Social media posts where employees harangue their bosses or mock groups of people can backfire quickly, and these seemingly innocuous tirades can be the cause for a termination.
Ill-conceived Facebook, Twitter or even LinkedIn posts by employees can also lead to social engineers using the information as a method to broadside the company and attack its network. Social media snafus are quickly becoming ubiquitous.
Twitter posts by Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump's press secretary, on January 26 were not only random, but unusual. The absurd posts read, "Aqenbpuu," followed by "n9y25ah7" the next day. While these nonsensical posts did not affect Spicer's future in the White House, other employees who choose to rant publicly on social media may not be so fortunate.
The beauty and horror of social media is the speed and the reach, said April Masini, a New York-based relationship and etiquette expert and author.
"You can just as easily tweet something fabulous as you can a faux pas which becomes a nightmare," she said. "Hitting send or submit or tweeting or posting too quickly — which we're all guilty of doing, because we're all doing too much at one time at some point in a normal day — can mean big problems."
If you realize your mistake, deleting the post does not ensure that a co-worker did not see it and instantly take a screenshot.
"It's very easy to share personal information to the world accidentally," Masini said. "It can be a nightmare, and the reality is that fast and furious is fabulous until it's an accident."