit.

One example of a guy who lost his job before he got is it @theconnor who famously Tweeted: "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 the work." 

Cisco's response? "Who is the hiring manager?" and then, "I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web." 

Yes, this is real life. Guess what? Job offer revoked!

Other examples include a woman who got sacked for having a private sex blog on the side, a waiter who complained about not getting a tip, and lots of news reporters either sharing unverified news, or posting their own opinions about controversial topics.

Think You Can't be Fired for a Tweet? Think Again.

About.com Jobs expert Allison Doyle says, "most states are "employment at will" meaning that the company doesn't need a reason to terminate your employment. Employment at will means that an employee can be terminated at any time without any reason (unless there is a prohibited form of discrimination)."

It's pretty simple. If you can't control your urges to write work-unfriendly public Tweets, then flip the switch and make your account private. That means only people you follow (and that are following back) can see what you post. 

And then, smartypants, don't follow your boss, okay?

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