What You Say Will Come Back to Haunt You

I’ve talked many times before about the dangers of saying the wrong thing online. Things that you say on the Internet can – and WILL eventually – come back to bite you in the ass. A sad trend I’ve seen lately is the number of people who tweet while they are inebriated. Sure, they may delete the tweet the next day while sober again. However, the damage has been done. People like Robert Scoble could call you out on it, forever reminding people of what you said. Others will retweet you, or somehow archive what you’ve said. Worse yet, your boss may read it.

A few hours ago, Lynn Fox (the VP of PR for Palm) posted something I think she may soon regret:

Men, I love you all, but someone needs to be honest with you at some point. You’re retarded. Unless you’re gay. Let the healing begin.

Oy vey. I won’t begin to speculate as to what prompted her to send something like this over Twitter for her followers – and the World – to see. I will, however, repeat myself once again… Watch. What. You. Say. Online!. It’s not that difficult, people. Stop signing into Twitter when you are drunk, stoned, pissed off, depressed or whatever other emotional state you are in. It’s FINE to share things with your network. I’m not saying you shouldn’t. But if you cannot be both coherent and even – dare I say it? – NICE, then you have no business Twittering at that time. Take a step back. Think about what the hell you are frantically typing. Take a breath and then re-read what you’re saying before you hit that Send button, people.

I have said my fair share of stupid things in my life, some even recently I’m sure. However, I DO attempt not to alienate an entire gender with just a few words. I’m sure Ms. Fox knows that not all of us men are “retarded”. Many of us may be jerks, and some may even be downright assholes. But as a whole, did we really deserve that?