Idiot Loses Job Offer Over Tweet

Wow. File this one under just plain dumb. It’s known now as the Cisco Fatty story. A guy with the handle “theconnor” gets a job offer and Tweets:

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.

This tweet caught the eye of Tim Levad, a channel partner advocate for Cisco, who was searching for web chatter about the brand. He sent a tweet in response:

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

Wow. The guy who dissed Cisco immediately set his Twitter account to private. But it was too late. The damage was done. Reminds me of a couple months ago when Ketchum’s PR guy’s tweet about Memphis during a trip to visit FedEx burned him. So many people still believe their tweets are only visible to their followers. No, people, no! Your tweets are not only out there to all – but they are out there forever!

Now, I know I defended the teen who got fired for her Facebook comment just a couple of weeks ago. But, I’d like to point out that a) she was only sixteen, and b) she said “today my job was so boring” without ever naming the company. We’ve all had bad days and we’ve all been sixteen so I maintain there was some gray area there. In my view that’s very different from someone saying outright that he will hate the work at Cisco. This guy should have known better. Let me know if you dis/agree…

QUICK CORRECTION: further media investigation reveals “theconnor” was a woman. Like so many others, I made the assumption the “idiot” was a guy.

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