Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lesson in The Cost of Twitter

One of my talking points for students about social media is that at least when dealing with the traditional media you could take the approach of being misquoted. On your Facebook or Twitter, you have no one to blame but yourself, and it could cost you dearly.

Just ask Gilbert Gottfried, the current poster boy for inappropriate statements cost you jobs.

The comedian did what acerbic comedians do: make sarcastic light of bad circumstances. Not gonna repeat, but I'll link if you really want to see.

Unfortunately for Gottfried, one of his big gigs is being the voice of the Aflac duck.

Guess who is big in the Japanese insurance market? To the tune of one in four homes big.

That would be Gottfried's former employer.

Now, he wasn't alone. 50 Cent had his shock joke as well. And the State Department lost it's spokesperson for giving an opinion about the WikiLeak-er.

No comments: