Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Social Media Scandals & Weiner's Infamous Tweet

Social media can be your best friend, but it can also be your worst enemy. I wrote a blog post about how one word can ruin your credibility. In Rep. Weiner's case, it only takes one indiscreet photo.

I won't spend too much time on Rep. Weiner's guilty admission to the scantily-clad tweet he sent. I'll leave that to CNN. It's unfortunate that social media --once again -- has been used for unethical purposes. Charlie Sheen took advantage of Twitter for his own promotional purposes -- where there is celebrity smoke, there is Twitter fire. 

With politicians, scandal will follow at some point (i.e. President Clinton and Monica Lewinski, etc.) - that's a given. However, does social media platforms such as Twitter make it easier for politicians and celebrities to air their 'dirty laundry'? (no pun intended). 

I readily admit that I'm a news junkie and stay on top of late breaking news. After Rep. Weiner's awkward press conference yesterday, it makes me wonder where we are headed with social media. With just one Tweet, you could ruin your future or you could be famous (or both). On a positive note, PR agencies will never go out of business. 









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