Top of Mind Thursday March 6, 2014: Enduring, Not Endearing

Top of Mind Thursday
Last week, a misguided post from a teenager cost her father an $80K judgment award from his previous employer.

Leverage2Market LogoThe judgment had stipulated confidentiality, with the judgment becoming void if the terms were made public.

The parents shared the information with their daughter, who in turn created a Facebook post that discussed the case and referred to her parents and the school involved by name. According to the judge, that violated the terms of the agreement, and he nullified the settlement.

We’ve seen this happen before: Employees tweeting nasty comments about customers or employees, individuals posting inappropriate pictures that cost them their jobs. Too many people have still not learned the lesson. Presume whatever you put online may be seen by anyone and everyone, not just today or tomorrow but way into the future.

The Internet is enduring, not endearing. Don’t post anything–written, visual, audio or video–that you wouldn’t want to be associated with for a very long time.

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