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Glenn Halbrooks

Twitter Trouble Gets Congressional Staffer Fired

By February 11, 2013

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It's happened again -- a momentary lapse in judgment over a tweet has led to major career trouble. In this case, a spokesman for a Congressman has reportedly been fired for making an embarrassing tweet that appeared to come from his boss.

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Twitter has the power to jeopardize careers if it's not used with care.
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According to the Idaho Statesman, the offending tweet was "Me likey Broke Girls", which appeared to have come from the Twitter account of U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador. It was in reference to a TV promo for the CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls which showed the show's two female stars pole dancing.

Given the list of people who have damaged their careers through the Internet, like former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner and former U.S. Rep. Christopher Lee, this instance is hardly scandalous. But it's a reminder that using the Internet isn't a harmless pastime.

Check out these 10 social media trends to live by to weigh the power of Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media for both good and harm. Social media can bring great success, but can also inflict lasting damage when used carelessly.

What everyone in media should realize is that posts containing opinions, questionable photos or reports of outrageous behavior do matter. More and more, careers can hinge on those 140-character tweets and how they reflect on your employer.

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