I read today that Twitter has well over 30 million users, and that number is growing by leaps and bounds. Of those more than 30 million users, how many do you think have used Twitter in a way that could jeopardize their jobs? Are you one of them? Don't answer too fast. I was surprised to find out that I was making some classic Twitter mistakes, and you might be too. And so I give you three simple ways to tweet yourself out of a job.
1. Say something inappropriate about your boss, colleague, or employer.
Most of us think we know better than this. We don't insult our boss or the company we work for. But are we always being as discreet as we should be? Just a few weeks ago, British Airways union boss Derek Simpson tweeted about confidential union negotiations
, as he was in the middle of them
. This is an extreme example, and I really can't imagine doing this, but can I honestly say that I've never shared confidential information without thinking about it? Maybe you have a really horrible colleague who just got fired, and she completely deserved it, and you really
want to share it with all your followers. Don't. Some of your followers probably know where you work, and your employer does not appreciate you sharing this kind of gossip on the web.